anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Sprout

Friday, February 02, 2007

Illustration Friday - Sprout


February: Thinking of Flowers

Now wind torments the field,
turning the white surface back
on itself, back and back on itself,
like an animal licking a wound.

Nothing but white--the air, the light;
only one brown milkweed pod
bobbing in the gully, smallest
brown boat on the immense tide.

A single green sprouting thing
would restore me. . . .

Then think of the tall delphinium,
swaying, or the bee when it comes
to the tongue of the burgundy lily.


- Jane Kenyon (1947 - 1995)

mixed media painting on 10" x 10" x 1.5" canvas - one of two paintings going into a show called "Altered Egos." You can see the other painting here.

46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure yet which I like better. I do love the layering and textural elements -- particularly the way you collaged sheet music in. So good to see you keeping at it, Carla!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Wonderful portrait. I like her seductive look and the musical notes in the background are just great.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Carla! You really topped yourself with this one. Thanks for sharing.

9:56 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Beautiful! You're always exploring new techniques. Your head must be ready to explode (in a good, creative way, of course!)

Love this piece! Very come hither.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is beautiful Carla!

Hey- Have you been "Tagged" on Illustration Friday? Well- I was, and I am on a "Tagging" spree now, so I tag you...(it seems pretty easy- you must visit my blog to get the rules-very simple- but I am moving slowly so if you get there and find nothing please try back) JRY

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful painting Carla! I was thinking about you as I was looking up quotes that had the word "sprout." I thought, "Carla will have one!!" Good job. I love your stuff.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

lovely!!

1:41 AM  
Anonymous belinda said...

very beautiful and inspiring!! love the bottom green, very striking.

2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love her expression. the effects on the background is truly greaat. those notes and texts and the flower so beautiful.

3:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, this is really good!
the colors combo, the eyes expression... everything makes a wonderful piece of art, Carla.

a TON of claps!

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the chartreuse and eggplant color palette, beautiful details too. this is stunning carla, brava!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOOoh!! Awesome! I love the expression particularly. Nice work!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a stunning image!! Beautiful work.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

So often your work makes me catch my breath. You have such incredible talent, Carla. These are just beautiful.

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great work! I love all the layers!

10:05 PM  
Blogger kj said...

what an expression, carla. and the sheet music, stars and bottom to top colors add to her self sufficiency.

keep it up of course!

:)

11:10 PM  
Anonymous fabian said...

One of the best!!

4:45 AM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

Beautiful work- as always. I'm curious- what song is the sheet music from?

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nicely done! great work, carla!

9:09 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

WOW!! I absolutely love the new direction your art is taking. The portrait below is amazing as well - and your inclusion of collage elements is done in a unique way. The faces on both women look like photographs! What a great show you'll have. Wish I could go!

11:53 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Exceptionally beautiful, Carla. And while I am here I wanted to add that portrait below is so eyecatching I had a hard time saying goodbye to your blog today.
Beautiful work! I know you said you aren't finished, so please show it again when it is done.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Sherry Rogers said...

She is beautiful and so graceful. Love the muscial notes.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

very pretty

5:39 PM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Beautiful and so dreamlike. I love the mixed media and the texture in the piece. That long flowing hair. . .

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great looking piece. michael dailey

9:48 PM  
Blogger getzapped said...

She's lovely. The colors are splendid! I really like your work.

11:15 AM  
Blogger RonniHall said...

love the collage elements of this piece, Carla

12:32 PM  
Blogger String said...

Yes, really love this one! I love your portraits.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

This is really terrific! Love the collage effect.

8:19 PM  
Blogger The Crafty-Girl™ said...

lovely work carla and beautiful words add so much...

9:21 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Lovely face and form, and the arm and hand are intrigueing, their texture and form seem aggetated and groping, in contrast to the gentle aura of this painting.
To me this piece is a pretty mystery, even though the words explain so much, so well.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Very lovely and knockout color use...I really like the way the cool and warm colors play off of the face...

10:42 PM  
Anonymous sue said...

Beautiful. I just love the colors and texture.

1:10 AM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

Your work leaves me speechless ~ so beautiful and intriguing. The layers on Sprout are almost translucent and have such dreamy look, is she holding a bird?? She has a look about her thats says shes really pleased with herself I wonder what has she done, is she about to let the bird go and fly away, has she just met her lover??? Now my mind is working overtime ~ hugs to you xx Jude xx

4:22 AM  
Anonymous annax said...

Fabulous texture and great expression.

6:24 AM  
Blogger BlueJude said...

This is brathtaking! Absolutely wonderful!

2:21 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

What a beautiful lady! Nice to see you back Carla!!!

2:31 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

Such intiquing textures and compeling expression! Really draws you in! Lovely!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Valaine said...

I was inspired to do a self portrait after reading about Frida Kahlo yesterday. I am even more inspired after seeing this piece. This is beautiful!

4:37 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

i love how the music softly swirls around and the way her hand rest on her belly. mysterious and beautifully feminine

2:34 PM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Such beautiful dark eyes! I love how you've layered the music in. This piece has an intense but simultaneously serene feel. Great work.

3:06 PM  
Blogger the enigma said...

i love the colors here, especially the green! and the partitas are brilliant.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Hi Carla,
Feels like I have not visited in a while. This is so lovely. It has a Klimt feel to it. Very soft and magical. Cheers!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Anette Heiberg said...

This is beautiful. I love the mood and the colors.

Anette Heiberg
www.wynlen.no

5:32 PM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

She reminds me of Ann-Margret... her eyes, maybe? Intriguing and enchanting.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I like the music in the air. Nice one! :-)

10:09 PM  

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