anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Rain

Friday, June 23, 2006

Illustration Friday - Rain

The First Rain

The first rain reminds me
Of the rising summer dust.
The rain doesn't remember the rain of yesteryear.
A year is a trained beast with no memories.
Soon you will again wear your harnesses,
Beautiful and embroidered, to hold
Sheer stockings: you
Mare and harnesser in one body.

The white panic of soft flesh
In the panic of a sudden vision
Of ancient saints.

Yehuda Amichai (1924 - 2000)

This is a painted version of the pen drawing I did for Tattoo back in March. I've had enough of rain and dreary skies, so I am using this to illustrate how, after the rains, the fertile earth becomes lush with growth, celebrating in all its glorious colors!

I have decided to translate the Tattoo drawing along with some of my other smaller drawings into large paintings. It's been a very, very long time since I've done anything larger than 11" x 14", so before actually putting this lady on the 24" x 36" canvas that awaits her, I wanted to play around with background texture and colors, and think through the kinds of changes I will need to make in a larger, all paint format. I printed the original drawing out on watercolor paper, and then put down the background texture. Although it doesn't come through accurately online, the background has a stucco-like texture that I created by scratching lines into wet gesso with a plastic fork. I then painted in the figure with acrylics and made a few "repairs" to the linework where necessary with a micron pen. To finish, I put the background colors on with a sponge and my fingers. I rather like this as a small piece (9" x 12"), so I'm thinking I'll use this pre-painting process for each work I want to make into a big's a great way to test my approach, and I end up with a small painting as well!

Edit 6/29 - You can see the start of the big painting here.


Blogger Andrea said...

Color makes this even more gorgeous! Always a pleasure viewing your work!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Carly said...

i love this, it is very dream like and powerful. love tons


2:17 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This'll make a great large painting: the composition is unusual but very strong and the balance between detailed and calm surfaces is just right. I can hardly wait!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Beautiful! I love how the background moves...
Now I want to run out and get some micron pens:)

3:47 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Beautiful! I like your technique and the colors.

3:54 PM  
Blogger kathy welsh said...

Beautiful! Love the tattoos. Your drawings have an art nouveau quality about them that I love. xoxo K

4:23 PM  
Blogger stacey m said...

beautiful drawing and interpretation! so colorfu., love it!

5:18 PM  
Blogger RonniHall said...

This is so's amazing. It flows down which is a nice effect. Cool...

5:30 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

You did this just to torture me, knowing that tattoo drawing was one of my favs.

Didn't you. ;-)

5:44 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

This will make a beautiful large painting! I like the background effect. You can send the dreary skies and rain our way...we really need it!

6:10 PM  
Blogger fenris said...

love the colours in the sun-thing on her back. beautiful drawing...

6:19 PM  
Blogger Momma Pajama said...

Ohmygosh, Carla! It's gorgeous!!

7:01 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i love the way the shapes, flowers and petals are raning and reigning all over her body! I love this textured technique you create here it is perfect and I love having 2 paintings it is a nice number, no?

8:17 PM  
Blogger AnnaCas said...

amazing colors!!!

9:51 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

wow, what a work, carla!
its simply amazing

I don't know why, but your drawing remembered me that tatoo on Asia Argento's belly : - )

if you like Yehuda Amichai is too much!
I was twice in personal readings by Yehuda! - was in the '80s - and he was alive and I was a lot younger
(the family name 'Amichai' means 'my people is alive')

great art
and beautiful poem
always is GOOD come to yur blog
but today was VERY good!

hace a great weekend

11:52 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This was beautifully done. I love the poem too. Good luck transferring it to a larger canvas! :0)

1:53 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

She looks VERY archetypal... even more so than I recall from Tattoo. Have you considered a Tarot series?

3:13 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

I like your use of tools. I never thought of fork painting. I think if I ever got a tattoo, it would have to be of the one from Fantasy Island. Beautiful work, as allways.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous Alyssa said...

Awesome design and use of color. Looks like it was a lot of fun to make! I'm very impressed with the outcome of your fork and gesso technique; I love it.

Good luck mastering Kramer's mannerisms! I would love to see that as a student :-)

8:32 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! What a wonderful glorious detailed and beautiful painting! Very nice! :-D

9:06 AM  
Blogger miragee said...

The rain feels like silk...It's so fine that I feel like touching it!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

This is lovely, Carla. The work you have done in rendering it as a full color piece shows. A larger painting, I am sure, would show off your wonderful textures along with the enormously inviting colors.

Makes me think, what would the world be like if all our bodies were so adorned? Would anyone be buying designer dresses?

10:40 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Niiiice! I thought I'd seen this somewhere before not so long ago. The color brings this image to life in a whole new light! I enjoyed reading about your process here as well. Always good to occasionally get those hands nice an' dirty. Great gesso and plastic fork effect here.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Beautiful colors added to this piece Carla! Can I tell you that you are just one of my fav people on the net. I love how you are so bold, honest and helpful to everyone. And beyond that, your work is wonderful too! Brandi

11:04 AM  
Blogger CATRAVEN said...

I remeber this and I love the way you colored it! It really adds to the illustration with that truly amazing detail of yours!Sorry about your kitty Willie. I dedicate my illo this friday to him for you!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Very cool! Rain and new life... we'vebeen seeing alot of that around hereafter a long dryspell. Nice poem,too!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

This is so gorgeous- it reminds me of Klimt.

12:46 AM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

Great piece of art, I love the way you have coloured it in strong beautiful colours!
I haven┬┤t been around lately so I saw many new pictures you have done here on your site, and I absolutely love your portrait, what a beautiful piece! I also think your Spirit Journeys are fantastic, such a piecful pictures!
You master many mediums Carla, great work as always!

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Wonderful, simply wonderful.

6:01 AM  
Blogger AG said...

The details in her hair works well with the tattoos on her body, very organic in feel. this is awesome!

and i love the b/w piece you did for dance. it's v. different from your usual works and i can see the evolution of styles. great work yo!

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Tart said...

She is so pretty in color! We should all look this good in tattoos.

Hmm, you have really wrecked Rrramone now. Your tattoo illo has always been a favorite of his~ you have a new devoted fan in him. He may never be the same. *wink* ; )

The Tart

10:45 AM  
Blogger chippamunkey said...

Wow, you have such an amazing style!

Now I want a tattoo!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Love this...and very erotic! Btw, thank you for commenting on my blog. I'm adding you to my blog roll; hope you can do the same. :)

1:01 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

The large painting should be a stunner-love reading your process with this piece, and the plan you have for future large paintings.

Your micron pen rendering compels one to study it, imagine ideas unfolding in each line and familiar and unfamiliar shape. This rendering is celebratory and tangible, the understanding is easier, but no less appealing- the catapillar becomes the butterfly-both beautiful and quite unique just as with this piece and the original.

To answer a question you asked in your very kind comment for rain-I try and sometimes do come up with an idea before I start on a piece, almost never have it planned out in my head though-just an idea-try as I may to plan it out in my head-it's more a skeleton than a solid form when I sit down to work.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow the colour is great. I am just not into body art! Have a good sunday girl!

2:54 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

I thought this looked familiar!
This is beautiful as usual. your work is so unique. I love your idea of a small painting in advance of a larger one. I've been painting very small since december but I'm sometimes intimidated by a larger board. I may try that.
Love your art. I really admire all the time and detail you put into each piece.

4:05 PM  
Blogger murphy girl said...

loooooove her hair! beautiful!

6:29 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Beautiful! I love the textured background and the colors you chose! The drawing is one of my favorites!

8:09 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

As others here said; this is a wonderful piece. My favorite so far. well: i know I have said that before... but seriously; it is this one... until next week

1:21 AM  
Blogger susan said...

finally catching up here... how beautiful. the stucco texture must be stunning against the figure. i can't wait to see the larger piece!

8:04 AM  
Blogger Katili said...

I love those words, to me too first rain remind of the the rising summer dust. You drawing is beuatifully coloured and that summer tattoo is great. I love her hair, it's like made of leather.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Your work is incredible. I'm so glad you posted a comment on my illo so that I'd be able to discover your blog. I love your work! You have a very unique poetry-like sensibility in your drawings and paintings. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

2:07 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This is fantastic Carla!! I loved the original so now to see it as a painting is such a treat. You are so mulit talented. Really beautiful job!! The color in this just grabs you.

3:21 PM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

this is simply gougeous. lov ur colors, patterns and textures.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Great colors! She looks even more sensual and vivid in color . . . Like she's literally coming to life. Can't wait to see the big painting you create from this piece. I'm sure it will be gorgeous!

12:43 AM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Beautiful tattoo design, Carla. That's really your forte. I always look forward to seeing your work. I miss IF. I hope to return with Mrs. Trowbridge soon.

2:20 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

It's amazing how easy it is to get used to creating art that will fit on a scanner. I tend to work small for that reason and also because I don't really have a lot of space to make large scale art. Maybe someday... I thought I recognized this beauty. I love seeing the variations you come up with. Seems like your summer is off to a fun start!

9:48 AM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Oh the colors are so wonderful. I love the pose and the placement of the tattoos. The background is wonderful as well. This is such a gorgeous piece. Also - the hair is just so stunning. I can not believe how much detail you put into your art. Wonderful.

10:05 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Beautiful background for a very lovely lady. Just gorgeous!

12:19 PM  
Blogger monicalee said...

Oh Carla! I love this...I think I want a tattoo of this painting! ha-ha!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

THe painted version brings out another kind of beauty in this illo! Lovely done!

5:28 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Beautiful and sensual! Awesome!

5:33 PM  
Blogger sugar mama said...

Beautiful! I really enjoyed reading about your process, and I can relate to how daunting a large canvas can be. You have a plan, so don't be afraid! I especially like the balance between the delicate line and detail on her vs. the more raw background. Thanks for your comment, you have great work - I'm adding you to my links and will stop by again soon!

7:43 PM  
Blogger violetismycolor said...

how beautiful! (and I am not one who would have a tattoo, myself) but this is lovely. (and better than rain)

7:59 PM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Thanks for sharing your process with this gorgeous painting. My paintings are usually fairly small too, no biger than A3 size, so I can scan them. The texture in the background of this piece and the tattoo is really nicely done.

8:43 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

This is gorgeous. The background looks great and you did it with your fingers? Super!

9:17 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Carla, reworking your drawings into paintings makes perfect sense - the main thing is giving them a new context in which to be viewed, but also approaching the material slightly differently (adding colour, working with shapes more and line less) - exciting stuff!

I remember your "Tattoo" picture well and I think this is in some sense a pair to it. The way the colour offsets the skintones and jumps out works really well, as does the rainy background. Overall, it feels very elemental.

1:33 AM  
Blogger krissie said...

this is so beautiful!

5:14 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

Think I'm all rained out lately.. glad to see you got something out of this/ last week's subject.

5:23 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

This is lovely Carla. Good luck with going big!I'm sure it will look amazing.

9:44 AM  
Blogger arvindh said...

This is just gorgeous! I just love ther range of colours and the amazing patterns you have created here - you are so talented!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

oh wow,
so gorgeous I love your art, Judyx

8:19 AM  

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