anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Speed

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Illustration Friday - Speed

Once again, Fortuna spins her wheel in my favor. I had thought about taking a break from Illustration Friday this week; I've had so much going on lately, and I've been backed up trying to meet both personal and work deadlines. But as it turns out, I am able to use the drawing I did for this month's Journeys book project (this month I had Debbie Weber's Energy as Movement book) to illustrate Speed as well.

Sometimes the energy of the universe seems to move around and through me with incredible speed. My senses become overloaded between processing the information I need to function in the practical world, and channeling the inspiration I need to create art. But when I can still myself and just let this energy flow, it's exhilaratingly beautiful. The experts seem to agree:

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. - Aristotle

There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. - Mahatma Gandhi

What kind of scale compares the weight of two beauties, the gravity of duties, or the ground speed of joy? Tell me, what kind of gage can quantify elation? - Ani Difranco

This drawing is intentionally very busy to convey the feeling of energy, speed, fragmentation, and elation.

(micron pen & prismacolor markers on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper)


Anonymous Pati @-;-- said...

Beautiful. I love the feeling that ur illo brings to me. Look at the leaves flying around... I just love it!

12:37 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I love the way the particles of sun turn into leaves! The flowers growing on the robe and the amazing movement in this is magnetic. I can't pry my eyes off this lovely!!! So glad you were able to fit this in!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

May I be the first to say, please please do not take a break from Illustration Friday (selfish of me, huh?)! I love opening your page every week and knowing that I will find a feast for my eyes. This one is just spectacular and fitting to the topic. I love the energy flowing from the sun and back from the tree. The quilt-like dress and hair are wonderfully intermingled. If you must take a break, I will be sad, but will understand! :-)

1:33 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

P.S. How did you get your Microns to take so well to the watercolor paper? Mine start to run out...

1:34 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

The colors are so wonderful and the message is just great. So glad you fit IF in your busy schedule--your entries are always so much fun.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Arty said...

Lovely work Carla and lovely decription of the work too.
It really helps you to see when such good words accompany the image.

Tom Byrne

1:50 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Everything, each object on the move, a little whirlpool, looks like the wind is moving through her and out, I like all the bits of color, very enjoyable to look at.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I could just stare at this allllll dayyyyyy longggggg. In fact I looked at it for awhile. Carla this piece is incredable! The detail, the colors, the flow...amazing! I want to keep looking at it to see what else I missed.
Really amazing piece.

2:14 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Beautiful.... a MAGICAL quilt. Luv this one, bunches!

So wonderful and splendid... time for a picnic in dreamy land!

Fanciful smooch,
The Tart

3:04 PM  
Blogger scarecrow said...

The patchwork background remindes me of a warm and cosy quilt. Very seldom do comfort and speed come together so nicely.

Good one!


6:06 PM  
Blogger isay said...

i think you have tried to minimize your time and yet, still come up with a beautiful illustration without putting away your forte. you have a way with making your artworks really outstanding by making use of colors and pattern and well balancing of time and expertise.

you are so creative and your choices of quotables quotes are perfect. i like them all.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Everything flows in this piece. A definite swirl of energy
and emotions. Every time I let go of the chaos the energy flows smoothly and swiftly. beautiful piece! the journeys book will be awesome

6:21 PM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

Amazing illo, love the movement and teh beautiful patterns !

7:57 PM  
Blogger . said...

I went for a walk the other day and everything was coming back to life, becoming green again, and the air was full of sun, and water (it had just rained) and the smell of the earth; I felt so energized and alive, you describe that walk so well with your picture.

On top of all that I am writing a paper on Latent Inhibition, the minds ability to screen out information. Creative people screen out less things and are more obsorbed in information that plays on the senses. The picture describes this obsorbtion so perectly.

Of course, I could talk about the picture forever but I will stop here.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow, all the wonderful color!

10:00 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Strong patterning here. This is one of your better pieces. My favourite part is the tree (awesome) and the way you've evenly spaced the leaves coming down to make both a foreground image and a background pattern. I'm glad you had something to pull out this week, Carla, as I doubt I'll have anything ready in time with my multitude of other projects/pressures happening right now.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Great colors and energy capture.

11:41 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the swirling of the leaves and sun rays blend in perfect harmony, matched with the cover she embraces which grounds her to the earth as the mulit-colored patched land. Life moves, creates weaves and stands still to soak it in.
Wonderful illustration!

12:21 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

lovely, serene and dreamy.. a great treat to the eyes!

12:37 AM  
Anonymous irvine said...

mmm... if you look at this before going to sleep.. I will have beautiful dreams! hee {{huggss}}

12:40 AM  
Blogger Natura said...

Movement and beauty of contemplation, that's what makes me think about.

Your work is not only beautiful but makes you think, really like it :)

1:18 AM  
Blogger albina said...

I think this one is more colorful, powerful and narrative than your other works. It is astounding to see progress and speed, as you have been moving ahead in your art.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

Wov, there sure is a speed of nature growing in your beautiul illo. I can almost hear the sound of plants popping out. The colouring is very sixties, I remember I used that patchwork quilt technique, too when I was in my late teens. A very beautiful drawing and a special thanks for waking the memory.

5:19 AM  
Blogger Leda Cruz said...

thank you for your comment. I liked you work very much, they are so delicate and poetic.

6:36 AM  
Blogger frank h said...

its great!
my first impression when I saw your illo was - time running... and running without stop

nice design and colors for a very good idea!

your art has an 'innocent' , peaceful touching very personal. unique

I liked it

9:53 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Carla, beautiful work as usual! Are you by any chance a fan of A Confederacy of Dunces, the book? Your reference to Fortuna caused me to ask. :-)

12:03 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Ah - you are most perceptive, Willie! Yes, indeed:>

1:50 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

I don't feel fragmentation when I see this. I see the world quilted together in one glorious blanket.

Beautiful illustration. The details I go gaga for.

2:41 PM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

This is stunning Carla!

2:45 PM  
Anonymous melanie komisarski said...

beautiful illustration... wonderful words.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

WOW! Your illo is amazing. I love it. Absolutely beautiful.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

This is really gorgeous. Such a terrific illio.

I love the quotes too. The one from Ghandi is something I am going to copy and read over and over. This really hits home.


4:35 PM  
Blogger Rick Lovell said...

Inretesting interpretation of the theme,and beautifully done, as usual. I'd love to see the actual artwork...looks like there must be lots of marks and textures that get lost in the reduction, but it's still quite rich and luscious.

5:10 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Your illustration and post are both very beautiful. I love how the woman and the earth around her seem to be woven together in a magnificent quilt like pattern. The colors are amazing.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Rectite23 said...

this is beautiful! how long did it take?

6:20 PM  
Blogger carla said...

Thank you all for your kind comments! rectite23 - this took several hours. I worked on it for a few days last week in the evening, a couple of hours at a time, and finished it up Saturday morning. Once I did the basic shapes, I worked on the patterns within the shapes, and when I had enough of that done to get an idea of where I wanted to start coloring, I kind of went back and forth between linework and color.

6:30 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

This is so beautiful! Just looking at this illustration paints a beautiful story! I love the colors, the lines, and the "feel" it gives me as I look at it. I am glad you decided to do this week's illo (like many others...I look forward to seeing your piece!).


7:48 PM  
Blogger Alexandra S said...

I'm visiting your site for the first time. Your work is so beautiful. And as a quote junkie, I am copying a few of these down! Thank you!

9:44 PM  
Blogger cristosova said...

The speed of the world whirls through me at times too, and then I need to find back my center. But I don´t look as lovely and beautiful as your Lady then :)

Great quotes! (Amazing to think at what time Gandhi must have said that already...)

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

I was curious to see how you would interpret this week's theme and as usual you have done a stunning job. Thanks for the visual speed treat :-)

11:19 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Multicolour dream coat! Beautiful, Carla!

12:47 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I came by to see what you came up with for Speed and was not disappointed! You've used some very beautiful colors. Fortuna always reminds me of Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

This is beautiful, love the colors and the motion all over - really, really nice.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

My first impression was that the Beautiful Patchwork Woman was being chased by the Autumn Leaves of Doom.

The universe rushes through my brain all the time- I wish I could hold on to a thought through the cotton candy of my mind.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Eric Smith said...

Great work! Good use of negative space, and the abstract is very captivating. Although it would have been nice to see a bit more of a color theme.

5:59 PM  
Anonymous shawn said...

Oh Carla! I love all the colors and detail you put in it! And, always enjoy your writings of course!

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Kaya said...

This is beautiful and complex. Bears a longer look. Nice stuff, I love it!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

Just captivating.I think this is one of my favorites of your work. I so admire the amount of love and thought and detail you put into your painting.

7:50 PM  
Anonymous irvine said...

ohhh she is so pretty! like a fairy or godess that became human for a day... *sigh* ..can I make a wish?

10:34 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Gorgeous as always! I love the intricacy, flow, and detailed description. The mood is so calming and serene! Love it!

10:48 PM  
Blogger disappointed said...

beautiful detail and colour

6:19 AM  
Blogger ottoblotto said...

Beautiful drawing, and wonderful color pallette!

8:03 AM  
Blogger fenris said...

beautiful, i only recently discovered illo friday and im already becoming quite a fan of your work. i love the way you handle so much detail and intricacy without things things becoming too 'claustrophobic', and your colours are gorgeous.

8:42 AM  
Blogger cosmos said...

Hey Carla- I know my comment won't mean much since you already have 53!!! Anyway, I really like this pattern/kaleidiscope "Lucy in the Sky w Diamonds effect. I think its your best one yet. Do more.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Your illustrations are always so unique and highly artistic, Carla.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Gorgeous colors and patterning. I love the way she seems to blend into her landscape, but seems isolated from it at once. I love those botanical beauties along the edge of the hill there, and woven into her dress.

12:21 PM  
Blogger melba said...

When I first saw this I thought of wind and movement. I love the colors. They also remind me of fall. Of running away...well maybe looking back one more time and then running to something...something wondeful.

Busy girl you are! Your work never shows it. The detail, each stroke done with love.

I hope you are well this week.

I like checking in with you. One day we will have tea together and talk like we knew each other forever.

(I almost deleted that last part because sometimes I wonder if I cross a line...but then I had to go with my intuition and I thought it would make you smile:)

12:32 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Wow, such an awesome tapestry of colors!! My eyes are following all the shapes around and around.

I really like the sweet little line of flowers and the cool tree.

1:58 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Brimming with energy and fits nicely with "Speed" too. Like the intertwining and flowing.. a kaleidoscopic landscape, and the hair to leaf a cool touch. So many features to this, one of my favourites. Here's to energy!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

This is beautiful!! Full of rhythm and joy!

2:49 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Oh Carla - this is just amazing! The colors and the details. I find this illustration of yours just absolutely gorgeous! I love the tree and her hair and her quilt looking dress. Beautiful.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Hotwire said...

beautiful colors and a wonderful illo. also, nice to see another connecticut IF'er!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Cereja said...

Wow! BEAUTIFUL! :) i love everything about it!

2:18 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I'm always so impressed by your artistic style, your use of color and your vision. This is another lovely piece, Carla. I love the patchwork quilt effect, harkening to the idea of life as a tapestry. :0)

3:47 PM  
Blogger kan said...

So beautiful. The leaves amonst all are lovely.

4:01 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

What a coat of many colors and with the whirling leaves it practically dances off the screen!

6:17 PM  
Blogger tony lowe said...


I'm over from String's blog to say thanks for your comments on my picture.
I don't consider myself to be an artist really.

Your work, on the other hand, is stunningly beautiful.


8:17 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

But at my back I always hear
Times winged chariot drawing near
- Andrew Marvell

Carla, this picture beautifully captures the swirling passage of time, the perplexity of hindsight, the unravelling of memory, the integrated tapestry of life - a wonderful picture!

2:28 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Ooh--lovely!! There's a lot of motion in those swirls of color!! Nice piece!I like the ponies and their poem, too!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

Beautiful! I love all the details, you must be a very patient person!Thanks for the nice comments on my speed entry this week :-)

12:28 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Words are just not enough to express just how gorgeous this image is!!!! The details and the patterns are just beautiful!!!!! You are really a very talented artist!!!!!! Absolutely a gorgeous image!!!!!!!!

1:58 PM  
Blogger Jim Di Bartolo said...

Hey, great looking work! I love the use of patterns and your color choices. Quite unique style!


6:28 PM  
Blogger Christine Walker said...

I love your drawings and paintings and I love the quotes and poems you include. Glad you didn't quit Illo Friday (c'mon, whats one more drawing?)

7:21 PM  
Blogger wynlen said...

Nice! I like the strong colors and all the movement.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Another beautiful illustration, Carla. I like the array of textures and colors that make it so exciting to look at.

2:38 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Beautiful swirling motion displayed here. Wonderful feast for the eyes. Is ethereal the word I'm looking for? Way cool, anyway.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Trevor Pitt said...

Wow! You've put so much detail into this piece. I can appreciate that. I'm such a stickler for the little things. This is a beautiful design, and your colors enrich the layout. I like your qoutes as well...I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, when he said, "I drank what?"

4:44 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Your paintings are as lyrical as you are. Beautiful!

5:18 PM  
Anonymous annax said...

I have such enjoyment looking at your art!!


3:06 PM  
Blogger Turtle Jones said...


Thank you for the comment! :)

This piece is beautiful! Great colors and detail!I love it...

12:17 PM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

All had been said! Love the patterns and energy in the piece. :)

4:00 PM  
Blogger Majeak Ann said...

Love the details in this piece. Adore your explorations they are always a delight! So much energy here, I agree.
-Marjorie Ann

10:32 PM  

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