Friday, May 16, 2008

IF : The Water Is Wide



The water is wide I can't cross over

And neither have I got wings to fly

Give me a boat that can carry two

And both shall row my love and I


For Illustration Friday's prompt : wide.
This is "Summer Storm", the first painting I did in my marsh series. The best version I could find of the song "The Water Is Wide" is being sung by Rory Block, but unfortunately it's not the entire song...so enjoy the first verse! Click to enlarge the painting if you wish.

39 comments:

  1. I love it! That song is the first thing I thought of when I read the topic!

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  2. Karla Bonoff and James Taylor both sing versions of this song as well.

    Lovely painting.

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  3. This is the first kind of thing I thought of for "wide." You have painted better than I could have, so kudos.

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  4. Nice, I love the sense of density of the shore and the placid water. This is a wonderful painting!

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  5. Gorgeous! I have missed your posts. They always relax me somehow.....must be the pairing with the music.

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  6. This is so beautiful, what a wonderful painting

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  7. Wow, so panoramic--lovely Laurel!

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  8. The water is wide and beautiful!!!

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  9. this is really beautiful - and I love the lyrics too

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  10. This piece really touches my heart. I sang to this to my son every night at bedtime until he was too old to tuck in. Your painting captures it so beautifully.

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  11. Earth and water, very expansive. The song and image will stay with me all day. Wonderful job!

    www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

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  12. LOve the mood, the colors, terrific illo for this word!

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  13. Lovely illustration! Love the concert of words, art, and music.

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  14. I love the mood of the painting, can almmost smell the storm that is coming. I've not heard of the song before, but it seems to fit very well with your painting.

    Great work!

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  15. That is so beautiful, what a lovely painintg...and it goes great with the theme!

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  16. It's a very beautiful painting:)

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  17. i love how you made the sky so moody and look like it's almost touching the ground :) and it fits the theme perfectly

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  18. a song that brings me back to the days of my folk singing youth and a picture that reminds me if the Tantramar marshes near Mount Allison U. in Sackville NB where I went to Rat School,

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  19. This is a truly beautiful painting!

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  20. So lovely and peaceful! Perfect for 'wide'.

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  21. Great take on this. Love your other work too.

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  22. Lovely painting.
    Nice sky, it goes beautifully with the marsh. (nice music choice)

    Jennifer-

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  23. it's delicate and smooth, peaceful and calming, thanks much needed. wfs.

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  24. Such a great handling of the sky...and great contrast with the landform...

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  25. This has such a meditative mood and atmosphere. You've captured the color of marsh grass so perfectly, and the sky has that wonderful stormy feeling. I love the lyrics as well... this is such a lovely submission!

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  26. The painting is so beautiful! It goes with the song so well. Love the song! Thanks for introducing Rory Block!

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  27. What a beautiful painting, it does indeed make me feel that I am there.

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  28. Thanks for the comment...I responded longer on my site...but I appreciate all of you folks' input as it can help students to see some things. They tend to be a bit pampered a lot more than the old days (not that people should be going out of their way to crush anyone) and really have an issue handling anything other than, "That's the greatest art I've ever seen!" This can definitely be a fickle field and students need to be able to handle critiques that are unrealistic because they are 'too good' as well as unrealistic because they are 'nonconstructively undermining'. I think one of the most important things for ANY field that you have a passion for is having a never say die attitude... Feel free to send me your painting for 'wide' as a token gift for me for your efforts...I have spoken...lol...

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  29. Ahhhhh... what a refreshing break from a busy day. I knew a visit here would be calming... (and a hoot, re: nagging haddock.)

    Your painting reminds me of one of my favorite spots at Lake Casitas, in Ventura County. Have you ever been there? It's just beautiful.

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  30. Love how you do the sky, great scene.

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  31. Beautiful use of colour and a lovely simplicity - very atmospheric.

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  32. Great Scot! Beautiful painting and song!!! Love the feel- cool and warm, and peaceful rain coming in. Love marshlands- and reminds me of good times spent in parts of southern NJ.

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  33. Have you been to Savannah? This is how it looks on the way to the ocean across the Tybee Island.

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  34. Simply beautiful. I love looking at it ... it has a meditative effect on me.

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  35. so simple and cool... i love the vision!

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  36. Lovely landscape. And the panoramic form of the painting suits perfectly both the view and the topic.

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