Monday, June 6, 2011

Shadows, Illustration Friday

"I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene." ~ Grandma Moses

I couldn't have said it any better than Grandma Moses, a true independent and artistic spirit. So today, my submission for Illustration Friday is one that I recently painted just for the sake of painting, something equally inspired by my surroundings here at the ol' homestead, and my imagination.

But before I sign off, I'll leave you with a link to another example of shadows from last summer. We weren't seeing many of them, so when the sun finally broke through, it put a whole new perspective on life! If you're so inclined, you may view it here.

Looking forward to seeing many more shadows this week!

24 comments:

  1. what a beautiful study! fantastic work - masterful control of a very tough medium!

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  2. as usual a beautiful piece of work and great colours

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  3. oooh, this is lovely Michele, great colors

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  4. oh this is so well done! Great job!

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  5. I like the pattern the foliage and flowers make contrasting against the planter. Great shadow shape too!! Lovely and perfect for the prompt!!

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  6. This absolutely glows. I can feel the sunshine, Michele!

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  7. There is something very retro/vintage to this illustration that is appealing to me! I think it's the color palette and the way it's painted. Reminds me of some of my favorite childhood book illustrations.

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  8. There is an incredible kick to these colors. I absolutely love the way that they pop... And ditto the first comment. The control you have is really impressive.

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  9. Wow Michele, how good is this? You've really used the pigment granulation so well in those shadows and the way you have used the white of the paper just sparkles. I am so jealous of your ability with this medium. It really makes me want to play with watercolour again.

    thanks for sharing this :)

    see you

    hoping for more shadows for you :)

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  10. Thanks to everybody who visited this week! It was fun basking in your shadows out there in blogland, too!
    Until the next visit! :o)

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  11. Hey Sweetie, Honey, Pudd, Darling! he he he he he he! How are you girly? I can see that you are doing well in the creative sense. How glorious is this watercolor. Talk about control. It's beautiful!!!! Great job on this. I miss you something awful so I crawled out from under my creative rock to say hello and to tell you how awesome this work is.
    I am still unpacking as well, but happy to be in Charlotte. Sending you well wishes and hugs
    V

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  12. Gorgeous! The atmosphere painting is beautiful too. I love your colors. Really, really love this painting. Nice job!

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  13. Sorry for taking so long to comment on your "shadows" entry Michele, I find this lovely. I can feel the textures, especially of the main pot and the coolness of the shadow in the sun. And i love your colours. Beautiful!

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  14. These colors are rich and textured. I love it!!!

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  15. Hey Michele I nearly missed this...it did not come up on my dashboard? What a beauty it is too. Do I spy lots of sedum in your pots? Your sunny garden has so inspired you I can just feel the heat out there,I need to get into those shadows to cool down. Gorgeous colours, this is so alive! I will see you after my hols,
    Take care,
    Jane x

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  16. Beautiful example of atmosphere created by light and shade. And thanks for sharing the quote by Claude Monet on your ‘Atmosphere’ post.

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  17. Well no resting on your laurels :)

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  18. So gorgeous! Feels like summer!

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  19. Super cool! The way you shadowed the plants brings the illo into 3D life!

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  20. Heisann Michele!

    Hope this summer will have more shadows than the last one--- your moment of atmosphere has a special spirit.
    Your new one gives us hope for a sunny summer....
    ;:OD)

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  21. Beautiful! Best wishes :)

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  22. Wow, this one's gorgeous, Michele! An obviously you have learned to handle your obsession with all those beautiful art supplies without letting them handle you! This one takes me back to my high school and twenties years in Southern California, where the snow shoveling is...non-existent! Hope your Summer is going well. :-)

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