Friday, October 17, 2008

IF : Late October Reflections


I love sitting by the marsh late in the afternoon, especially in October.

Maxfield Parrish skies reflected on the glass-like surface of the water, and for a moment I was convinced I saw hundreds of shimmering Koi. Since this wasn't likely the case, I took a closer look and realized it was fallen leaves. They looked like tiny flames on the pond's surface, extinguishing themselves by eventually sinking to the bottom.

As I looked across the marsh I smiled at the reflection of three cypress trees together. Those of you who know my work know they represent my three late cats. I honor them in my paintings whenever I can.


Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Thanks for stopping by my 200th post!

(For Illustration Friday : Late)

48 comments:

  1. Love this-- and this time of year. I can believe they did look like koi... the leaves are just amazing right now!

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  2. Nice color scheme and composition. This piece is very restful.

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  3. It's so dreamy and I love the warm colors and the peace of this illo!!!

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  4. Congratulations Lolo!
    nice to have a totum for your cats which will remind you of them
    Have a nice weekend!
    love>M<

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  5. Wow! This piece and your write out were perfectly wonderful!
    Love all the rich colors here.
    Although there is no autumn here but I still can feel the intense weather & beauty from a great distance. Simply amazing!
    Love your illusion for not the Koi fish but actually falling leaves...

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  6. That reminds me of a magical morning I spent by a lake late in the year. Dottie (much younger then) played happily in the mud and I leaned on a log for a doze. I awoke to see a beaver swimming lazily by not 3 feet away. Good times.

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  7. Beautiful depth to this piece - I think the colours you've used are luscious! Wonderfully done, yet again!

    :)

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  8. What a lovely moment...
    A perfect reflection of the season.

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  9. happy 201st post dear lolo....
    love this interpretation for IF, you are on the ball now with that diningroom table beneath your fingers! for skywatch friday, click on the link on my post, very easy, post yours, then link it to swf..they are also starting a 'round the world' tuesday...come and join us please. hugs and wfs..

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  10. this is so beautiful...well done!!!

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  11. It's my 200th post SB :)
    I saved it for "IF!"

    Thanks to all of you for your comments and your visits!

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  12. This is so captivating, the warm colors an!d the water and the composition are just wonderful

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  13. Ohh this is so beautiful, one of my favorites! I also love the image of koi that are really leaves. Gorgeous!

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  14. Oh my! The colors and mood are fantastic! Excellent!

    www.indigeneartforms.blogspot.com

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  15. Happy 200th post, and what a fine one it is!

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  16. This makes me want to go up to my favourite lake in the world and just watch the leaves drift down into the water.

    Lovely

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  17. 200 hundred posts? HOLEY MONKEYS!!!
    congrats you bloggin momma!

    this is sooo gorgeous, lollie! i'm sitting here, sipping my coffee, taking it in...a wonderful way to celebrate this season. :))

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  18. Very lovely.

    I love the past posts on the paper bag. :D

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  19. Congrats on your 200th post and what a lovely post it is! I had to click to see it close and make sure it wasn't a photo, so very well done, bravo!

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  20. maxfield parrish was one of my first favorite artists. i read that he was really frustrated with his art and wanted to do a different kind; I *think* he was working in advertising at the time...

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  21. Oh Laurel - this is so beautiful! I was so drawn into your description that I think I would have seen your painting even with my eyes closed! The oranges are gorgeous against the deep blue of the water, and the shadowy reflection of the cypress trees adds a wonderful, mystical touch. How lovely that they represent your sweet departed cats:>

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  22. What a beautiful painting and the way you described it, the way you wrote about it, was so touching and poetic.

    Wow, your 200th post! Congratulations!!! :-)

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  23. I've had a hard time the last few months keeping up with everyone so forgive me but...

    1st your sugary is one of my favorites...perfect expression and so simple yet expressive...it needs framed...

    The bear spread is really nice. I really like the composition and the detail work of the landscape...

    and lastly...Late...wow...the debris field in the water really adds the perfect touch to this...it would be easy to under or overstate this area but you handled it perfectly...I like how you cut the top portion off and didn't expand it further than what you did...really really nice and another one that I would love to have hanging on my wall...

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  24. This is just beautiful!!!!!

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  25. What more can I add. This takes my breath away. And I love the thought of hundreds of shimmering koi. They will always be koi in my mind.

    Happy 200! Wow!

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  26. Sorry I was so late for this beautiful illustration. This is wonderful and full of life and color. Very beautiful illustration.

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  27. Sorry I was so late for this beautiful illustration. This is wonderful and full of life and color. Very beautiful illustration.

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  28. You never fail to amaze and inspire me (I know I've said this before). This is stunning and soothing. It represents a moment to sit, sigh and just be.

    I love October and you've truly captured this feeling.

    Thanks and have a great week lolo!!

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  29. beautiful and nostalgic like autumn... your description added to its impressiveness...

    strange... the land seems to me as a mother goose feeding her chick....

    Lolo also thanks a ton for your kind and encouraging words and the offer to send me some cards of the header.... regretfully i should say no... our country's post is not trustworthy...
    :D
    i'll come here to look at it and your other fabulous works...
    your art is full of life...
    namaste!

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  30. Absolutely beautiful! Great use of color and it gives off a very peaceful feeling.

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  31. Oooo, gorgeous colors. Very, very nice.

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  32. Great paint and your perception is so sensitive.
    I can feel the touch of your eyes and how you loved your cats!!
    And congratulations on your 200st post.
    I'm very happy about your visit on my blog!!

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  33. oh wow! congrats on your bicentennial!! and thank you for giving me a little fall, your painting is wonderful.

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  34. Beautiful. You really captured the stillness nicely.

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  35. really like the reflections of the trees in the water and the leaves floating on top. very restful

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  36. Congratulations on your 200th post, Laurel. That demonstrates how dedicated you are to your work. I always look forward to seeing your beautiful paintings.

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  37. Love it,colours and composition are great

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  38. Wonderful! To put it simple - I get lost in this painting... I am there and it is magical.

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  39. Absolutely stunning...Your words and beautiful as your art! Always a joy to pop in on you! :)

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