anonyrrie: 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

'Scuse me while I kiss the sky...

Kiss the Sky
16" x 20" x 1" mixed media on wood panel

Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things just don't seem the same
Actin' funny, but I don't know why
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky

Purple haze all around
Don't know if I'm comin' up or down
Am I happy or in misery?
Whatever it is that girl put a spell on me

Purple haze all in my eyes
Don't know if it's day or night
You got me blowin', blowin' my mind
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?

- Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)

I've been hearing this song in my head, on the radio, and from Jol's guitar for weeks now, and it inspired me to do this painting. It's not quite finished, but if you look closely, you might spy the song lyrics in the pattern of her dress, along with a few other "hidden" things.


Blogger Daniel Sanger said...

hey great painting! I love it!

8:57 PM  
Blogger Diane Duda said... her hair!

9:45 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Silly! Don't you know that the lyrics are *actually* "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." Yeesh. :)

10:12 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

carla, this is stunning. one of my favorites of yours!

10:18 PM  
Blogger The_Gnarled_Branch said...

a great painting indeed..the colours, texture... composition...nicely done!!

11:22 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I have been loving the texture in your paintings lately. the hidden journal words are drawing me in to look closer. I see words in the background besides her dress. This is one of those paintings you would love to stand in front of and study for a bit.

12:38 AM  
Blogger Ro Bruhn said...

This one's great too. The shawl fabric looks very exotic. Very clever to include the words in the dress.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Writer on Board said...

Love your stuff. Thank you.

2:34 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow, Carla...even without paying homage to Mr. Hendrix, this is a feast for the eyes. Of course I love the lettering you included and I always love "hidden" messages in art or anything that makes me think. How gorgeous all these painted beauties must be in person. Keep on doing what you are doing - I look forward to seeing the next enchanted woman.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Wow, Carla...even without paying homage to Mr. Hendrix, this is a feast for the eyes. Of course I love the lettering you included and I always love "hidden" messages in art or anything that makes me think. How gorgeous all these painted beauties must be in person. Keep on doing what you are doing - I look forward to seeing the next enchanted woman.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

this is stunning, I love the colour and the atmosphere you create.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Fabian Lemey said...

Waw, great painting to go with a great song!

12:34 PM  
Blogger JO said...

very beautiful, as always very interesting.

3:40 PM  
Blogger tusen said...

beautiful. I love her expression. Her hair is really interesting, too.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Seth Russell said...

This is really beautiful Carla. I love how her hair stands out. And I love the rough textured look. Your work is constantly improving, I'm impressed!

7:37 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

So pretty.

I love this one.

The Tart
; *

10:52 PM  
Blogger Majeak Ann said...

**beautiful Carla**

1:04 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Rietz said...

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about this piece. It is truly wonderful!

3:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carla, I hope you know how much I adore your style. This piece is just a perfct example of what you do. I adore the fire orange hair, the song lyrics in her dress, the sky the tree's, the texture...really, really beautiful.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Random York said...

This is a beautifu painting- Your paintings have wonderful color! They look like tapistries.

8:30 AM  
Blogger BlueJude said...

You're work is so wonderful! You are VERY talented! Thanks for stoppin by my blog.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Lise Richards said...

Wonderful work! I will continue to check in to see what else you've created.



8:58 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Ooh!!! I love it! The hair, the expression, all the hidden things-- great!

10:13 AM  
Blogger getzapped said...

Another fantastic painting from you. I love the colors and use of words and texture. She looks relaxed and relieved. The detail you incorporate is intriguing. I can only imagine what I would discover in the full sized piece. Your work shows how much you embrace life!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Oh Carla, these last few paintings are each so gorgeous I don't know where to begin. They have a sensuality and peace within. And in each one I can see how deeply you were involved in the creation. Just absolutely WONDERFUL and full of wonder. I really like the texture you are getting from the wood panels.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

me again.... if you haven't seen or read the marvelous picture books of Graeme Base I think you would love,
'The Eleventh Hour' it is full of fascinating illustrations, hidden words, clues of all kinds and sports a mystery as well as a secret 'sealed' section in the back of the book, just in case you can't solve the mystery on your own.

1:10 PM  
Blogger String said...

Ah, lovely again, as usual, I like the colours of this one too and the leaves...that song certainly brings me back - way back...accckkkk too far back! AGE! Help!

2:01 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

You have outdone yourself my dear! Exquisito!!! That's a word now in case you weren't sure? This is compelling , mysterious and sooooo beautiful Carla!

2:38 PM  
Blogger Ellen Byrne said...

My goodness, Carla, your stuff just gets better and better! Gorgeous!

2:59 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Hi Carla, her hair is like a river, I really really love everything about this one. Super!

4:08 PM  
Blogger bluerose9062 said...

I'm still laughing at Andrea's comment, only because I can remember when I thought that's what he was saying.

I think Jimi would be proud. I love the way her hair sparkles with shiny pieces of gold. I can make out some of the lyrics in her dress, but I don't think my pc is doing your painting justice. What are some of the other hidden things? Don't leave us hangin'. Is that a face on the right side of the arc? Mabe Jimi's face? Purple haze around the trees? Her expression certainly gives the impression that there's a purple haze all throught her brain. Well done!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Lenna said...

Carla, this is a very beautiful painting with a lot of feeling in it. I love her head tilted back - her eyes closed & her fabric-like hair!

WOW! : ) lenna

5:42 PM  
Blogger md said...

great textures and feel to this, also like the one below this

7:32 PM  
Blogger kj said...

oh jeez, carla. this is stunning. the face, expression, hair, background, secrets on the dress--this is just amazing.

10:14 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

This is so emotive, lost in the music.

1:09 AM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

I really like these paintings on wood panel. From the flat screen of this computer I can feel the texture. The shades of green and the tinges of blue in the background give even more impact to this piece.
This lady does seem to me to be dreaming of something loved and just a bit out of reach, the sky to begin with maybe.

1:18 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Song lyrics? No kidding Carla! As if this wasn't great enough. I love the firey warm colors in the woman's hair--lots of vibrant color and textures for the eyes to feast on.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Hildegarde said...

Absolutely gorgeous ! and the lyrics in the dress : beautiful calligraphy, the leaves as trees : adorable and then the arch !! makes it look like the contours of a church window, the expression addresses, I just like every element and the whole composition.

6:48 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Another delicious painting! I like what Random York had to say, it's like a tapestry. So true! It's always a pleasure stopping by :)
Thanks for the visit and for the well wishes. I'm great today :)

6:49 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

WOW! That is a fantastic picture in so many different ways!

Did you tone some areas in greys first and then glaze the colour over the top? However you did it, it's just an all round beautiful piece of work!

8:43 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Your paintings are spectacular! Yea!

10:39 PM  
Blogger Tricia Scott said...

absolutely amazing as always carla!!!!!

10:53 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

It's impossible to listen to this song with headphones & not bob your head up & down. I always like Zappa's (well, Ike Willis to be exact) cover. I like the giant leaf trees in the background.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Shano said...

Oh, this is BEA-ooo-tiful, Carla! I love the mood and the textures. The colors look great together. Well done (as always!)

I really enjoyed your comments on my blog. Would love to see photos of your work space!!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

Hi Carla,
These recent paintings are really great. I think you are really developing as you push them further and further and keep layering them up with texture and words.

p.s. We have the same taste in books, I love confederacy of dunces, high fidelity, I just read Nick Hornsby's latest, A Long Way Down, really good.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Emila Yusof said...

Incredibly beautiful!!

5:42 AM  
Blogger Robert McLaughlin said...

Hi Carla,

I'm not the great art critic, therefore I cannot tell you exactly why I like this painting (and most all of your others also), but my reaction is emotional. I am moved. Thanks for the wonderful work and for continuing to visit my blog. I value your opinion.

I've started another blog where I will try to upload more serious work. It's not linked to my current blog, and I use a new name "Roberto Picasso."

5:11 PM  
Blogger Izabella said...

ab~soul~utely breathtaking!!!!!

xo ~Bella

12:01 AM  
Blogger Big A said...

lovely textures in this one, lovely song.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

I have been visiting with the picture many times now, each visit I enjoy it more. It's beeeeautiful.
Love the "song in the dress pattern". :-)

12:18 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

These series of women paintings are fantastic! I'm with Andrea, the lyrics have something to do with kissing a guy, not the sky :-)

6:21 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I love her expression!!

2:45 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love the idea of hiding written message in the patterns. And, as always, love your use and mix of patterns, so much like a tapestry.

6:48 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

hi carla, haven't visited in awhile, was just reminded of you and your art at Susan Tuttle's blog (if you get a chance pop over to my blog to see a collage I just created of Susan in her studio, very fun piece)

Anyhow, everything's already been said about your fabulous work here that I can't really add anything else - wow!! What an amazing series of paintings these are...

8:31 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Wow! This one seems to capture a sense of longing. Really really fabulous.

12:06 AM  

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