Friday, December 05, 2008

IF : Similar


Even though all the trees in the wild birch forest look similar, the white raven always returns to the same one year after year.
Legend has it that it was the tree she was born in.
She took her first flight from that very branch she's perched on.The other ravens of the wild birch forest honor and respect her for her true heart and sense of place.For those of you who believe you can never go home again, you've obviously never had the good fortune of meeting the white raven and feeling her magic.



For Illustration Friday's promt: Similar...and they picked my word!! Thank you IF :) Acrylic paint and colored pencil on cardboard
Click picture to step into the woods :)

62 comments:

  1. It's beautiful and so philosophical!! Congrats on the 'word'!!

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  2. This is so beautiful, it is wonderful. Never even knew these existed. Pretty spiritual also and you captured it... extraordinary :)


    Even from the beginning of time, White Ravens have played a large role in mythical folklore.

    I found a picture of 3 here:
    http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/06_01/ravenNNP_468x311.jpg

    Congratulations on being the chosen topic for IF! What an honor, cheers!

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  3. Beautiful image. Can't wait to do some research on this one!

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  4. What a beautiful picture and post! Love it! Did you use acrylic to make the snow?

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  5. wow! it is as stunning and touching as the legend... your paintings has got soul, Lolo... the more i look at them the more they talk to me...
    namaste!

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  6. Congrats on having your topic chosen this week! Beautiful, spiritual take on it - you've obviously given it a lot of thought.

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  7. wow lolo, an amazing coincidence, your post and mine?

    i agree with hb about the soul in your paintings. there is always a reverent gentleness in your work.

    i am again grateful that we are blogmates.

    :)

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  8. Julie...yes, the snow is sloppy paint just splattered on.

    Lisa@flying colors...thanks for the link! I actually had this idea and thought I'd "Google" white ravens for the heck of it and voila! I found the model for my painting :)

    HB and KJ...I'm honored and flattered, thank you.

    Regina...actually I didn't have a clue as to what I was going to do any more than I do for other weeks. I just let it sit a while in my head and go for it!

    And to all my other friends, thanks for stopping by and doing such an awesome job with this prompt! (And for always supporting me.)

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  9. CONGRATS on being picked by IF!! YEEE HAAA! I'm so very excited for you and I'm doing the happy dance in my chair cause I can!!! You should be so proud of yourself! This is great and I love your illustration. Do peaceful and calm. Great work again Girl friend!

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  10. Beautiful!! I suddenly feel so cold when look at this wonderful work! =)

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  11. Whoa! I never even knew they existed, either! Learned something new today. She is just beautiful and looks right at home in her winter wonderland.

    Thanks for a great word this week!

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  12. Wow Lolo!
    Both words and painting are magical!
    I can see the raven is special to you, you have painted it with so much love and soul!

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  13. Ohhhh this is so beautiful - the picture and words touched me so hugely and deeply. You are just completely wonderful:-)

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  14. Beautiful. Your skills are so good.

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  15. The white raven is gorgeous. I had now heard this legend before. I just love all the corvids. They are such intelligent birds.

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  16. Hi my new friend! Thank you for stopping by my blog and thank you for the word. Your work is beautiful and the whole concept of the white raven is really facinating and inspiring.

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  17. wonderful piece....the color and the mood are so rich. And big congrats on having your word chosen!

    When's the big move??

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  18. How long did it take to put this together? it is very nice. At first glance I gleaned that the similarity was the raven to the birches, but the description is very fascinating.

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  19. What a beautiful painting and it's great that IF picked your word. I love the explanation and thoughts behind this picture.

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  20. Congrats to you for your pick on this week IF!
    I believe miracle will happen if we never give up and finding a way for the calling we are on....just like your explaination trust or not.
    Having faith is very important and living the purpose driven life each day to the fullest is also similar to the sharing of this piece-remember our roof-God!!!

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  21. I love the story, but the painting stands alone. :)
    Both are lovely.
    Thanks for sharing and making us think.

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  22. it has a wintery snowy feel and look, marvellous, love your stories too. hugs and wfs.

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  23. Beautifully done, Laurel! :)

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  24. Truly beautiful! That would be the place to call home :)

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  25. Beautiful piece with a wonderful message. Really great! :)

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  26. I love these delicate colors. Very nice image.

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  27. She looks very old and very wise! Lovely illustration.

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  28. very lovely and wonderful story. thank you

    Tara

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  29. Beautifully done Laurel! It was a good walk into the woods indeed, though I think next time I'll being a warm hat, scarf and gloves. :)

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  30. I like how you use unusual backgrounds (brown paper, cardboard etc). Very nice piece.

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  31. Very peaceful, love your piece of art. You're very talented. I feel honored that you commented my illustration of your topic-similar-I also love your header.. keep the great work!

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  32. This is so beautiful, and such a magical story! Are there such things? I'm going to have to look it up, I am so intrigued!

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  33. Great mood on your piece. Beautiful and tender image.

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  34. This has to be one of my favorites of yours! Gorgeous!
    Wow, wow and wow!

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  35. Congratulations Laurel, the word is a great one.
    Your post is just wonderful. The art makes me want to linger, feeling the serenity and beauty of the moment. Your insight into the soul is one of your finest gifts - thank you for sharing.

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  36. I always love to see your beautiful posts.


    They are always magical and enlightening!

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  37. Oooh, this is a beauty! Gives me the shivers.

    And a great prompt, though I doubt I'll have time to do one this week, sadly...

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  38. so beautiful, the layers and details are magical!

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  39. This is so beautiful - your illustration and your words. I can feel the wintry cold. Good choice of theme for this week.

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  40. Beautiful..I have to paint but canvas cost so much and I am over stretching it..too much work! Your lucky your not in NE now its freezing!

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  41. absolutely stunning - and i love your avatar too!

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  42. Thanks for the great word choice!! Stunning work!!!!!

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  43. Beautiful and full of mistery,love it

    I've nominated you for an award. Check my blog for more details. :-)

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  44. Thanks for the "word of the week" and the birch/bird story.

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  45. Funny, I was reading your post when I heard a ding, and it was you leaving a comment on mine. We're on the same wavelength today!

    Wow, do I ever love this one! I always have loved your raven, all of them. But this white one is very special, very spiritual, very stunning!

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  46. This is beautiful. I love the limited color palette and how evocative the bird is.

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  47. studiololo; your paper bag series are my favorites. It sure adds a lot of depth to your already deep images

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  48. lovely illo - and great word - thanks!

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  49. The white raven piece is powerful, indeed. I have to admit I've never heard of the white raven, such an interesting story. I am reading Maya Angelou's "Letters to My Daughter", and she writes about going home and she agrees with you – you can. I love this!

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  50. Beautiful peaceful and coool- love the color of the border with this too and the story, of course! The leaves make me think of directional arrows pointing the way...
    Thanks for the walk in the woods and snow- two of my fav things (reminds me of 'home'). Oh- and thanks for the word and for checking.

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  51. Congratulations for the topic!! great colors and painting.

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  52. It's so lovely and what a marvelous post, too!

    http://indigeneart.com

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  53. beautiful work… and thanks for sharing the story… i had never heard of the white raven…

    and thanks for the topic… I really had to work this week…

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  54. Full of poetry!Very sensible composition!

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  55. such a beautiful and magical illustration..

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  56. wonderful illustration and a very interesting legend

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  57. It has been a real treat going back through your items. Unfortunately it seems I have missed a few here and there as life has pulled me away from IF...WOW to this one.

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