Friday, April 06, 2007

IF: Spring Green


I love the newness and promises of hope that spring holds. The air comes alive with bird song and the smell of the first cut grass. The bulbs bloom and buds on the trees burst open as if overnight after waiting through winter. The birds start building their nests with care and anticipation of a new brood. What was bleakness all around us not so long ago is now green with new life, new energy. No wonder so many of us feel alive during this season of renewal!

Happy spring everyone!
(For some reason this thumbnail wouldn't upload on IF. After a zillion trys, I just uploaded a bunch of stems from my vase of orchids. Hey...it got you here!)


acrylic on canvas...click to enlarge

65 comments:

  1. I'm having trouble uploading my thumbnail for Illustration Friday!! Too busy and too frustrated to keep trying for now, but I'll be back :)

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  2. Green as in spring, I know the feeling. Orchids are green too LOL

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  3. So wonderful!! And so full of spring! Lov eit.

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  4. Oh, I think birds nests are so precious. What a beautiful image you created. Lovely as always!!

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  5. Green is my favorite color. Your painting and comments remind me of a Robert Frost poem. Please allow me to share it...

    Nature's first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf's a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

    Your illustration is beautiful.

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  6. I love springtime, this is perfect.

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  7. Precious, Laurel. You captured the serenity of a new spring. So much hope in this piece. Yes, my sprits have lifted with the arrival of spring. It felt like a long, dreary winter. But, today is sunny and hitting 70! I'm going for a walk and wearing a t-shirt! Enjoy your weekend.

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  8. simple and lovely, just perfect : )

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  9. This is fantastic, Laurel. Very soft.

    Nice touch with the canvas's texture as part of the composition :)

    cabanadigital.com

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  10. I agree, and you represent it so well here. It might be my favorite season but my allergies sure take a pounding. Such is life. Keep up the excellent work!

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  11. OH, I really like this work!!!

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  12. Nice image :)

    *I hear ya on the thumbnail war.. I've been there :/

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  13. Beautiful nest and spring... , lovely execution, I love the little tag, a nice touch!

    I am envious, two days ago a new layer of snow covered all the green here and believe it -10º! Oh well!

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  14. Beautiful painting, Laurel. Such a delicate nest, so carefully captured. Nice image for this week's theme, so full of promise...

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  15. Lovely nest! I just love birds' nests. Happy spring to you too.

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  16. Very Nice! Happy Spring back to you!

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  17. Happy Spring to You, Too!
    Wonderful illustration, so tender and delicate ♥

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  18. Happy Spring to You, Too!
    Wonderful illustration, so tender and delicate ♥

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  19. Excellent. Beautifully done.

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  20. love your sweet little nest. Happy spring to you too!

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  21. Wow! Beautiful painting! Happy Spring to you

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  22. What a lovely rendering of a nest! Wonderfully done. Congratulations on such a successful piece!

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  23. Excellent job, great detail on the nest. Very very good work.

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  24. Happy spring to you too!

    Beautiful! Your light green style correspond with the essence of spring: new life. And your positive words about spring get me to long much more for spring...

    Thankyou very much for your warm words about my exhibition - it made my day!

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  25. Awesome painting. I really love song birds. We have an eastern bluebird house in the back yard. They are nesting now. It is amazing how hard they work to raise their young. They are totally obsessive compulsive and way territorial.

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  26. wow, its beautiful ! :o)))I love your "spring green",
    Best Wishes,
    Issi :o)

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  27. very sweet illustration; glad you were able to bring us the image

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  28. Nice illo.. very spring time and easter..!

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  29. Wow it's so pretty! Love the detail! And thanks so much for the comment on my illo :)

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  30. So now I have caught up to Green. Perfect spring pallet and subject. Lucky we are not on the east coast, now that is not what I call spring.

    Have a great week!

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  31. Fnally get around to see everyone's "green" after the holiday weekend! this is pretty Laurel, thanks for the breath of fresh spring air as no spring here right now! btw - I sent you an email last week to answer your question about my blog header, did you get it? if not let me know and I'll resend it!

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  32. ah can almost smell spring..this one reminds me of Tasha Tudor's work....

    Spike is so good!Thanks for asking.(check back soon for a post with the Spike/Switchsky portrait my friend Wasserman coughed up for us)

    I must say I was tempted to put the bunny ears on Spike for Easter, but I am just not that cruel..hah!

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  33. love the soft brush work, pretty!

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  34. Lovely painting. Your moldy oranges story is really touching. I'm glad I found that.

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  35. All manner of growing things to build this little nest, and I especially find the little feather here and there,placed with care, beautiful. Your work is amazing, this piece is spiring!

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  36. I meant spring, but it's spiring to.

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  37. Beautiful. By the way, how did the art show go?

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  38. very nice...unfortunately a cold snap has killed all of the flowering trees at this point in this neck of the woods...

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  39. great texture and great line work...

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  40. Really lovely, I like the softness of it.

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  41. what is it with the thumbnails that give so many of us so much grief??
    anyway, it feels easter'y and new life'ey, your work. very quiet yet powerful. great stuff

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  42. woah! beautifully simple illo and 48 comments... gee.. been long since i saw entries with such visitors.. (kinda makes me miss Anonymous 9 you know her) - hmm.. de ja vu .. think i wrote this before. hehe

    hope you have solved the thumbnail for IF just save as "file.jpeg" not jpg.. had that prob before too..

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  43. The speckled eggs are perfect. And I like the tag that is attached. I never would have thought to illustrate a nest. This is a great piece.

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  44. Thank you for your comment, Laurel! I think your illustration is even better for "green" though, it has such a nice atmosphere!

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  45. beautiful and so sensitive!
    it's as if you've painted it with the same love and tenderness you'd feel while holding little baby chicks and eggs in the palm of your hand...!

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  46. It makes me want to make a tiny nest:)

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  47. Oh, it's just beautiful! Now I want to draw a nest... ;-)

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  48. Beautiful colours and a lovely, fragile feel, well done.

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  49. This is lovely. Beutiful colours and you really captured the frailty. I love the tag - it's a nice touch. In Canada where I am it is currently -3C. We had a white Easter, brrrrrrr. Happy Spring!

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  50. Lovely!!! I love it's serene and calming effect. Yay, I can't wait for spring! ;)

    Cheers,
    Theresa

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  51. Very beautiful and timely. Love this image.

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  52. lovely illustration. And I really like the way you talk about spring.

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  53. Beautiful post & picture. I particularly like the tag on it, for those who don't know it's a nest!

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  54. wonderful painting! i love the texture seen on the canvas.

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  55. I love your raven picture! What is the origin of the story - a wonderful tale.

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  56. Okay, I commented on the wrong post! :)

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