anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Clean

Friday, July 28, 2006

Illustration Friday - Clean

Natural Music

The old voice of the ocean, the bird-chatter of little rivers,
(Winter has given them gold for silver
To stain their water and bladed green for brown to line their banks)
From different throats intone one language.
So I believe if we were strong enough to listen without
Divisions of desire and terror
To the storm of the sick nations, the rage of the hunger smitten cities,
Those voices also would be found
Clean as a child's; or like some girl's breathing who dances alone
By the ocean-shore, dreaming of lovers.

-Robinson Jeffers (1887 - 1962)

(acrylic on 6" x 8" stretched canvas)


Blogger Shano said...

So beautiful and serene! Bright and bold colors, yet the image is so peaceful. Very clean!!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Oh, that I could listen for the clean voices or hear that dancing girl... Thought-provoking, as always... Beautiful colors.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

OOH! Love this one! I think we were on the same wavelength this week!

11:26 PM  
Blogger Tulipland said...

very beautiful!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I'm really enjoying your nature scenes. This one is also tranquil and lovely!

12:59 AM  
Blogger MsDabble said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. And the poem is beautiful too.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

I have been away for a couple of weeks. It's pleasure to come back and find your pieces. There is such beauty and, yes, sense of cleaness in this swan.

2:40 AM  
Blogger Momma Pajama said...

This is beautiful, Carla! I want to learn to paint...

9:38 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Amazing, Carla! As soon as I saw the thumbnail I knew this was a special painting. It is a nice follow up to the wolf painting and the reflections and sunset on this one are even better. As usual, a perfect literary choice to go with the art.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

Beautiful, Carla, as all of your work!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...


1:35 PM  
Blogger fenris said...

what a beautiful painting! i really like the halo-effect given by that thin line of light running across its head. very atmospheric and serene. its one of those paintings that makes you sit and contemplate.

2:22 PM  
Blogger The Dark Lord Omz said...


2:58 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

It's a dichotomy--beautiful and serene yet vibrant with color. Great job!

3:04 PM  
Blogger steve said...

I see a trend here Carla! This might be my favorite siholouette yet, and the accompanying words ring so true for today.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

How many times can I say it? You always do such beautiful work.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

This is beautiful Carla. I've been mia for a while but I see you've been doing something a little different from your previous work, or maybe I just haven't seen this style before. Anyway, I like it.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Lea said...

this one positively glows! lovely

thanks again for your comments.... i've never heard "off like dirty underwear"...but am fond of saying "off like a prawn in the sun"

love the vine one too.. as a henna artists i'd love to do a version of this on a body... would make a great photograph... if i ever do i'll send it along.

all the best,

8:58 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I love this...I love the colors and the shape. This piece REALLY glows!

9:30 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Such pretty colours!
The silhouette is perfect.

The Tart
; )

11:53 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

So still I can hear the gentle lapping water. Love the deep evening mood, and the colors, especially in the water are gorgeous. Love to look at this, Beautiful work!

11:54 PM  
Blogger KaRLa said...

very nice i like a lot your work

1:35 AM  
Blogger Toyebot said...

Great like the colors !

4:48 AM  
Anonymous carra said...

This is incredibly beautiful, both your painting and the poem. An innovative take on this theme.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

beautiful, beautiful colours.


11:22 AM  
Blogger kathy welsh said...

Hi Carla!

Am back after a wonderful vacation and catching up on my favorite blogs. I love the feeling of this piece. Very peaceful, restful and calm.

12:32 PM  
Blogger DEW said...

Great painting and goes great with the prose!! Love your work!

2:11 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Great colours!
Clean as a child's breathing! I like that!

2:52 PM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

very tranquil image and feel

3:35 PM  
Blogger georg said...

Again a beautiful image - reminds me a little of the wolf-image: beautiful colours and sunset and very peaceful.

Just such a peaceful evening is here in Denmark just now, local time 22:00.

Thankyou very much for your kind comments at my blog.

4:01 PM  
Blogger wynlen said...

Beautiful scene! I love the atmosphere in it.


5:00 PM  
Blogger mel said...

the colors are just gorgeous! make me wanna go camping and watch the sunset :)

7:32 PM  
Blogger Cez said...

wow...paithful to clean up minds!!!
always great !!!

7:36 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

The colors are really amazing! Carla, I love your new style a lot!

8:01 PM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

I just realized what the style of these landscapes etc remind me of... those really cool retro lamp shades where the light from the bulb makes them glow. Have you heard that before? Very cool.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

this is lovely and peaceful!! Poetic!

12:38 AM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

You've made the sunset glow in this one,Carla. I love the way the colors dance on the water.

1:46 AM  
Blogger Ces said...

Thank you for visiting my online gallery and for your nice comment. I think this is the first time I have seen your blog, but what a find! I enjoyed reading about you on your website (very ineteresting. The colors of your artwork are bright and intence much to my liking and you are a word warrior. I will definitely be back!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Ces said...

I hope you don't mind, I added a link to your blog from my daily blog before asking you. Is that okay with you?

9:01 AM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Oh, yes! I'm loving your earthy silhouettes. This one makes it look as if the bird is swimming in liquid gold. AND congrats on finishing the painting - The Vine. She's gorgeous, Carla. The body art is so vibrant. Kudos!

1:07 PM  
Blogger String said...

Yes, beautiful colours, very serene and reminds me a bit of the coming favorite time of the year!

1:44 PM  
Blogger bobdylan8 said...

Your painting is excellent. I thought my picture of my cat was good, until I clicked on your link. You have some wonderful paintings posted, I wish you could show me how to work with acrylics.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Sp00kalot said...

Beautiful Carla! I love the colors and the quietness of it all. Very moving! And the poem is perfect for it. I love the line, "Winter has given them gold for silver" - Gave me the chills.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Lovely, great colors!!! Beautifully done. Nice poem too.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Beautiful use of color as usual! I love how the swan stands out because of how dark he is next to the bright flowing water.

8:16 PM  
Blogger IdiotHead said...

I love the warm colors. The serenity. Nice work.

10:23 PM  
Blogger ratlion said...

Lovely...I can imagine standing there looking upon the scene and just taking a long deep breath!

12:18 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

what a beautiful combo, the words wih the painting! the colours and shadows are perfect with this poem.

I love your tatooed love girl you must feel great about your summer accomplishments!!!

2:12 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

soothing yet it has energy, lovely!

3:19 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Truly sublime. I adore the colors the texture and the theme as well as the Jeffers poem. How you can manage such a lovely painting on so small a canvas is a gift.

5:20 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Carla this so beautiful! I am loving the silhouette and sunset! Such gorgeous work you do!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

Very serene.

12:45 AM  
Blogger kj said...

carla, your painting has such a child-like crayon quality to it and yet is so rich and deep.

the poem caught in my throat: how important it is to be hopeful and focused in these troubled times.

thanks as always,


9:28 AM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Perfect melding of words and image! Amazing!

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Sea Angel said...

Oh, I love this, is so... serene.

Sorry I've been away for so long. I tried to upgrade my ISP and ended up with no iNet at all. But I'm trying to solve this so I can get back to IF.

11:09 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

Clear, clean and uncomplicated message. Great sky and especially water reflections.

11:37 AM  
Blogger cosmos said...

This is great work, Do more

2:08 PM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

So vibrant and absolutely beautiful! Perfect for clean:)

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Oh! This is so beautiful.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Absolutely gorgeous! This is a really crisp, eye-catching, and yes, clean, image. You've made first class use of a limited palette!

8:38 PM  
Blogger flossy-p said...

Similar style to your Sacrifice painting below, it has the same sense of warmth, sorrow, tenderness and nurturing.

Wonderful colours and that poem is so so beautiful.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Beautiful words to go with a beautiful image.

Your finished 'Vine' piece is gorgeous!!!

9:55 PM  
Blogger letile said...

I love the mood on this piece. Thank you for all your comments on my IF art!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Majeak Ann said...

Hi Carla...this is so peaceful, love the mood.
You know, I'm going to keep doing watercolors..hahah, people seems to prefer it, than digital.(although that digital, was simple)
Thank you!


10:57 AM  
Blogger Andrew Thornton said...

Thanks again for your comments. They are always appreciated and insightful!

It's nice to look at the progression of this series. I can tell that you're already editing your style and mixing things up a little! Your composition, for example is much bolder. The land-mass to the right seems to do a double-duty, as it mimicks the shape of the bird's face. So there's a really great visual push/pull.

Can't wait to see more.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Da Ghost Prod said...

Really zen and poetic, and your words are so true... i love, thank you for your serene illo, it make me feel better ;)

12:57 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Thankyou for your nice comment on my blog. Very nice silhouette and the colours are great!!

4:52 PM  
Blogger Lu*** said...

Hola Carla, there is something magical here, I love the sunlight, all is very calm... like that voice... :)

1:39 PM  
Blogger Paige Keiser said...

Lovely! Lovely drawing, Carla, as usualy!

2:41 PM  
Blogger elisabetha said...

I love your colours and your literary references! thanks for sharing with us :)

9:18 PM  
Blogger Christine Lim Simpson said...

Hey Carla, I like the continuation in style from your earlier piece. I always love series. :)

9:06 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

sorry I missed this last week...the water is excellent...I love that palette of colors!

2:37 PM  
Blogger gudbrandsdottir said...

I love to see your different styles! Great colours in this one, I love the feeling in it, so peaceful. I also see that I haven't been around lately, I missed your sacrifice, great piece! Capture above is perfect, the details are lovely!
And I also want to thank you for your always so kind words on my site!

4:37 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

peaceful and dreamy. I love how you incorporated it into your new banner. Lovely!

1:55 AM  

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