Friday, February 23, 2007

Illustration Friday: Communication






My submission for Illustration Friday's "Communication" is from a dimensional painting called "NightHawk". I posted this September 2006 with a story about how this piece came to be, but I didn't post it on IF. My inspiration was this hawk in an alley in Santa Monica on a telephone pole. I see hawks all the time in Topanga but it is unique to see them in an industrial area where it was spotted. This painting was purchased by a woman who collects my work and was used as an invitation/promotional card for a show I had in Pacific Palisades. I posted this card "Phone Home" in July 2006 for the "Opposites" theme.








40 comments:

Cecilia said...

Ups! me toca el primer comentario!
Simplemente excelente! cada día más lindo tu trabajo.
besos

Kathleen Rietz said...

Love the bottom one most! Great composition!

Ginger*:)* said...

All of these are beautiful and in your unique style. The inspiration and the interpretation are what makes you a true artist at heart.

Debbie Egizio said...

Your houses have such character. It's really great to read about the things that inspire your wonderful paintings.

Sherry Rogers said...

I just love your houses! They all have such life and such different personalities. Wouldn't it be cool to actually live in one. The color and composition are top notch. . .but what else would we expect from you!

Teri C said...

what a great transition from inspiration to creation! Love it.

Ces said...

Oh Val, your lovely creations are endless. I just love this one and incorporating the hawk you spotted in the city makes it even more special. I see them too in power lines in the freeway. I gushed over them one day and it thrills me that they adapt.

Sherry Rogers said it right. Each house has a personality of their own. You would think that a house is a house but each is so special. I love the details and I relish spending time spotting them in every artwork you create.

Just lovely, like you on your birthday - Happy Birthday!!!

md said...

lov the use of the telephone poles in this nice effect

Liz Jones said...

Love both of these!! I esp. love the colors on the top one, but nice stuff all around!

Cream said...

Lovely once again, Val.
I can even see the two parrots rabbiting away on the phone lines.

isay said...

i like how you have made the layout in this post-i mean the electric posts in your painting coming out from the frame in your black background.

Cecilia said...

Thank you very much Valerie. I have put a link also in my blog.
I like very much your works! Love it.
Se entiende?.
besos

andrea said...

Once again a unique but perfectly suited "entry". I love the juxtaposition of technology against nature, too.

Frank said...

a great pice, Val - colors and desing are wonderful - i like it!

aynaku said...

the above painting looks more interesting to me...i like the idea of the poles getting out the frame... this makes the composition somehow enlarged...

Laura said...

Val these are superb and of course in your wonderful whimsical style that i love - inspiration is everywhere we look isn't it, we just need to see it =)

Pati @-;-- said...

Awwwwwww... that's so sweet! Ur illos are always magical :'D

catnapping said...

I love the power lines. And overall it's a great composition.

Alina Chau said...

THis is beautiful, the houses look like popping out from the picture!! Wonderful!! And a great take on the theme too!

marc said...

Hi Val,
I like much!
It is original with these posts which leave the framework, that gives another dimension to the painting!
Great illo !
Have a delicious week !

susan said...

oooh your houses just inspire me! beautiful work as always valgal.

georg said...

Your images show, that houses can have a personality - I love your very happy style - great!

Linda said...

love it, so energetic!

doodlestreet said...

Birthday? Did I miss your Birthday?? Are you a February baby, too???? Me too, dood! My big day is tomorrow...big day, yes...we call them that after the age of 40, eh?

This post is so great! Annie and I were just commenting yesterday on all the big hawks on the power line towers down here. They were HUGE! And one day they were up top with their wings spread out- sunning themselves. At first we didn't know if they were real or not--but since they weren't there the next day, guess so.

When I lived up in my little cottage in the woods near Canada, I had this one HUGE Bald Eagle that lived up in the douglas fir in my front yard. He'd be up there constantly chirtling away during mating season, looking for a babe! Funny....

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Hawks are amazing creatures! I like your moody evening houses.

esillustration said...

so creative!

Shano said...

You are the master of light and shadow! Great whimsical illo as always!!

benconservato said...

Oh Val, it is beautiful! You always give me a little smile.

Big A said...

Nice! I like how you've shown us some of your inspiration here. I love seeing hawks!

Tony LaRocca said...

My first thought of your communication illustration was of the old routine on the Muppet Show where houses would tell one-liners.

scribblesk said...

I'm crazy for the whole 3D thing!Really pops!

kj said...

val, these houses seem to be dancing. they make me want to too.

i understand a friend of mine is eagerly awaiting a wonderful arrival of cards. i hope she sends me one.....

:)

Rrramone said...

Valerie, nice job as always. :-)

Mauricio said...

Very nice job!!!!!

Hugs from brazil

Anonymous said...

Wow! That hawk is really cool. I should have come back as one of them. I bet they can pee on everybody from up there. Great work. Bad Dog (returned)

Linda said...

Val, I'm honnored for the link. Thanks!

Julie Olson said...

So creative. I love the whimsy and fun in your work.

A Sepia Colored Photo said...

thank you for the comment(^_^) i love the little houses by the way. i also like how the electrical post thingys break out of the borders. very awesome

Michelle said...

Very nice! I'm not one to paint buildings but I do appreciate someone who can. Great work!!

Chickengirl said...

wow..I enjoy seeing all these 3 dimensional pieces. Love your IF's Hide entry as well. Really inspiring me to build more things...