Friday, January 18, 2008

IF : Winter Plain


I had a series of dreams a while back where giant pears cropped up everywhere dotting the hills and plains. From a distance they looked like small, golden trees. There was always one raven in the dreams, as though he were the keeper of my dreamscapes and these golden pears were his gift.

Here on this desolate winter plain, Raven holds tight to the magic of this gift. Keeping watchful and looking skyward towards the falling snow, Raven is thankful for this moment.


acrylic, Prismacolor pencils, rubber stamp trees on bristol board.
For Illustration Friday promt: plain (from my archives)
Be sure to check out my entry for this word in my Moleskine!

78 comments:

  1. Ooooo...I really like this one. I think the color palette really adds a lot it it, and the repetition of the trees in the background makes it feel more surreal and balances the black raven.

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  2. Very nice and simple, can almost feel the snow.

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  3. A piece of art!
    Especially I love the trees in the distance.
    Ciao :o)

    ... desperately seeking Sully ....

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  4. I'm a big fan of crows and ravens, this is wonderful.

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  5. Sully found!!! ... It is him!

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  6. Very nice- love the crow and the colors!

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  7. This is lovely.
    Some say the pear symbolizes harmony between human and the divine.

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  8. this is so evocative- i love it.
    jana

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  9. I love the haunting simplicity of this!

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  10. Inspired! I used to have re-occouring dreams of a growing field with purple fruit. . . as I ran through it, the crops grew taller and taller. I was obsessed with painting them for quite a while! Maybe I'll add my favorite to my blog just for ya. I love magical dreams like that. Great job, and beautiful work!

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  11. what a beautiful raven! and I love the trees in the background.

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  12. what a beautiful raven! and I love the trees in the background.

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  13. There is something so mysterious in this image. I love the colors, and the imagery.

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  14. so lovely...I really like the addition of the line of winter trees at the horizon....very special piece !!

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  15. This might be my favorite Lolo work yet! Love the style and subject matter Laurel. Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  16. wow, this is almost mystical.

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  17. ha ha i love pears, this one looks juicy, wonderful work as always.

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  18. Your works are the joy of my heart! You are so creative!

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  19. Wow. This is simple yet sophisticated!

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  20. If you like, now you can read the true story of Sully's sister on my blog :o)

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  21. Oooooh! ... and it's snowing sequins! :)

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  22. Oh! This is simply magnificent! It has such a dream like quality, and there is something so charming about it too. I would love to see more on this theme...

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  23. Golden pear trees...what a cool dream image. Especially to an artist! I like the simplicity of this.

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  24. would like to seem more like this as in maybe a small series. really enjoying it all. michael dailey

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  25. To see a pear in your dream, symbolizes the womb, fertility and thus may refer to some female in your life. It is also often associated with the Virgin Mary. The dream may also be a pun on a "pair" of something.

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  26. Just a few minutes ago, my husband and I watched ravens fly over our heads as we ate dinner on the patio. There was something mystical about the experience, something magical about the raven.

    Now more magic as I take in your raven, sitting majestically upon a golden pair. What a magnificent thing to behold! Beautiful job!

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  27. This is a beautiful piece. Lovely work.

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  28. The black and gold in the foreground are so striking against the snow covered landscape. What a dream that must have been!

    PS. Emma is now resting comfortably on my blog next to Sully. Thanks again!!!!!

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  29. Don't you just love dreams?? Great illustration, i love the snow...

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  30. This is gorgeous, quite haunting really. Nice use of the stamps as trees.

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  31. I love everything about this but especially the stance/posture and perspective of the bird. Its meaning has a multitude of possibilites. Very intriguing!

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  32. nice concept and beautiful execution. Makes you wonder what the story behind it is. i like it!

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  33. Love this, it's so magical!
    Sandra Evertson

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  34. simple and lovely! what a great dream you had.

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  35. This looks so totemic of Winter somehow! Simple and powerful.

    Thank you for your comment and encouraging suggestion. I will definitely follow up on it!

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  36. I love being inspired by a dream!
    This is beautiful!
    Have a great day and thanks for the comment!

    Denise

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  37. I like this picture. The bird looks so happy and content.

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  38. Wow, this is gorgeous. The simplicity of it is just stunning.

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  39. I like the design of this one very much. Your muted colors are beautiful. Great work!!!

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  40. Like just the hint of the reflection in the eye...and the stamped trees were a smart touch to help pull this all together...

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  41. Great image and colors. I love the bird, and what an intriguing idea!

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  42. i feel cold looking at this and dreamy. just that nostalgic feel that i badly need to have. thanks Lolo!

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  43. I gotta say, that I really like that picture! Just beautiful!

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  44. Your Ravens have so much personality! I love the restraint in your color pallet! Have a great week

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  45. Beeeautiful!!! Sweet dreams! Love the winterscapes! Always love the stories you write here too- this would be a great for a book!

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  46. Very attractive image, simple and I really like the atmosphere!

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  47. This is wonderful.

    Every once in a while crows will show up in my dreams, too. They always seem to be friends, rather than bad omens.

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  48. What a beautiful piece. And a beautiful dream:))

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  49. if that raven, can pick up and fly away with that MAMMA HOONY pear, then i'd say that is one stronnnnngg bird! amazing color...love the golden balance in the blues and ambers. great job, lolo! :)

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  50. Very restful painting. I like the color scheme and large, simple shapes. Very nice.

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  51. Hi Laurel, This image is so compelling I had to come back and look again. I love the contrast between the colour of the pear against the rest of the picture. What an amazing dream you had :)

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  52. Beautiful image! Simple, strong design. This is one of my favorites from you!

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  53. Your writing and your painting is a bonus for each other.

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  54. Hey Laurel - always enjoy your visits and my visits here. Stalk by anytime;) Don't know where Miri's been - I've been missing her too! Hope she's well.

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  55. Really Beautiful! You have a way with birds, pears too!

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  56. I wonder if I could have made a painting as beautiful and memerable as this, if I had dreamt it? Doubtful.

    Your paintings challenge me to become a better artist Laurel.

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  57. wow this is terribly beautiful. great colours!

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  58. Freaky - my "plain" is a pear too. Love yours!

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  59. This is very atmospheric. Love the raven. And isn't there a myth about a golden bough or a golden pear? Really nice.

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  60. Lord I wish I had such amazing dreams.

    I love giant pears and stuff like that (f.e. flying cows)

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  61. Awww... I love it! Snow never looked better, Laurel ;)

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  62. Dreamy indeed. I love the colors.

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  63. Beautiful interpretation, it's very poetic! The Raven expression it's so touching. I love the color contrast and the texture. :)

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  64. Wow, this is what I get for having no quality internet time the last couple of weeks - I'm making the 75th comment on this painting!

    It is absolutely beautiful, the colours, composition, and subject are all so perfect. It's completely lovely.

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  65. hello lolo- this is a fantastic image! So solid and graphic - raven and the golden gift. I hope you're doing well and embracing life - your art is healing and uplifting as usual. I'm still at it and slowly making progress.

    Be well~

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  66. wow I especially love this one, it's beautiful...but you already know that. I could stare at it for hours, makes me smile and feel calm.
    keep dreaming (and painting of course)...

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  67. Very nice image; you tapped in on this one. Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Lynette

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