Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Influence, Illustration Friday


"In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope." ~ Henri Matisse

Today was spent quietly at my desk, alone with my watercolors and few distractions. As I watched my intentions float across the page suspended in pigmented puddles, it was clear that my hands rarely pick up a paintbrush without feeling the influence of all the artists whose work I have or will become familiar with.

19 comments:

  1. I like your post today and the words, too.
    This is truly beautiful!!!! xo

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  2. Very lovely. I'm glad you're having a quiet day with paint puddles, especially when it's yielding such beautiful results :)

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  3. That is a very gentle post today Michele, I am glad you floated across the page..your pretty flower shows the influence of your mood, :0)
    Jane x

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  4. Hello Michele.
    First: I must apologize because I do not come often to your blog.
    Second, I must thank you because you've left me a nice comment, thanks.
    Third: This is a wonderful watercolor, absolutely perfect. Congratulations!

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  5. very nice - and i like the quote, too.

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  6. Very beautiful colors! Amazing what artists can create when it's quiet :)

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  7. Simply stunning and amazing. How wonderful the influences and yet the final piece is still uniquely your own. I love everything you do!

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  8. Beautiful painting...and great point about feeling all of the artistic influences lined up behind us as we begin to draw and paint! I've heard this expressed in shamanic work as "The Elders," and there is a strong tradition of feeling "those who went before" in the Celtic traditions too. Tough to hang onto that approach to Life, here in modern-day America! :-(

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  9. Heisann!

    Gosh, what a beauty,Michele.
    I love this plant and your illustration.
    It is so lushly... can I say so???
    Have a nice week ;:OD)

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  10. This is beautiful!! Look at all that wonderful detail. It's excellent!!!

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  11. Beautiful colors. You have so many amazing styles. I think your full page bleed nature pieces are my favorites. Love your poetic explanations.

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  12. So delicate but with perfect contrast - beautiful!

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  13. lovely, just lovely Michele.. sorry to use that word but it suits. I like the delicate colours and the way you have filled the picture plane!

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  14. Nice story behind this lovely flower. I can relate to it! You did an amazing job on this flower, all those details makes it pop out!!

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