Friday, January 25, 2008

IF : The Legend Continues...


As we go back to my dream of Raven and the giant pears, we see Raven fly from one pear to another, checking on them as if he has a kinship with them. From the time the moon falls from the evening sky until the first light of dawn, he stays watchful and protective. He has surely and rightfully earned his title, "Keeper of the Orchard."


For Illustration Friday prompt, "Tales and Legends." Acrylic and Prismacolor pencils on bristol paper. ( from my archives)

58 comments:

  1. Love it! Sounds like a fun dream!

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  2. i have tried to do pears and they never look like this, you make it look so easy.

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  3. I'm glad the legend is continuing, I love your raven. Hmmm, and now I'm craving pears. Better slog through the rain and head to Whole Foods.

    Is it raining hard in your neck of the woods?

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  4. I really enjoy your use of ravens.
    Wonderful post.

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  5. This series is fascinating, Laurel!
    They remind me a bit of Tarot with numerological and magical connotations.
    You should check out this book for older children, where a 14 year old boy changes into a raven each full moon:[the title might sound ominous, but this is truly a wonderful and powerful book about friendship and trust]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Satanic_Mill

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  6. i love the way you are putting your dream into a series of painting. they are lovely.

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  7. A terrific addition to the raven legend, Laurel. :)

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  8. This is a great piece. I love the colors. The sky is so beautiful.

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  9. I'm glad to hear that you liked my illustration. It was my first attempt doing something for illustration friday :)

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  10. nice work...those are some huge pears...nice colour and shadow..

    Cheers,
    Diana

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  11. oh what a great idea...I will make crepes this week as a special request...thanksssssss!!!

    Cheers,
    Diana

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  12. Great work! Except I keep looking at the pear bottoms and think "other bottoms". :) Must be the color.

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  13. I see inside the pears an hidden shape of woman, and this makes your beautiful piece most intriguing and mythological (sorry for my bad English)
    Ciao :o)

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  14. Nice depiction of the raven, he looks like he might have an of idea what the dreams are about.

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  15. I'm happy that the legend continues. Very nice illustration, I love this Raven! :)

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  16. This is lovely! I love the colours.

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  17. Keep dreaming if this is the kind of wonderful art it inspires! Nice work... & I agree with 'digital scott' on the pear bottoms. hehe ;)

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  18. For all of you who have noticed the "bottoms" of my pears...I did them that way on purpose :) I think I started to have a pear fetish when I was trying to accept my older, fuller figure. It was all a process...still is! These last 2 posts were painted about 10 years ago and seemed fitting for the past 2 weeks. I have more raven/pear series to add if the word of the week is appropriate, so stay tuned!

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  19. What a delightful composition and narrative going on here. Love the continuation from last week.

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  20. I have loads of photos I took of individual pears from my tree last summer..gorgeous lush things. None this coming summer-the tree is gone. The pears were so prolific I couldn't keep them picked and the flies were horrid.

    This year I am planting a garden and will have lush squash!!!

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  21. I love your raven series! Love the pears too! Hehe...I have that pear fetish too.

    Have a nice weekend Laurel!

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  22. you certainly can't blame him, they are some voluptous pears!

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  23. your raven is wonderful! keep going with the story!!

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  24. Your illustrations and this subject matter certainly have the weight of legend.

    Waiting for the story to unfold...

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  25. Love this series also. Such fun ravens.

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  26. I love your dream Raven!

    Also, the tree painting arrived and it is awesome! The Sandman Purrmaid looks so much like Dahlia with her stripes, white paws and spotted belly... Thanks again you are soooooooo cooool!!!

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  27. This series is so interesting! Very nice work.

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  28. The pear seems to lend itself to anthropomorphic interpretation. Honore Daumier, the great 19th century draftsman and caricaturist did an ongoing series of King Louis-Phillip as a pear.
    Google Daumier + pear and you will see what I mean.
    regards, neil

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  29. nice ravens! quite the characters, eh?

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  30. Your pears are wonderful, mine always look a bit flat.
    Great story and drawing.

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  31. Really like the framing of this and the pose of the raven...

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  32. beuatiful piece. dont know why but iut made me dreamy and smil"ey"

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  33. You've given human qualities to these pears. Great submission. I look forward to seeing more in your series.

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  34. Hi, I think these pears do have nice bums, but still they are beautiful!
    I live in Stow, Ma which is about 25 miles west of Boston. Rural community, lots of Apple Orchards. My nephews ( and their family) live in Rindge NH so I am up there alot! I am also in CA alot, my brother lives in San Luis Obispo - one of the prettiest places on the Central Coast!

    Thanks - looking forward to seeing more of your work!
    Mim

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  35. Hello Laurel,

    I like to give you a “You make my day” award.

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    http://mainlydrawing.blogspot.com/

    :)
    Suana

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  36. Love the color contrast. very cool!

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  37. Oh, how I love this theme you've got going. The pears have so much life to them with raven in their midst. A wonderful landscape.

    Peace and joy~

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  38. What a beautiful series, I hope we see plenty more. I love the angled streaks through the sky and the great use of colour.

    Cheers,
    Dave

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  39. This is a wonderful image!! Such a luscious painting!!

    Thank you for stopping by,

    ~ Diane Clancy
    www.dianeclancy.com/blog

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  40. Love your pear and bird shapes! Great stuff!

    The collage cards you sold me at Etsy are fabulous. They arrived today . :) Your cards made me smile. They are beautiful. Thanks so much.

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  42. too tooo cool to see more of mr. raven and his golden pears. he pciks up all 3 tho, at once? i'm gonna say he "juice-boxes." i mean, woah.

    the color is sooo dreamy, lolo!

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  43. and, i see pear fannies...and i'll just bet you want me to, right? ")

    er...maybe i should scroll up and see if others have...ok, looking, looking... yep, pear fannies seem to have be noticed! :)

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  44. Ravens like pears with big butts!

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  45. Great art to match great imagery. Love the texture and color. I wish I had dreams so vivid!

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  46. Very beautiful and it has a surreal feel to it.

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  47. lolo, you made me spit-take my aquafina! :DDDDDD

    "when big gold pear walks by in a big gold sweater you get bizzzzy!"

    ok, i really only know that song from shrek 1...the kareoke. (saddd.)

    ty, ty for the visit! :D

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  48. Weird and wonderful, reminds me of celtic standing stones only sexier:)

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  49. Def saw figural ref at first sight- very beautiful and thoughtful painting as always here. 10 year old ptg's- they look so fresh!

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  50. I love the booties on the pears! ha! ha! Seriously, the colors are exquisite. And you know I love when you quoth the ravens.

    PS. I have been busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger. :)

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  51. Great work! I love your Ravens!

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  52. This is fantastic! I love the golds you've used here, and the raven is perfect!

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  53. Hi Laurel, Your posts are always so wonderful and thought provoking. I so enjoy stopping by for a visit and that is one of the reasons why I have awarded you the "You make my day" award! Please come by my blog when you have time and pick up your award! :)
    See ya buddy!

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  54. long live the raven and the pear...

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  55. What a beautiful interpretation of the fable. I like your brushstroke quality and the mood that you imparted into the piece.

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  56. have you looked up in dream books what the symbols mean? i always find it fascinating when i illustrate my dreams. of course I dont go to as much work as you. my hat is of to you!

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  57. fyi, those are some very sexy pears. :-)

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