anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Sorry

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Illustration Friday - Sorry


"I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union"

- from "To a Mouse" by Robert Burns

(mixed media - acrylic, collage, crayon on 185lb. cold press watercolor paper)

50 Comments:

Blogger andrea said...

First!

That quote from Robbie Burns could've been written yesterday, couldn't it? The warm tones of the city against the cool tones of nature are a striking visualization of this idea.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Very apt. But far too beautifully done! ;-)

3:26 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Yes, very sorrily apt!
Can't believe Robbie Burns had such forethought!

4:40 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

Wonderful interpretation! Nicely done. There's something in the running of the color that reminds me of rain or tears, apropos for the concept.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

You can't imagine how completely I agree.Love your interpretation and how you illustrated it.

3:04 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

How true this is!
I agree with Andrea on the contrast between the city buildings and the cool countryside. Great interpretation of the subject and poem.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

what wonderful work… the colors work so well and I am intrigued by the background images… are they buildingss or trees? whatever they are… they sure look to be closing in and quite menacing…

4:30 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Striking piece of work! I love the lush green becoming-what looks to be absorbed by the city, the buildings are stark and unwelcoming. and with the endless gray and dismal of them fading into the once blue horizon, Very moving!

6:45 PM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

anther piece that fits the quote well. love ur use of the green and how the city is a blemish to it

7:50 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

I don't know, I always wondered if skyscrapers and nuclear power plants are really any more unnatural than bee hives or beaver dams. After all, nature created us, how can our works not be natural?

8:13 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Still what a beautiful collage and painting. That gorgeous green. It does almost look like nature will win from this vantage point.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

carla… thank you for the kind words… i hope the words brought back all those fond memories… for me, i know i have way many more fond memories… and i still have my mother who is a joy to me and my family… thanks for the visit…

11:32 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

That is such a powerfully true quote. I don't think I've seen many landscapes from you and this one is fantastic! Great contrast of man made shapes and colors vs. nature's backdrop. Wonderful textures on the leaves!

11:36 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

The sad thing is that nature will have the last laugh when there are no more resources for us to rob.

Nice take on this week's theme.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Shano said...

Sad and sorry indeed. Well done illo as usual!

6:17 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

oh carla! this is lovely! Beautiful greens! Yes, very sad and heartbreaking!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Much as I don't like mice, I can see their perspective....how on earth do you have time for IlloFriday AND whatever-it-is Thursday along with teaching? You must not sleep. Just curious, have you read the Mary Doria Russell books?

And a great job as always yet I miss your detail work!

9:39 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

This is wonderful...and, reminds me of the area I live in. We used to be able to see the longhorns across the road, horses, and lots of greenery and trees...now all we see are houses and rooftops. Fantastic illustration! As usual...you blew me away!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

I love this piece. It's got a haunting quality to it.
The muted colors work well with the topic.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Lu*** said...

Wonderful landscape, how I would like to breathe in that green one!

11:54 AM  
Blogger AG said...

beautiful concept. most original yet i think. :D

12:15 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

So true-so true! Great piece. Cheers!

12:17 PM  
Blogger arvindh said...

wonderful piece with a great message!

3:51 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Very important message in this piece. The darkness really reflects the theme. Great concept! Brandi

4:28 PM  
Blogger melanienyc said...

well done, and with a great message.

4:33 PM  
Blogger . said...

Beautiful message indeed, and how I love those endless washes of rich, lush, green. This is very beautiful Carla.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Wow...you definitely elevated this theme to a whole new level! A picture like this deserves to be hung on a wall...

5:44 PM  
Blogger . said...

Its sad that an apology can't heal that kind of crime.

5:46 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

WOW! this is so different from your usual artwork and of course it speaks to everything I love and struggle with. The beauty and nature of Topanga with the current growth and traffic. This is not only beautiful but speaks volumes and is so well done. I love this!!!

12:37 AM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Superb message for a meaningful painting. Indeed very different from your usual piece. I love it.

7:15 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

I havent seen your "buildings" yet and this is phenomonal! I love the earthy browns and grays of the city against the cool nature colors. Great job and wonderful quote!
a.

10:33 AM  
Blogger El leo said...

oh, the colors. how can i do that?
really... how did you did it?, i love your artwork, i always has considered me as a bad colorist, but you...

you are an inspiration

11:09 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow! I love it girl! been out of pocket with back problems1 Have a grand weekend!

5:17 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

ahhhh...yes...the reason I moved from the big city to the country!

Great illustration!
Keep Creating!

5:42 PM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

Thas a great idea, the colors of urbanism are great, turning the green like gray, yes we are sorry about what human do to the earth, great illo

8:05 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

It is so sad to me that more and more of our living environment is man made - concrete, metal, plastic...yikes.

Some eople have to pay a fee...just to walk in a park - to feel dirt or grass under their feet.

For those people who don't care about the other animals...maybe they should stop and think about what's happening to human beings.

9:56 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Beautiful and telling commentary!

10:06 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Thoughtful illustration, Carla. I love that dark, silhouetted tree. It makes me think of a trailer I saw recently of Al Gore's global warming documentary....

I love your colored Angels & Devils! Gorgeous work.

11:23 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

this is very nice; peaceful. very thought provoking.

1:07 AM  
Blogger Queen Tut said...

You have so captured the the mood! PS. your angels and devils is magical!

4:48 AM  
Blogger johnnynorms said...

Your lonesome tree seems to be reproachfully staring at the urban sprawl! i like the layers in the distance. Good to read that poem again - i love the language in it. Forgotten that "Of Mice and Men" comes from it too..

10:55 AM  
Blogger Kaya said...

Me too Carla. Great image and bang-on sentiment.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Nice...very poignent! (We are of like mind!)

4:04 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

I like how the illo looks serene on the surface, but it's not actually the case beneath. Very beautiful...

7:28 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Really like the greens and the textures of the foreground foliage.

Of all the sorrows in this world, man's disregard for the harmony of the planet has to be one of the most tragic.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Lovely, lovely work, Carla, and a sound expression of a lot of things I feel strongly (of course, I appreciate the Burns reference as well).

2:07 AM  
Blogger Jason Lethcoe said...

Really nice merging of imagery and words. Nice job, Carla.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Green Tea & Criminal Tendencies said...

That is truly impressive.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Wonderful moodiness! I missed this one last week. :-)

9:58 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

This is fantastic! I like how you made the city stand out.

9:52 PM  

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