Friday, August 15, 2008

IF : Detach


As a way to temporarily detach himself from the rest of the flock, The Elder will often choose the high branches of the bare oak so he can keep the others in his sights, even though they are a mere reflection in his eye. He's the wise one, all knowing, all seeing.
Click to see the reflection in his eye.
36"x 36" acrylic on canvas, finally finished today for Illustration Friday's word: detach. I've been so detached from my life lately, I haven't been to the studio!


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

42 comments:

  1. Great job, this looks beautiful. I love the composition.

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  2. This painting is amazing, so much personality and depth to the raven. The perspective is perfect and the colors are moody yet open. This tops the list for my favorite paintings of yours.. this one and the moon one from last year.

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  3. Wonderful...everything about it, the compostion, the execution, the idea.

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  4. Hope you're doing well Laurel! I absolutely love your raven painting! Another new Lolo fave!

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  5. This is awesome!!!! What of my absolute favorites ever.

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  6. Lolo, my dear artist friend...

    i'm speechless...
    this painting is so majestic... so unworldly...
    the posture of the crow... the tree and its bare branches rooting as if from his mind... the reflection -- a window to the inner world.... the colors...

    wow wow wow .... this paiting is a masterpiece... love it so much... it talks to me so deep... and it is so mesmerising ... cannot keep my eyes away from it...

    and illustrating 'detach' so profoundly... so beautifully...

    namaste!

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  7. Lolo,
    i've linked this inspiring work in my new post:
    http://dearteachersatan.blogspot.com/2008/08/de.html

    thanks my dear friend...

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  8. Mmm, gorgeously fresh colour use. Dreamy. Thanks. :)

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  9. Amazing. I'm mesmerized by all the fine branches and the texture of his feathers. I love that he's looking off to the right. Hmmmm. Wonder what he's looking at....

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  10. One of your best ever; beautiful image! We live in great crow country here; come and visit. We're off into Edinburgh to re-celebrate Brian's birthday, the original being given over to 12 year olds and dogs.

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  11. Wow!!! this is absolutely beautiful and amazing - so magical and full of incredible details! And visiting your blog is always a wonderful experience - thank you so much:-)

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  12. OMG! this is gorgeous!! The composition is just perfect for that shiny black crow. It's a wowser!

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  13. Beautiful, you have some amazing detail in this! Like Steve said, one of my Lolo favorites too!!

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  14. Hope all is going well. And that you get into the studio sooner. This is one of my favorites. The composition and colors are so subdued and cold. Gives me the shivers! PS. Run on over... I'll put you to work with the drill as soon as you get here. I need a helper :)

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  15. This is a fabulous piece!!! I love the detail in the reflection of the birds eye.

    You always put so much thought into your pieces. Always profound and thought provoking!

    Have a lovely weekend!

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  16. Really like this painting. Very moody..

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  17. Awesome Laurel!!! Can tell you loved painting it- especially zooming in can see how the paint- the beautiful colors and details were so lovingly placed onto the canvas. You connected here.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!
    Peace

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  18. ohhh i very much like what you came up with. kind of dark and brooding. very nice

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  19. This is phenomenal. The reflections in the bird's eye and feathers are amazing and so is the texture of the trees. (Also thank you for putting the "off" button for the music at the top--music on blogs makes me crazy! Not very open-minded of me I know--but it throws me off when music suddenly starts playing.)

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  20. omg this the look in his eye wow lolo, wow. he is magnificent.
    ha ha you've been trying to get used to being a year older! small gift on its way to you.hugs and lotsa wfs.

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  21. Wow! This is so commanding! I adore crow imagery - it's so symbolic in so many ways - and your crow has tremendous power. The fact that it's so big truly impresses me! It must be quite something to see in person!

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  22. Definitely detached - always love to see your crows!

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  23. Really exquisite! I love how the simple strokes reveal sooooooo much! It just looks simple but it's not :) You really did a beautiful job on this, i love it!

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  24. This is so great! I love everything on your illustration. The composition, the colours, the expression, the mood... Wonderful!

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  25. bbbbrrravva! those feathers, just swish strokes here and there, and the depth of the blues and black, not to mention those transforming birches...

    wow-wee-wow-wow. lollie! :))

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  26. oh wow! that's really beautiful! love the moody colors

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  27. This is so wonderful! I'm having a real multi-media experience here with your beautiful painting, the music and real live ravens outside my window cawing. You always make my day.

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  28. Really stunning-- concept, composition, color, brushwork-- beautiful.

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  29. ooow wondeful! reminds me of Poe's raven.. i simply luv this..

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  30. I always enjoy reading your post and amazed with the beautiful illustrations go with the story.
    I'm passing an award to you, would you like to pick it up on my blog?

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  31. Beautiful painting. Love the reflection in the eye. Great mood.

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  32. its a comforting figure to look at

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  33. Ohh, I love your beautiful wise black raven-birds, your sensitivity and spiritual approach in the way you paint them and their all-saying liquid eyes..
    I do see some other story in his[her] eyes, a prophetic vision or a mere reflection ..
    I hope you're doing well, dear Laurel

    Hugs,
    Suana

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  34. A profound piece. This captured my attention immediately. It's deep like the raven. Hope you're finding yourself connecting more and in the studio!

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  35. "DETACH" is such a timely word for me right now. I loved the music. You are amazingly beautiful, Laurel, and your creative expression is the perfect venue to showcase all the beauty inside you. You are soul-full.

    Love,
    Nancy B

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  36. Wow! Truly beautiful! Mystical bird! Wise.........Made me think of HB straight away and I can see at her reaction it touched her heart!
    really wonderful painting!!!!

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  37. The raven must be your totem. They seem to resonate with you. You certainly know what you're doing when it comes to drawing or painting them, that's for sure. This is gorgeous! I love his majestic face, the colors reflecting in his black feathers and the beautifully complimentary branches in the background. Just lovely!

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