anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Defying Gravity

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Illustration Friday - Defying Gravity

Witness - 10" x 10" x 1" mixed media on cradled wood panel

Sometimes gravity settles into my spirit and becomes an ever-strengthening pull of self-doubt that can keep me from soaring beyond my fears. I find then, that instead of feeling grounded in something real and solid, secure enough in myself to venture outward and onward, I am held back by those inner voices that, for some strange reason, want me to stay put. I always come out of these little episodes of the cosmic blues, usually by reconnecting with Nature, looking at beautiful art, reading some poetry, and then messing around in my studio.

How do you defy gravity?


I saw that a star had broken its rope
in the stables of heaven--

This homeless one will find her home
in the foothills of a green century.

Who sleeps beside still waters, wakes.
The terrestrial hands of the heaven clock

comb out the comet's tangled mane
and twelve strands float free.

In the absence of light and gravity,
slowly as dust, or the continents' drift,

sinuous, they twine a text,
one letter to an eon:

I am the dawn horse.
Ride me.

- Liz Waldner


Blogger DEW said...

Carla, as always - your work is so beautiful! I can just imagine how wonderful it looks in real life! I love the background and she is beautiful and wonderfully posed. Thank you again for sharing another beautiful work of art!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

beautiful, beautiful! is this a self portrait, carla? this piece is so dreamy. love it!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

The image is very soothing. Great work!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

A gorgeous image perfect for your words and thoughts.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

This is the loveliest self-portrait I ever seen - it's a perfect match with the poem. Lovely work Carla.

7:11 PM  
Blogger JO said...

Another lovely piece.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

wonderful work carla! so magical!

8:16 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

It's hard for me to imagine the person that painted this has self doubt! I love this, very soothing and beautiful! Sometimes when I have those thoughts I just repeat a mantra that releases me from these thoughts. Also like you I always find walking to be a great release!

9:15 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Quite beautiful Carla! Try not to play those old tapes in your head. You deserve every ounce of confidence you can muster. You are a storm of talent and beauty!

10:19 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Carla, this painting is so beautiful, it has the feel of a very enlightened woman. When I am feeling sucked down by gravity, going for a hike in nature lifts my spirits and opens my mind to new and obvious truths.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really wonderful! Love the texture and she is beautiful!
Great job!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Random York said...

Very pretty Carla- thanks for visitng my blog too!

11:35 PM  
Blogger Diane Duda said...

this is beautiful, carla!

12:09 AM  
Blogger isay said...

i can feel peace by looking at your painting. this is just like in the poem---where one find her ...."home in the foothills of a green century--who sleeps beside still waters, wakes. The terrestrial hands of the heaven dock."

i like this a lot carla!

5:30 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Oh yeah, I can relate Carla. Some might call these spiritual experiences perhaps. Whatever the case, it's all good for you. Anyhow, love the contemplative feeling here in this work. Is it a self-portrait as well?

8:22 AM  
Blogger imwithsully said...

To me, it looks very celtic and atmospheric. I love your work. I'll be back to take a peek next Friday.

11:57 AM  
Blogger String said...

What can I add? Accck I am aching for spring and a little gravity grounding!

12:57 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Hi Carla - so good to hear from you! I miss chatting with everyone in the blog world!

This piece is probably my fav that you have ever done. I love the softness and the mixing of media. I cant figure out if she is a print/transfer of an original or if you painted on lightly as she is so light as air or somewhat transparent but either way, this is great.

Your painting is also coming along. What I love about your work most is your original drawings and more importantly how you incorporate so much design into your work. In a way it reminds me of Gustav Klimt who painted very much with beautiful design.

So good to see you!

5:20 PM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

well put! thanks for a thought provoking entry on gravity

8:48 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

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12:19 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I left a comment earlier, not realizing that the computer was signed on under my husband's account. Oops!

Anyway, she is beautiful. I love the translucent quality.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This has a lovely Earth Mother feel to it that I really like. Like you, I find reconnecting with nature to be very healing.

12:29 AM  
Blogger janie said...

very serene, she's like the spirit of the forest, fondly keeping an eye on everything.The faint writing and the music score add richness that encourage flights 0f it dialoge between lovers?..or the murmurings of woodland creatures..or a babbling brook? And is she humming to herself or is it birdsong?
Anyway it's gorgeous, and I defy gravity (lovely euphemism for depression )by losing myself in gardening.

10:14 AM  
Blogger melba said...

so so so beautiful!!!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

I love your self-portraits. They offer such intimate, beautiful views into your world, your contemplations, your life.

The detail of your tattoo painting is just incredible, Carla. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the finished piece. Wow.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Truly magical, Carla! Your writing is spectacular as well (not that it is anything new)...The colors make me long for spring!

1:41 PM  
Blogger Jessica Torrant said...

Your work is amazing. I am so happy you stopped by my blog so I could be introduced to your gorgeous work! I am also in Connecticut, so hello neighboor!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

What an interesting interpretation. It is so dreamlike.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

This is so lovely! The figure and the background are both so serene, and convey such warm feelings.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

You do defy gravity. :-) Very nice.

10:26 AM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

first of all, i just realized that the age you have listed on your profile is 250!!! i laughed out loud...
there's such a power to creating something, anything when we feel unsettled or out of control...the power of art (any kind of art) never ceases to amaze me. and neither does your work...this is so ethereal and full of peace.

i'm long does a piece like this take you to create from start to finish?

11:46 AM  
Blogger md said...

this is truely magical and uplifting just love th esoft spring colors and the slight transparenty of the figure. nice comment about gravity too. i m
like you i tend to gravitate towards nature

12:38 PM  
Blogger getzapped said...

Carla- I am really moved by this post. Beauty permeates - the painting, your words and honesty. I have been stung by the cosmic blues as of late. I try to remind myself that it does pass and to instead embrace the energy, as it can help us grow and understand ourselves. Like you, being in nature and seeing beautiful art makes my feel lighter. Thank you for sharing. Peace.

1:45 PM  

diggin the dreamlike quality. nicely done.

4:17 PM  
Blogger kj said...

oh carla, this is totally beautiful. you are so talented.

11:38 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

I like the dreamy feel of the painting. Your style has changed again with time. I like the fish in the previous post too. Very delicate!

4:12 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Beautiful choice of poetry... and beautiful art... I agree with Leah, this has a very dreamy quality. I like the layered effect (even some musical notes to be discovered), and there are wonderful textures to experience when it's enlarged. When self-doubt drags on me (bouts of depression), I have to literally list my blessings and remove false expectations... helps with the self-esteem... but is not always a successful exercise.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

this is really beautiful Carla, and she does look like she's moved beyond her fears and feels *light* again - personally i think when we feel that gravity pull, it's our logical, critical left brain kicking in =)

3:05 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Gorgeous! I am loving the style and textures you have developed.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Gravity is the warping of the fabric of space-time in proportion to density of mass. Therefore, to defy gravity, some sort of cosmic iron is required.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Regina said...

This is such an amazing piece. I love coming here to see your very versatile style and wide range of techniques. I especially love the texture and layers of the peaceful green.

10:47 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

More awesome work, yea!!!

1:54 PM  
Blogger platinum blonde said...

very peaceful. great detail...

2:43 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

mesmerizing, i love the fine delicate layers and details. the art interprets yours words and the poems so beautifully

2:15 AM  
Blogger arvindh said...

I like how you have created the effect of buoyancy through your translucent treatment. Beautiful work!

12:45 PM  

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