anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Spring

Friday, March 31, 2006

Illustration Friday - Spring


Vernal Sentiment

Though the crocuses poke up their heads in the usual places
The frog scum appear on the pond with the same froth of green,
And boys moon at girls with last year's fatuous faces,
I am never bored, however familiar the scene.

When from under the barn the cat brings a similar litter, –
Two yellow and black, and one that looks in between, –
Though it all happened before, I cannot grow bitter:
I rejoice in the spring, as though no spring ever had been.

-Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963)

(micron pen/colored in photoshop)

81 Comments:

Blogger heatherpink said...

ohhh so pretty.

8:47 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Woo hoo! #1! (That's definitely an accomplishment on IF.) I enjoy Roethke and have even used snippets of his poetry for titles for my paintings. The slightly-less slick look of this illustration, the use of negative space in the stalk/hair, etc., are really appealing to me, Carla. This is different from a lot of your work and I like it a lot. (Very springy colours.)

8:48 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I was usurped! That's what I get for being so wordy.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

She is so soft and lovely. I love the way you did the colors, the way the blend together. I love her downcast gaze. I am planning to submit for this, though I am no way near as quick as everyone on there. Mine will be Illustration Friday on Monday, or Tues, etc. ;)

8:59 PM  
Blogger AnastasiaC said...

so calm and pretty - lovely!

8:59 PM  
Blogger camera shy said...

love this piece

and

you have great taste in poets

9:19 PM  
Blogger Ursa said...

great! beautiful drawing. and beautiful medieval face.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

Nice work, love strokes in hair and face, really soft !

9:35 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Love it! I like the soft background. I can really relate to the quote-- we've had our first lambs this week, and as much trouble as they can be, it's always such a joy to watch them take those first wobbly steps,and hear the little buzzing cries.

9:44 PM  
Blogger JO said...

I can only repeat the first word that came to mind viewing your work. Lovely!

10:45 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

love this Carla! especially the way you fogged out the flower pattern that is soooo nice! Beautiful woman and poem!!!

11:01 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

So delicate and fresh... definitely evokes spring. I really like the background blur vrs the sharp detail in the foreground. And the poem, it rings so true. Spring!

11:24 PM  
Blogger . said...

Every time I come over to your blog I think of nymphs, spirits, tragic heroins like Ophelia from Hamlet, or Juliet, all romantic and fantastic things, but you never make them into cliches, they are always your own.

I love the way you articulate the lines, the angles and curves all wok together to hold the youth and the age of the piece. The colors solid or blured, all of it is so wonderful.

I always wondered how how you get so many people to comment and I guess that is why.

Have a lovely Spring.

12:34 AM  
Blogger audrey said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I have enjoyed looking at all of your wonderful art.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Wonderful rendering with the sweet face emerging from the faded flowers. And youalways find such suitable and beautiful poems to go with your creations.

1:48 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

I love the tenderness the lines in this one convey and the delicate colouring is very appropriate altogether very beautiful.

3:11 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Carla, thanks for the clever comments about boobs and snail flowers. :-) Love your illustration as always, this one feels a little different. Keep up the wonderful work!!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I knew you would make a lovely Spring contribution to IllFri! She is the personification of the season - so soft, fresh, and romantic. The softening effects you used really make this piece come together as well as the delicateness of the lines. I love her hair - so floral! Wonderful poem as well to compliment your Spring beauty!!

10:19 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Spring slowly rising out of the clutches of winter! Great stuff, Carla!

11:02 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Mmmmm, this is what spring is all about. Your art work and the words coincided beautifully. Great job as usual Carla. Its breath taking.
a.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the simplicity of the lines and colors, her hair in a pin curl? The flowers fading, one as an earring...the softness of the first time the spring air kisses our cheeks. I like the poem it goes well with your artwork!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

What a beautiful serene scene for spring. Love it.

12:56 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

She has the delicate fresh look of spring, do I like the poem as well, spring is always new and renewing. Wonderful!

1:01 PM  
Blogger khya said...

Very pretty, spring in all it's glory! So very delicate!

1:23 PM  
Blogger albina said...

Great poem – how can one ever get over the miracle of spring?
Love the image – to sleep on a bed of grass and spring flowers, or rise from one…

2:11 PM  
Blogger Katili said...

An absolutely beautiful illo, so delicate and sensible. Colours are device and I love the blur you used.

3:13 PM  
Blogger zordis said...

the wheat lady is so pale and feminine. True woman as she enters to Spring. Lovely and simple with a lot of romance!

Your monsterlady is as well fab. Love the combination og material and persons!

Great!

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeannine said...

Lovely. The colors are light, and airy, and the entire piece has a very feminine feel to it. I always enjoy your work.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

She is so lovely. I really like this face shape. Wonderful colors and softness. Brandi

4:56 PM  
Blogger Alexa Brett said...

Outside it may be raining...but looking on my monitor at your blog, I am transported into the fresh beauty of Spring... Thank you for the escape! :-)

7:48 PM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Really like the drawing...the way you incorporated the wheat into her face etc. :) Lovely...

1:43 AM  
Blogger F L E E said...

nice take on the theme.
very soft and feminine drawing!

10:06 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

This has so many beautiful qualities to it. It is light and airy, delicate and elegant. I love the soft colors. Perfect for spring!

12:04 PM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

how wonderous… just like spring itself… fresh and compelling…

1:21 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

How enchanting. There is a special serenity in this illustration. And you always find just the right words to express the feelings we encounter in your drawings.

2:38 PM  
Blogger kg said...

love, love, love the roethke poem! this sketch is great - such pretty colors. her flora updo is so cool.

3:42 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Like the quote, the wheel turns around.. the same but different. She's like someone coming out of a cosy warm place in winter to feel the first signs of spring in the air. Wistful.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Kaya said...

This is lovely, wispy, delicate, yet alive and vibrant, just like spring! Love the quote.

4:16 PM  
Blogger isay said...

you have used different kind of filters here that has made her face vibrant and more visible. i like the leaves on the side of her face going up to her neatly tied like ribbons on top.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Wow. This is something new from you and I love it! Your loose lines and soft background. I never grow tired of seeing your take on each week's theme.

11:33 PM  
Blogger String said...

Beautiful and whimsical, is she dreaming of bees and summer to come?

3:17 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

I like the contrast between sharp and fuzzy textures... and the plummy flowers with the mint greens. Now I'm wondering if she IS Spring, or a fatuous face, or the one who is not bored......

4:22 AM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

This is beautiful, I love the colours, the detail in her hair and how some bits are blurred. Great quote too.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Beautiful drawing, I love that she has leaves intertwined with her hair so that it is impossible to tell where the foliage ends and starts, your attention to detail is stunning.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Lovely delicated piece!! :)

11:27 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Lovely drawing...and, such a precious look on the young lady's face. Beautiful! I really LOVE how you did he hair!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

This is beautiful Carla.

12:17 PM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

she looks so delicate and sweet. and i love the softness of the colors.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous shawn said...

Oh carla! I Love this! the softness/blurred work is beautiful coupled with the black outlines in her hair and face and crocuse is really wonderful. I love the contrast. And the various blends of yellow in her hair.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

she's a beauty carla, the background reminds me of an old grateful dead t-shirt ;)

9:15 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Her beautiful sadness, the flowers in her hair and the dark joy of Roethke make me imagine the woman as a contemporary Ophelia--melancholy, but newly hopeful and going for a better end than the first one she thought of... a spring instead, a beginning.

2:28 AM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

so very soft and springlike.. lovely...

7:46 AM  
Blogger Libra Larki said...

Hi carla,
Unusual beautiful,very beautiful illustration!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Very lovely and soft. I love the flowers by her face. She looks lost in thought. Well done.

10:21 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Such a reflective and silent picture, however bold the colors. Great stuff!

12:23 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Fresh and lovely...and yet I feel she is hiding something... perhaps her secret love of Old Monster? She dreams of slipping him away from Medusa's ever watchful eyes.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Carla, As usual a beautiful image. She's Queen of Spring pondering if she should wake up from her long winter nap.

4:05 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Carla! You draw sooo nicely! And this one really reminds us of the real Spirit of Spring. Colours, softness... And your drawing is delicate and chamrming!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

I'd be flattered if you put me on your blogroll, Carla. Thanks for asking! I've put you on mine, as well.

Again, gorgeous image.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

I really like this because it is peaceful yet exciting to look at.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Beautiful and calming. As always, wonderful job.

10:08 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I hadn't been to your website in a while. I like all the new paintings you put up. I had hoped to write more, but my daughter is crying have to go see why...

10:55 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

So peaceful.... I LOVE the flowers.

You should design bed sheets... I would love to lay my head on a pillow of those flowers, natch!

Smooch,
The Tart

11:19 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Such a soft, delicate and sensitive image, Carla. Thank you for the nice comments.

11:57 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Winsome and fresh!

12:01 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This is so pretty, and vaguely mythic. I love the way the long grass curves up her cheek to blend with her hair, a goddess of the earth.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Gise said...

Lovely, very relax illustration.Beautiful!!!

10:10 AM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is a beautiful, peaceful drawing and the poem is wonderful.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

She is soft and elegant. Reminds me of a Geisha among spring blossoms. Beautiful poem that talks of spring so well.
We woke up to snow covered crocus and daffodils this morning. But it was still beautiful.
I like the new background of your blog.

10:55 PM  
Blogger deboraht said...

Really lovely work!

11:01 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I love the soft, out-of-focus, look of this illustration. It reminds me of an antique portrait.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

a soft peaceful illo! I like her hair too.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

Delightful and delicated!

3:22 AM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Hmm, that poem - I don't know :).

The picture though, is divine! I love everything about it - the lightness of touch in the linework, the decisions made on not outlining parts where the colour can carry it, the diagonal composition, the Sun seeping through, the woven plants and hair, the textuers and most of all the facial expression. Wonderful!

5:10 AM  
Blogger disappointed said...

lovely image - redonesque

6:24 AM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Wow, Carla, I LOVE that illustration! It's gorgeous! Also love Roethke.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Dreamy... I really like the contrast between the soft-focus and the sketched lines. Wonderful color choices, per your usual.

9:57 PM  
Blogger phinner said...

I'm always so flattered when you comment on my IF posts!!! Thanks!!!

This is beautiful! I love the contrast of the soft-focus and the vivid lines. She looks a bit melancholic, I wonder what is weighing on her mind?

10:29 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

Beautiful - its so delicate!

1:50 PM  
Blogger wynlen said...

I like her calm expression and her hair.
www.wynlen.no

4:49 PM  
Blogger Lydia said...

you have a very interesting style! very cool! thank you for your comments on my blog...much appreciation!

2:50 PM  

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