Friday, April 04, 2008

IF : Save


"I've saved these beautiful blue things just for you, and perhaps when the moon is full and rises just above the bower we'll have our magical encounter. I'll be right here, waiting. I'll save this spot for you."


Read about Bowerbirds here. If I were a bird I'd totally be attracted to these guys because blue is my favorite color!
For the Illustration Friday prompt: "save."
acrylic and colored pencil on patterned scrapbooking paper

36 comments:

  1. Oh, my heart melted when I saw this post, because i knew instantly what kind of bird it is!! I LOVE these birds! It is so sweet - they build this archway and decorate it with all blue treasures (flowers and feathers, etc) to try to woo a female. If the object of his desire crosses the threshold, he has won her heart and they mate! If I were a bird, i would TOTALLY fall for that every time! :) Hee hee hee...I guess I'd be an easy bird.

    I love that you painted this on patterned scrapbook paper. Makes a beautiful backdrop.

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  2. this is so beautiful! the moon and the bird and the feather! Great Work!

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  3. This is such a beautiful work. I also like the music. Very nice.

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  4. ...and you told me you didn't have a good idea! This is a wonderful take on the theme, Laurel. :)

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  5. That was such a good read! Thanks for sharing that link. Great illustration, really beautiful!

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  6. It doesn't even look like patterned paper. It really matches your illustration. You are so gentle with your style on the bird illustrations.

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  7. That would make a lovely quilt. Of course, I see everything as a quilt right now.

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  8. This is so nice! Thanks for the link! Who could resist all that blue arrangements and romance?

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  9. this is just so beautiful. the theme, colors, movement. wow! wow.

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  10. Too much beautiful, great great colors!

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  11. I did see a special on the National Geographic channel about the bower birds. None are so beautiful as your illustration. What a wonderful image and idea. Really beautiful!

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  12. i always thought of blue as a cold and sad colour, but not your 'blues' they are warm and vibrant, so your 'blues' don't gie me the 'blues'. lovely, truly lovely. wfs.

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  13. Wow, this has a real pastel quality to it! Gorgeous!

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  14. what a fascinating bird and a gorgeous illustration !!

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  15. lovely painting, Laurel. The feathers are especially beautiful. And I like it even more because of your comment to my "homage". I love bower birds, they don't cease to fascinate me since the time I watched a nature documentary about them.

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  16. What a wonderful picture and a lovely little story too.
    Caroline
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  17. Beautiful blue things here!!!! Everyone should click on it to see the large view- all the beautiful colors and texture!
    Fascinating article! Thanks. Amazing world!

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  18. I have never heard of these birds until now, and I am SOOOO happy you shared! I am in love with them, how amazing. Your illustration is so beautiful, the pattern ties in perfectly. Loved your post!

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  19. This is extremely beautiful, very lovely atmosphere.

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  20. I love the colors and the feel of texture to your illustration! It is beautiful!

    www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

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  21. your illustrations are always made with so much love behind them!

    teri

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  22. That bird is awesome and a great color. I think it was a great choice to put him onto the patterned paper.

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  23. Stunningly beautiful...love Kate's note on it as well! :)

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  24. This is absolutely gorgeous! The light really looks like moonlight, and the patterned background sets the bird off so beautifully. I love this piece!!!

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  25. Gorgeous... gorgeous! I just love this. You are such a heartful artist!

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  26. This is truly a wonderful painting. I love the soft peace of the bird and the pattern in the background is beautiful!

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  27. Wonderful illustration, I like so much the atmosphere created with these marvelous colors. So lovely bird!

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  28. Wow! This is amazing! Love everything about it!

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  29. Wow Laurel! What a magical post. The painting is exquisite, the poetry so romantic and the article on Bower birds was so cool. I love those birds! Their mating ritual is fascinating.

    Did you see "Planet Earth" when they featured the Birds of Paradise? The males have an extraordinary dance they perform for the females. Birds are so cool!

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  30. Gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Fabulous job on this Laurel, you continue to inspire me :)

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  31. Very beautiful illo. I really like the way you composed it around the arch. The quote was wonderful as well.

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