anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Sacrifice

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Illustration Friday - Sacrifice


Those delicate wanderers,
The wind, the star, the cloud,
Ever before mine eyes,
As to an altar bowed,
Light and dew-laden airs
Offer in sacrifice.

The offerings arise:
Hazes of rainbow light,
Pure crystal, blue, and gold,
Through dreamland take their flight;
And 'mid the sacrifice
God moveth as of old.

In miracles of fire
He symbols forth his days;
In gleams of crystal light
Reveals what pure pathways
Lead to the soul's desire,
The silence of the height.

- George William Russell (1867 - 1935)

(acrylic on 9" x 12" stretched canvas)

Edit 7/19 - I posted my IF a bit late, because among other things, I was working on this article. It's a "must read" for those of you who do and those of you who don't know about the exquisite art of Andrea Pratt. Take a look!


Anonymous Kaya said...

It's beautiful and there is a feeling of stillness and eternity. I love the sky and the peaceful but powerful effect. Lovely!

10:26 PM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

words and painting go well together love ur colors in the sky contrast against the dark forground.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

The serenity of this painting is beautiful!

12:49 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

The silhouette of the two horses is a perfect little design on its own. You can feel how tired they are after a day of work. (Or maybe that's just me.) Beautiful.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I have such a weakness for horses. This is gorgeous, and I love the blend of colors.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Hotwire said...

i love the colors. very peaceful!

5:39 AM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Lovely colors!

The Tart
; )

8:07 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

This is so peaceful but intense at the same time. The poem is a perfect complement to this gorgeous piece of work.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Beautiful blazing sky! And the words of the poem echo the end of a long hard day with peace. Love the silhouette against the sky.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Momma Pajama said...


9:09 AM  
Blogger QweySpiral said...

lovely, your illustration enhances the strength of the poem without overpowering or changing its meaning -nice work

9:35 AM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

They sacrifice their lives to the gods of labor I think, but their intrinsic beauty remains. Serene and tender beauty about this piece. The poem is like a dedication to the sweet afterglow and spirit of their lives. Beautiful!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Inspiring and breathtaking! Just beautiful, Carla.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

OOOh-- lovely! A very gentle sacrifice. Like the progress on the tattoos, too!

2:37 PM  
Blogger kj said...

the pride and dignity of the horses is so apparent--a secular confirmation of "all god's creatures". i have the same appreciation when i look at my precious soulful dog. thank you!


2:59 PM  
Anonymous carra said...

So very beautiful! Good take on this subject!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is beautiful, Carla. It's peaceful and mournful and melancholy and soothing all at once. I love the contrast of the silhouettes (sp?) against the rich colors of the sky.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Beautiful work, as always. That's one of them there Amoeba horses I've heard so much about in the act of binary fission! Groovie!

5:18 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

The colors are wonderful...and, a great interpretation to this week's theme! The poem is wonderful as well! Very nice!

6:01 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

This is so moving and beautiful Carla! You captured the essence of these horses, they seem so tender together!!! The poem was perfect and moving!

6:01 PM  
Blogger String said...

I agree with Val! It's a horizon I would like to see!

Was wondering where you had disappeared to!

3:02 AM  
Blogger Lu*** said...

very beautiful illo! I love the horses very much. And this poem is pretty too :)

9:15 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Wonderful job Carla--a very serene take on the subject.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

great work carla, i love the forms that shadow the horses as the sunsets/sunrises...perfectly captures the sentiment of sacrifice ;)


2:05 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wonderful work girl thanks for the link!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Beautiful and moving!

7:57 PM  
Blogger georg said...

What an atmosphere! Very strong shadows, strong and simply! Great - as usual..
Thankyou for your kind comments at my blog -

8:04 AM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Stunning! I love these colors and the bright peaceful sky. Gorgeous painting Carla.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...


11:15 PM  

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