anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Spotted & Inspire Me Thursday - Vernal Equinox

Monday, April 17, 2006

Illustration Friday - Spotted & Inspire Me Thursday - Vernal Equinox


Spring has arrived in New England - finally! Daffodils are blooming, the trees have wonderful little green and red buds all along their branches, and the birds are making nests and starting families. All is well in nature...

I chose to illustrate the Scarlet Ibis for both the Illustration Friday and Inspire Me Thursday challenges. This beautiful bird is one of the thirty-three ibis species, an ancient group with fossil records that date back 60 million years and historical references that date back 5,000 years. The ibis was sacred to the ancient Egyptians, and the Latin name ibis has Greek origins meaning "religious worship, sacred bird." The Scarlet Ibis is a tropical species known for its elaborate courtship rituals ( most certainly an avian rite of Spring) and the lovely spotted eggs it lays.

(micron pen, acrylic, and collage on canvas paper)

74 Comments:

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow! Your Ibis is stunning in red against the blue sky. The perspective works really well in this illustration and the landscape you've created is dreamlike. I enjoy when you do collages and this one really pops with texture. Those eggs look real!

10:00 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

oh I very much like the richness of this!

10:01 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Fantastic work Carla. Nature as inspiration is always an excellent choice!

10:03 AM  
Blogger disappointed said...

beautiful spotted eggs - so subtle they don't detract from the vibrant scarlet ibis

10:05 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Ah, yes, the Ibis. One of my favourite rainforest birds! Great job on the topic (I always love your work) and the lesson!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Geninne said...

Beautiful illo Carla, the colors are amazing! Wonderful piece :-)

11:04 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

This is absolutely beautiful!! I think it is greate you were able to incorporate both challenges into one!
I love the composition, and te colors yu cose...and, the simplicity of the tree! Awesome job!

11:08 AM  
Anonymous the painted pear said...

Carla, this is really stunning. Love the red bird against the blue sky. There is such texture and contrast. Really pleasing piece.

11:47 AM  
Blogger String said...

Beautiful, spring is here too, lovely composition!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I clicked, and clicked again to get the full enlargement. In my mind, I ran my hand over the branches and the leaves! It's a wonderful piece.

12:15 PM  
Blogger isay said...

i like the tree and the grass, too and looking at those egss and your scarlet ibis-looks so perfect and real to me.

1:15 PM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Beautiful, love the vivid colours.

1:17 PM  
Blogger modroom said...

Daffodils are out here too, they're great. I too have been involved in elaborate courtship rituals, but will not elaborate on this. Rich and wonderful illustration. I like the way you can change styles, and in this especially how you've handled the grass and trees, then more especially the nest which is so snug and can imagine chicks hatching in an animation.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

What a striking image. It's very bold and vibrant. Lots of energy.

3:14 PM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

i always love what you do. true talent

4:30 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

I was going to ask if this was collage - it's beautiful. Gotta love those colors, too! And great story .. an educating visit as always - bravo!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Perfect for both! And different than your usual style. I love your diversity! Color combinations are stunning!

5:57 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Oh I love this! The weathered blue and green in the background with that gorgeously beaked bird - adore. So vivid and beautiful. And I love the eggs and nest.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

What a beauty!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Great colors, the eggs are beautiful! Brandi

7:52 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i learn so much from you Carla! I love this bird and it's beautiful spotted eggs! Your posts always leave me wanting more...

8:33 PM  
Blogger constanthing said...

This is very different from your usual style, and I think it looks great! Superb mixed media use, and the colours, esp the red, are simply stunning.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Love the red against the blue and how the greens blend.
Wonderful collage and bit of historical facts on the ibis.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Oh, this is so vibrant! I love the Scarlet Ibis...so beautiful.
Also I really liked your monochromatic for inspiration thursday. I might have to try it:)

9:39 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

very pretty Carla - I really love the horses too! been a little bogged down with work and such and have been terrible at visiting lately...

9:50 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

This is really nice. It has a feel of those pretty pretty posters that one sees in cafes?

10:04 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I wasn't thinking, so I'm glad Cindy mentioned clicking twice to see the full enlargement. I hope everyone does so they can fully appreciate it. Nice!!

10:18 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

The composition is so strong. Ibis in her scarlet, she looks proud of her spotted little eggs in the nest. As strong as the form and colors are of everything else, the focus stays on her and her eggs. You've captured her essence, strong and exotic, no wonder the species has survived sixty million years, makes me kinda tired to think about all that time. Beautiful!

10:56 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

cool use of mix media! i esp love the info about ancient Egyptians and Greek!

10:57 PM  
Blogger albina said...

The nest and eggs are wonderful --very fragile and precious looking.

2:09 AM  
Blogger firstborn said...

this is fantastic! wow!!!

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Love the use of collage in this piece - great colours too!

2:45 AM  
Blogger scarecrow said...

Nice!

I like the striking scarlet contrast.


Later

8:02 AM  
Blogger susan said...

i love this painting carla and the ones of the horses below. simply beautiful. they express so much richness of the landscape as well as the subject matter. i can't wait to see what you do next.
and YES! spring has finally sprung!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

What a fabulous bird. I love the collage, nicely done. And yes, spring is here, hurray!!!!!

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Yes, enlarged it's even more beautiful. Wonderful composition and colors.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Beautiful work, so much texture!

3:39 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This is amazing!!!! I am in love with the Crimson bird. It just made my eyes pop. wonderful use of textures and colors.
Supurb Carla, really impressive.
a.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

This is beautiful!! The bird is elegant and graceful!!

9:19 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This has a very fresh feel to it. Love the red.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

The eggs and the face of the Ibis are enchanting. The eggs have such a realistic quality to them. Their texture against the crafty collage and line drawing around them makes them seem sacred--or as if there's something supernatural about them. I suppose spring is a little supernatural, eh? Life springing from winter?

10:11 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

The texture in the eggs is especially ... and now as I'm writing this, I see that Roz just above is singling out the same thing... Truly, though, I had to zoom in (my DSL is so slow tonight, it's acting like an old 28K modem) and check them out up close. Thanks for the info on the ibis, too.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Beautiful image, Carla, as usual. The red you created for the bird is so rich and exquisite.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

The ibis family are an interesting bunch. Two of my favourites are the extinct former "white dodo" of Réunion island, which turned out to be a flightless white ibis, and the beautiful Japanese crested ibis (just recently extinct there, but a tiny population of 30-40 hangs on in China).

The collage approach in your picture is particularly effective in capturing the shapes and contrasts of colour and texture. The distribution of pigment around the shapes actually furthers the effect. I love the feeling of 3D texture this picture evokes and your handling of this well-chosen subject!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

I just get blown away every time I come here! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

I have been meaning to thank you for your caring comments to my blog. THANK YOU!!!

12:43 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

Glad to read you got inspired by Spring. Very interesting story of Ibis birds and a beautifully coloured painting with strong strokes.

2:33 AM  
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

Wow, a wonderful surprise of colors with lovely textures. Wonderful illustration.

11:21 AM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Carla, the large view is so awesome! I love the birds head and legs and of course it's color! I think it is great that you are using different materials to explore. I want to see more:)

1:59 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

So stunning Carla! Very different from your usual style (as is your horses) I love seeing this side of you! The red bird is amazing and the textures so earthy!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Oh, Carla. This is truly stunning. And, as usual, your background notes are so interesting. Thanks!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Beautiful sacred bird! Great techniques you are using here. Cheers!

4:18 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

What can I say more after all those comments! Maybe only that I love it! And the horses painting are really WOW! Do you know "the Nabis"? French painters like Vuillard and Bonnard and Maurice Denis? Your paintings of horses are a little in the same style! Very very very niiiiice! :)

11:05 PM  
Blogger firstborn studio said...

delightful!

7:03 AM  
Blogger Francesca said...

Carla this is so beautiful, lovely composition and the ibis (one of my favourite birds) is stunning! I like the grass at the bottom, Egyptian art style :D

9:38 AM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

What a gorgeous bird!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Carla,
I love this image! I love the bird and the texture of the background!

11:00 AM  
Blogger wynlen said...

Nice! I like the look of the mixed media in this. Looks great!
www.wynlen.no

1:10 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I just saw some show recently with a Scarlet Ibis, and was googling them for illustration refernce the other week, but haven't created anything yet.

This is a nice colorful painting. I especially like the speckled eggs.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

You are our Spring!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Awesome interpretation. I like this style.

4:01 PM  
Blogger zordis said...

So different from what I´ve seen from you. Strong and beautiful colours, so full of spring and life!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Whimspiration said...

Breathtaking work, Carla! I love it. *smile*

Oh, and I posted that recipe for you too. *grin*

7:12 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wonderful work girl, such a beautiful bird!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

The ibis is a beautiful bird and you captured it so well. I love your combination of acrylic and collage. the leaves and grass blades work perfectly in your composition. Interesting techique. It inspires me to try something similar.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Sofia Barao said...

This is gorgeous Carla WOW !!!! Thanks for your lovely comment :)

6:46 AM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Hey Carla,
Thank you for your comment on my 'Vernal Equinox' challenge! I did'nt like it very much and was disappointed I did'nt do better..you comment totally perked me up!
:)
Btw, Love the eggs in this pic...

10:36 AM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Wow. Fantastic. Love the textures.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

This is a beautiful tribute to spring. Your work is always full of emotion and your poetic additions are so meaningful.

3:30 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

wonderful art!

this a great spring scene, beautiful colors
and the general mood is totally reached

I liked 100%

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prettybird!

Justin

10:22 PM  
Blogger diosaperdida said...

That's one very impressive Mama. I like that you used collage here.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Chad Baldwin said...

Carla just wanted to say this is a great composition! The textures and colors work really nice. All your work on your blog is great! But this one really stuck out to me. To me it’s just very bold and strong!! Good Job.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Marco Antonio Sepúlveda said...

Muy buen color, muy poético.

Saludos.

Marco Antonio Sepúlveda

2:41 PM  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

Great use of color. The Ibis is one of my favorite birds.

1:29 AM  

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