Friday, April 25, 2008

IF : Wrinkles in nature


I'm one of those people who finds beauty in wrinkles. Not the ones caused from too much sun-bathing or from smoking. I love laugh lines. And an old pair of wrinkled hands holding the hand of a newborn just melts me.
We have these wonderful, weathered trees here that take a beating year after year by the gusting saltwater air as they brace themselves on the cliffs that overlook the ocean. The salt and the sun dry them out, the wind twists and bends them. They stand like sentinals, the elders among the seedlings looking so wise in their wrinkled bodies. I think we still hold the song of our youth in our wrinkled bodies. And I feel the dragon still sings from within the withered tree.

acrylic on canvas with collaged text for Illustration Friday's prompt: wrinkles. Click to enlarge.

34 comments:

  1. this is a dreamy piece! i luv the hues.. i also had a trees in mind about "wrinkles" and like you i find them beautiful..

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  2. Wrinkles should be a celebrated!
    A well earned party!
    Your posts are so soulful!
    Just love it!

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  3. A beautiful tribute to wrinkles.

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  4. aaah trees, you know we share this love (another thing we share)what a beautifl painting.
    met mim last night, she was everything i thought she'd be and more.
    enjoy the book. wfs

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  5. amen to beauty in wrinkles, my dear friend.
    to beauty in authenticity and in naturalness.
    Oh these poor young girls who think plastic perfection is beauty.
    I'll take my messy old flabby wise self any day!
    xxoo

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  6. I love the muted, ghostly colors and the barely visible text. I like the atmosphere you have created.

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  7. I have lots of wrinkles. :)

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  8. Lovely work Laurel, and yes, as with this here tree, there is plenty of beauty in wrinkles. Enjoy your weekend!

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  9. Oh I have not been here for a while. I LOVE! your header. The blue theme is a favorite of mine. Your wrinkles atre the best ever. We should preserve more wrinkles like the ones you illustrated.

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  10. beautiful tree, beautiful blue, lol! :))

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  11. Such a lovely tree, great blue colour, and I love the connection to dragons!

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  12. Beautiful!!! Another perfect IF submission.
    I see the laugh lines in this tree. I love all trees, but oh how they linger in astuteness to mock us with their longevity, unconcern for withering trunks, wilting limbs.

    http://justgiddy.typepad.com

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  13. Dragons, magic, blue, mystery... I love that! :)

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  14. (thank you:)
    Your IF is very beautiful. I love your solution to the topic with the wrinkled branches. Wonderful colours, too:)

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  15. Great thought, there is beauty in wrinkles. :-)

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  16. As usual you give us a lot to think about! Yeah!

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  17. Yes, wrinkles are often beautiful. Nice illustration!

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  18. wonderful concept and painting...love the delicate palette!

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  19. I love your rendering of the "wrinkles" prompt!

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  20. Lovely illustration - can almost picture them there

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  21. Fascinating scene! Embrace to mother nature.

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  22. I always feel so introspective and positive after visiting your blog. In addition to your absolutely gorgeous painting, you have a poetic way of getting your thoughts across. (Sigh) I feel better now. Thanks.

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  26. i love the softness of this, very pretty :)

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  27. thanks for the kind words, i like your blog very much

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  28. wrinkles for me, signify wisdom and process...f what one had went through...

    beuatiful work and as always, poignant

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  29. I never knew dragons sing from inside of trees! Nice, cool-toned picture, btw.

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  30. what a beautiful post, and illustration!

    a : )

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  31. This is so lovely and the colors are so soothing. A beautiful compliment to the folds of wrinkles on the tree.

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