anonyrrie: Almost Abandoned

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Almost Abandoned

She Walks in Beauty
10" x 10 " x 1" mixed media on wood panel

This painting was giving me so much trouble that I came close to gessoing it over. But I really liked the background, so I put it on my dresser against the mirror (that's where I put unfinished work that I want to think about), and looked at it for a couple of days until the solution revealed itself. I'm glad I gave her a second chance!

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

- George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)


Blogger nirmala said...

This is a very beautiful work .....doesnt luk like u did on wood panel...its like a textile the background shadeings and texture really luvley wrk ...and very creative design...nice poem to go vt the painting.

6:59 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Such a perfect melding of text and image!

7:09 PM  
Blogger Momma Pajama said...

Hi Carla - I'm glad she got to live! This is beautiful! Do you use a photo to draw your ladies from, or are they out of your head?

7:09 PM  
Blogger the enigma said...

i like the colors in this painting, and the sparkles made it magical! beautiful work.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

It's funny how many times I've started a drawing and about junked it...but I figured might as well let it roll and see what happens...funny how it always works out in the you said...sometimes solutions 'present themselves'...very nice and super color scheme...reminds me of old tapestries....

10:56 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

First, I would like to say that you are holding up amazingly well for 250 years old! You look fabulous, dahling!

This is such a beautiful peace! I'm glad you kept on keeping on. It turned out very pretty. It reminds me of Klimpt meets a midsummer's night dream meets The Crow. I especially like her skirt. Is that textiles or paint? Anyway, it looks so pretty. You did a particularly gorgeous job on the background.

Bravo! Bravo!!

12:42 AM  
Blogger Joy Eliz said...

Oh Wow Carla! This is absolutely beautiful! I love all the small details!

6:24 AM  
Blogger Ester said...

Your work reminds me of the poetic nature that I can imagine coming out of the writings of the lady who writes at this blog:

Sometimes it feels so dreamy and surreal, with just the light touch that keeps things grounded enough to understand figures and actions. Your artwork is really nice

9:34 AM  
Blogger Rachelle said...

I'm glad you didn't give up, it turned out very lovely. :) I especially love the patterns of her dress.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous get zapped said...

Magical! I too love the patterns in her dress, along with the soothing and alluring background. Your work is always so inspiring on many levels. I'm so happy you take time to paint ;)

11:24 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Quite magical! I love all the patterns and textures.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

oo, she's beautiful, carla! i love the textures, patterns and all the stars.

12:22 PM  
Blogger platinum blonde said...

this is stunning!!! i love this piece

2:41 PM  
Blogger kj said...

magical and mysterious. wow.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW!! YOur last three postings are amazing, beautiful artworks!! MAgical, elegant and enchanting!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Lenna said...

Carla! I just got to see this - wow! I think this painting is so very beautiful. I amost thought her dress was fabric : ) I love the white you have used, especially the dots. The multi colors of the sky are captivating. WOW!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Carla, you are on a serious roll!! Each of these ladies is more beautiful than the last. I don't know what you had in mind for this painting, but it's a true work of art so I'm glad you didn't gesso over it. The pattern on her skirt is magnificent! Can't wait for the next painting!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

I've always liked that poem. This painting is magical! I'm glad that you gave her a second chance, too.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

Yes, I love the background too. Glad you continued it. It has vivid and vibrant colors. It's hauntingly magical.

7:41 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I love the colors and details. Beautiful!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

beautiful and love the delicate lace

9:40 PM  
Blogger Khya said...

very nice! I really like the colors and textures and the delicate white lace.

3:43 PM  
Blogger bluerose9062 said...

I love your work, and I'm particularly enchanted by this painting. Like everyone else, I'm glad that you didn't abandon it. Also, I'm looking forward to seeing your finished koi tatoo painting, Moving Forward.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous catnapping said...

I love that background, too, and I love the trimming on her skirt.

beautiful work.

11:33 PM  
Blogger z said...

it's good you didn't erase it. The Lady came out nice.ways remind of my Mother.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

Perfect union! I love the painting. Is the background from real life? Reminds me a little of Umbrian landscapes when the red poppies bloom.

4:35 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

so glad you didn't abondon this treasure Carla!

2:13 PM  
Blogger md said...

wow im glad u gave it a rest and some time and didn't gesso over it. these get better with each one. lov it

4:16 PM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

Carla, I can not thank you enough for the information and suggestions you shared in your comment on my blog today.
The cropped cut-outs are quite good. Have a great week!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Some things (and people) deserve a second chance - glad you were able to save this lovely painting from being abandoned! A treasure revealed in time...

8:19 PM  
Blogger saffron said...

Really beautiful textures, colors and everything about it. I love it, and so glad you didn't gesso over it.!

10:38 PM  
Blogger esillustration said...

this is really nice. its sparkling!!!!! that bird is definitely my favorite part. how did she get it so tame? i need to learn from her. i want to be a bird lady some day.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Izabella said...

Wow! your work in phenominal! I found you through Artwords~

Love love your art!


5:59 PM  
Anonymous mishka said...

Hi Carla. She is georgous! I'm glad you gave her a second try. (I hate when the art fights to get born.)

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carla this piece just makes me speechless really. It is so beautiful, so magical, so vibrant and intense. I just love it. Boy I sure have missed seeing your work. It's amazing.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Just lovely! Your work reminds me a lot of Gustov Klimt. I may have told you that before but you use a lot of beautiful pattern as he did. Love it!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Tricia Scott said...

wow! this is so beautiful! your talent amazes me!
this is my first visit to your blog but i will be back and hopefully be able to stay longer and browse through all the past posts. :)
have a wonderful day!

8:53 AM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

Im so glad you gave her another try too this is so fabulous and another masterpiece from you Jude xx

1:26 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

what a wonderful blog!! I am just a beginner in making some mixed media objekts and in writing. Thanks for inspirations !!Barbara

11:56 PM  
Blogger Searching For a Meaning said...

Captivating and yet a mystique - the eyes perhaps?

A really wonderful art piece.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

There's a lot to be said for second chances. And it just wouldn't be right her being all covered up with sticky gesso...all up in her nose and matted down...trying to speak but unable...(suddenly I'm feeling a little claustrophobic)...

Lovely Carla.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous carra said...

I was so late to come here that it seems like a zillion people has already complimented you on this beautiful, beautiful picture, so my "voice" would be "drowned" here. But I had to leave a comment anyway. This is one of my favourite poems, and I love your interpretation! Thank God you gave her a 2nd chance!

I've been out of the IF and art blogs loop for quite some time, due to a major computer crash. But now that I finally have a new computer I am happy to be back again, and to return to your blog!


4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love everything about this piece. Great colors!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost Abandoned is a beautiful piece - the white accents are mesmorizing!

9:20 PM  
Blogger Ann Christine Dennison said...

What beautiful artwork.
I am impressed by both your paintings and drawings in your them all.
I have linked you to my blog.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Babe in the Woods said...

I'm really glad you gave this a second chance too. Her face is lovely and the way the "dots" look like they sparkle, the colors and details. This is very very lovely.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

This is so beautiful - the stars add a wonderful atmosphere.

4:13 AM  

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