anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Ghost

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Illustration Friday - Ghost

Trees in the Garden

Ah in the thunder air
how still the trees are!

And the lime-tree, lovely and tall, every leaf silent
hardly looses even a last breath of perfume.

And the ghostly, creamy coloured little tree of leaves
white, ivory white among the rambling greens
how evanescent, variegated elder, she hesitates on the green grass
as if, in another moment, she would disappear
with all her grace of foam!

And the larch that is only a column, it goes up too tall to see:
and the balsam-pines that are blue with the grey-blue blueness of
things from the sea,
and the young copper beech, its leaves red-rosy at the ends
how still they are together, they stand so still
in the thunder air, all strangers to one another
as the green grass glows upwards, strangers in the silent garden.

-D.H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)

The sky changes so quickly here...from acid blue with the trees glowing neon in the late afternoon light, to grey with huge rushing clouds that stampede fiercely across the hilltops. Autumn is Nature's give and take...She gives so much visual beauty that one can't help but feel an inexplicable joy, but that joy is tempered with a sadness as each rainstorm and gust of wind denudes the trees and brings us closer to winter...when we will join those bare ghosts as they wait for the return of green.

(acrylic on 6" x 8" canvas)


Blogger Michelle Lana said...

beautiful work..

9:08 AM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

defiently has that ghostly Autumn feel to it.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your illo have a pretty calm,

9:52 AM  
Blogger Geninne said...

Beautiful Carla...the colors are gorgeous.
Yep, thinking about the same thing this!

9:54 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

The leaves are becoming rustic here too, and will soon lose their canopies to reveal bare branches until spring.

9:59 AM  
Blogger JO said...


11:15 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Gorgeous, Carla! I love how the one band of sunlight cuts through the middle of the painting. The purple color of the trees and their swaying branches really make it seem like the cusp of winter is nearing. I have enjoyed seeing your landscape paintings. I think that "loosening up" that you were hoping for is happening, and beautifully!!

11:25 AM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Beautiful Carla, I love the glow.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Hey, Carla-- Man, you have really outdone yourself with those brushes since I was last here. Beautiful paintings, especially your entry for "Trouble" below. That fiery red in the grass is so striking--against the cool blue of the autumn storm on its way in. Stunning.

12:44 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Your trees are so perfect for this theme Carla! They are and do become ghosts of themselves! Really beautiful and your writing combined with the poem are equally beautiful!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow! beautiful painting girl! Great take on the theme!

1:32 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

I like your paintings a lot. The trees are great, ghostly. When I was reading your profile it tickled me to see my husband's favorite book among your favorites, A Confederacy of Dunces. He buys it for anyone and evryone who hasn't read it!

1:51 PM  
Blogger Random York said...

You are really good at these snapshots of time... I look at this picture and anticipate a spooky moment! Great! Happy Halloween too!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I love this time of year and the glorious colors. Even a ghostly tree takes on color. Beautiful contrasts in your light and dark areas. Very warming.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Hey its been a long time since I dropped by...been out of the network for a while. But your work still looks great. I love the Ghost Illo. Very nice, the colors give it that cool autum look all of its own. Great Job!!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

Lovely, I think those ghost trees are simply beautiful. A great illustration for the theme this week.

3:46 PM  
Blogger awasnel said...

I like the atmosphers and colors, congratulations.
saludos de Chile.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Robert McLaughlin said...

Good evening Carla,

Your unique insight into this week's theme reminds me of the years I spent in Portland, Oregon. Yes, I remember joy in the beauty of the season and foreboding about the months ahead shrouded in darkness and cold. Beautiful work.


9:10 PM  
Blogger susan said...

a beautiful big impact for such a small canvas! lovely colors and composition carla!

7:37 AM  
Blogger zombie said...

Amazing...fantastic job!

10:35 AM  
Blogger arvindh said...

Wow! What a stunning array of work you have been posting these months! Will definitely read them all at leisure and enjoy.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Beautiful piece. You have done a wonderful job capturing the stark contrast against a "winterish" sky!

5:14 PM  
Anonymous belinda said...

very beautiful and winterish look. like teh glowing trees.

5:48 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Such stark and ghostly beauty! Lovely image!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:09 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

so beautiful, it made my chest hurt. brava. simply perfect.

10:12 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

That blue outline of the trees. . .stunning! And the white highlight in the middle I just love. Beautiful painting and wonderful poem with it.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Spectacular colors. Simply gorgeous.

2:33 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Visiting here was just the spiritual pick-me-up I needed, after a walk in a similar landscape to the one you describe with my "only dog." :) I could tell the painting was small from the size of the canvas weave. It's a perfect little illustration of autumn (and I read DH Lawrence obsessively in my late teens/early twenties).

PS Love the new avatar -- you look very natural and relaxed.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very peaceful and beautiful.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Valaine said...

beautiful. I like the contrasting blues and oranges, and the lighting you brought out with the yellows is what makes this painting sing!

4:14 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

The distant violet hill is beautiful, cold and acts as a wall, keeping in the autumn, keeping out the warm, but the shaft of sun that snuck in behind those cold blue trees, makes autumn the enchanting place it can be.
Another one of your paintings I love looking at-beautiful!

Trouble is also a treat-those colors, very much delivers the vitality of autumn.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

The blues in the trees work so well against the gold and brown straw grass, as well as bringing the sky and the distant hills together. Yes, still, bare ghosts.

1:20 AM  
Blogger Anthony Woodward said...

Wow, these colours are fantastic! Look at that sky!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

this is so gorgeous carla. i love the colors in the trees against the landscape.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Hey girl, I just viewed your gallery! Good for you! I hope you sells go well!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Alexiev said...

Good images...

1:00 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is lovely, Carla. Soothing and vibrant at the same time..

6:57 PM  
Blogger georg said...

Winter-trees and poem are beautiful.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lovely comment and stop-by... Wow -- there is so much I missed, your paintings looking great!!! I adore the one of the Farm. Beautiful words and images all around!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Andrew Thornton said...

I really like that your "shadow" images are becoming more complex. It is such a pleasure to see the development of my fellow artists.

What is the most provocative of this latest piece is that bright slash across the horizon line. It is really very luscious.

Nicely done, as always.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Seth Russell said...

Very nice Carla, I respect anyone who can paint with acrylic, cause I sure can't! Great colors too!

9:55 PM  
Blogger wynlen said...

This is beautiful. I love the glowing light!


8:30 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful paintings!! Love these two of your latest!!

4:09 PM  
Blogger frank h said...

wow! what a changes here since the last time I was around.

the art - superb, excellent - all my congratulations to you Carla!

VERY good!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Tony Merrithew said...

Nice work Carla. Great combo of warm and cool.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Very nice! I am really ready to get into landscapes, I think they would be so fun! I cant believe that is so tiny! Hope all is going great for you!

9:40 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Carla, how wonderful to stop by after a few weeks of busyness that prevented me from doing so--to find you've changed everything. I love the new header...and even more, all your exquisite paintings--so different than the pen & ink drawings you were doing for quite a while. So much more expansive and with such depth. You have such talent!!

10:46 PM  
Blogger Jeope said...

Love this direction you're headed in. I am not so bold as to even consider any form of painting ... it terrifies me!

11:00 AM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Carla, I'm always so amazed after visiting your blog... you must be an awesome teacher.... you always get my brain perking and bubbling!!!!!!!

5:03 PM  
Blogger david santos said...

Muito lindo, Carla!
Até sempre:david-santos

6:47 PM  
Blogger Majeak Ann said...

what a beautiful lightning this piece has!
muy lindo!

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lovely trees!

1:56 PM  

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