anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Change

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Illustration Friday - Change

self-portrait, circa 1976


Everything comes and goes
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes
Things that you held high
And told yourself were true
Lost or changing as the days come down to you...

- Joni Mitchell

Changed since 1976: older, wiser, don't smoke (the delusion that it looked artsy and cool didn't last very long), self-supporting

Same as 1976: hairstyle, weight, head full of questions, tendency to daydream

This is, of course, the abridged version.

62 Comments:

Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

You haven't changed a bit...well maybe you have more color now! Glad you are not smoking. But you were a lovely juenne fille.

2:34 PM  
Blogger JO said...

Wonderful illo for change. I especially love self-portraits.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Crescendo said...

Une jolie jeune fille ! Nice self-portrait.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Carla,

Love your self portrait. Oh how true the quote from Joni Mitchell about change. Back in 1976 I couldn't have imagined the changes that would take place. I'd do a self portrait too, but no one would be interested... ;>)

Robert

9:15 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

Beautiful as ever, I suppose!

10:04 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

I love your self-analysis, honest but there seems to be a positive touch:-).

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Jen Mathis said...

I wish I would have kept some of my art from "the old days." It just seems so cool to go back and revisit how you felt about yourself and the world, expressed through the art you created at that time.

10:52 PM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

I love this drawing and the fact that you made it in 1976! Even with all the question marks, there's a sense of calm and order in the room around you. I also really like your new header--very soft and pretty.

1:55 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

Excellent drawing and self-analysis, Carla.

3:59 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Love the black and white line drawing here Carla. The way you have yourself sitting, almost looking contemplative is so well done. It's great to see the different styles you can work in too!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Carla, this is priceless. It's so cool that you found this and used it for this week's challenge. I'm not sure a new piece of art would have been any more appropriate! Laughing about the 70s hair ~ it's been in style since except for the big hair 80s, of course!

8:38 AM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Wonderful, reflective illustration!

9:02 AM  
Blogger String said...

Ha, I wanted to put one up I did in the seventies too! But I don't have it or a copy of it here! My hair is very nearly the same...lol...'great minds' ha! Been drawing since the beginning eh?

9:36 AM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

love it, Love It, LOVE IT!

10:15 AM  
Blogger murphy girl said...

i really like this simple drawing, and the poem/comments you added are fantastic!

11:06 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

You always inspire me to dream! I so love your work girl! Have a grand week!

12:59 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Wonderful! Love the little slice from the past , not many changes and that's a good thing! Love this!!!

2:00 PM  
Blogger Mustashrik said...

hey there c,

hope all is well!

nice nice, great great, lovely to see you breaking in the pen and ink carla ;)

m

8:22 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

It is always good to look back once in awhile and dig out old work. Love looking at your older work to see how you have changed and grown. wish I could say my weight was the same.

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

lovely nice drawing....I can't imagine how many good memories this drawing broguth you back. :)
-Marjorie

4:39 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

This is lovely Carla. Love the expressiveness in the drawing!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

I like this funky sketch, although I have to disagree about the hair. Clearly you parted your hair in the middle in '76, and now you part it on the side. Nice to see this loose sketch from you.

6:16 PM  
Blogger LEO said...

Very good your blog...
Greetings from Chile...

A hug...
LEO.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

A thoughtful cartoon, and thought-provoking, fun to contrast the old and the new. Mary :-D

11:14 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL about the part.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Funny how much we change from college. Love the line work! (Glad you quit smoking!)

10:27 AM  
Blogger Shano said...

Hee. Could be a self-portrait of myself a few years back.

4:11 PM  
Blogger melba said...

It is so fun to look back!
So cool that you still have this self portrait. I still have a head full of questions too!
XO,
melba

9:12 PM  
Anonymous hartini said...

I love this! Having seen so many of your paintings, this one is a pleasant change [pun intended :) ]. Love the pen sketch and self portrait. As always, very inspiring. :)

12:59 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I love the direction you took with this, and your personalized touch.

3:17 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

Hey, that really looks like the picture of you in your sidebar there.

7:49 AM  
Blogger georg said...

Hi Carla!

I can see one more thing which is changed: you have more colours now.. It's very inspiring to read your comparison -

1:37 PM  
Blogger DEW said...

What a fun self-portrait - although I don't think you did yourself justice - you are way prettier! Great lyrics to go with it!

6:01 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

What a great drawing. You are fab girl just fab.

7:04 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

This is a lot of fun, and you look as though your thoughts were a million miles away from where you sit. Love the sketch and the very cool idea for the word change.

8:58 PM  
Blogger DEW said...

What a fun self-portrait - although I don't think you did yourself justice - you are way prettier! Great lyrics to go with it!

10:30 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Quote Joni...you get my attention...and I love the simple lines of the drawing and the peek into your past. Thanks for sharing.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Carla,
It's been awhile but it's great to see that you always amaze me with your versatile talent. This is a wonderful drawing. I love the painting of the farm also. I have missed out this summer.

6:25 AM  
Blogger flossy-p said...

hehehe - how sweet. Thanks for sharing those cool tid-bits about yourself, it's a nice way of getting to know you.

8:47 AM  
Blogger greenfreak245 said...

Glad to see you're still posting. i just started posting for IF again. I love your idea for change.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Love the concept and sketch, made me think about my own changes!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Lu*** said...

Excellent drawing Carla!
magnífico :9

11:42 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

Great that you kept your older work - I am a compulsive purger! What is that on the floor - a mousetrap? :-)

1:16 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Love it! Glad you quit smoking!

1:51 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Nice retrospective!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Natura said...

Great knowing you a little bit more through this old drawing. Loved the idea!!

1:22 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

It's great to look back through our past art pieces and reflect on the passing time, isn't it? Don't get me started... I'll get all melancholy...
Anyway, I see a very thoughtful (and deep-thinking) person there.

7:58 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

That is so awesome. :-) So tell me, are you listening to Chicago or The Eagles in that drawing?

12:32 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

You are so hip! Love that head full of questions.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Wow! You have a self-portrait from 1976! Do you keep a lot of your old work? Everything?

4:02 AM  
Blogger rodrimontes said...

Great blog and really nice work!!!

3:00 PM  
Blogger susan said...

this totally hits me in a great spot. completely and utterly perfect.
and i love joni! it does all come down to you.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Oh, I love this!..and I'm envious.....to weigh the same as in '76...

3:50 PM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

carla… i love seeing the different faces of your talent… the black and white is very fetching on you…

8:58 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Thanks for the tip on the book - ordered it today! Sounds like we are both in the same boat - school is eatin' into our fun time! I hate not being able to post and check in with others more frequently. Time just seems to get away from me! Best of luck to both of us in letting go in our paintings! Will keep checkin in with you to see how you are doing! This next project for me is another tight realism piece - as assigned by said instructor - but after that he says we should get to some projects that will allow a more loose style! Cant wait!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

A fine, honest self-portrait, but what I'd really like to see is a series of these through time, as a reflection of the subject and the way she views herself, and the drawing style also - a bit like Rembrandt did. Of course, I should've done this myself.

This is a nice linear piece with just enough stylisation and looking back on it really must bring home "Change" to you very clearly. I don't think think it has dated much though - still a fine portrait.

8:48 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Fabulous lines. I love the question marks around the head. Cute shoes too! And the introspective expression is perfect - fantastic self portrait.

1:48 PM  
Blogger arthog said...

Just found your blog and can't wait to see more of it! Your work is great.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Claudio Cerri said...

Interesting B/W artwork!

4:18 PM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

interesting comparison and image; agreed: smoking causes funky lungs.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous krista said...

I don't know if someone already asked you this, but did you actually draw that back in the day too? Or did you draw this recently.

I love it. My favourite part is the lamp. I don't quite know why, but i really like what it adds to the picture.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

I love this Joni Mitchell quote. So true! sigh!
How ARE you? I wish I had ten hours to catch up on blogs, I feel like I have been in a whirlwind of life the past year...so many changes...and so much stays the same. ;-)
I love coming here and seeing all of the wonderful things you have to share. I hope you are well. xo

9:52 AM  

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