Friday, May 11, 2007

Illustration Friday: Citrus















My submission for Illustration Friday's "Citrus" is from one of my Marisol greeting cards.Citrus is a common theme in California.When I was a little girl there were rows and rows of citrus trees in Orange County, hence the name.Life was slow and wonderful and you could smell the little white blossoms of the orange groves. This picture reminds me of the many missions I frequented as a child, another thread that runs through this state. In this picture I combined two of the highlights I see in my mind when I think of this sunny clime.





So sorry the painting looks so fuzzy it's behind glass.






39 comments:

isay said...

what a beautiful place and it looks so serene.

Cream said...

Very peaceful!
I love the Moorish opening.

Anonymous said...

JUICEY...Bad Dog

mike r baker said...

Nicely done. Very serene and pretty. Do I get a massage? :)

Teri C said...

Your art always warms my heart!! So you get the fruit of my blossoms :)

suana said...

Beautiful atmosphere with that open arch leading towards the turqoise. So relaxing!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Excellent!!! Where do I redeem my certificate???

Emila Yusof said...

Wow...great work!

cata said...

Peace and love!
Great illo!
Cata.

Ces said...

I love this card, actually all of your cards in your collection. they are so special and the messages even make them more special. I like the hedges, the fruits sticking out of the trees, the butterflies and the purple pool catching the water from the statue. I love how you painted the water. At last the butterflies, they are so free. I don't know what it is about symmetrical things and tailored gardens that attract me to them - but of course I just love all kinds of garden.

I sound like a broken record but I just love everything you do.

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Hi Val! Slowly the smells of our youth are being replaced with progress. You have such wonderful and fun work!

studio lolo said...

This one really pulled me in to a place I'd like to be !

Kaya said...

Gorgeous and so warm. I love your colour scheme as always!

Ginger*:)* said...

Magical and beautiful. I love the tone and the sense of peaceful calm.

PaulSketch said...

the framing is really beautiful on the one looking through the door!! Amazing submissions like usual (wow, I havn't done an IF submission in way to long!)

Pati @-;-- said...

Ohhh... it's beautiful, Val, it looks very peaceful. I'd love to be there.

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md said...

very peaceful and restful. can image myself there listening to the ocean and the fragrance of orange bloosem in the air.

Jana Bouc said...

Wow! This is lovely. It reminds me a bit of Hearst Castle.

giggles said...

Quiet, peacful and scenic! Love the flow of the water too! Nice, very nice!

Laura said...

Lovely, lovely work Val, your work always ispires me!! Back from my art trip so making the rounds to some blogs - pop over to see some mixed media *goodies* if you get a chance :)

Vhrsti said...

Dear Valerie, I've got to say: Great illustration, great text!

JO said...

Lovely soft painting. I too grew up in SO CA, my Dad worked at a hotel in Anahiem in the middle of a orange grove. Your painting reminds me of both the hotel garden and the grove.

Michelle Lana said...

warm and charming!

zime said...

Great illo. Remember me to Granada, Spain. Land of orange and moros art!!

imwithsully said...

I too like the cards in your collection. Lovely!

kj said...

i received one of your marisol cards in the mail and i will treasure it. the fact that it came from my best friend (guess who, val) was matched by seeing your always joyful and inspiring art work. i am looking at the card right this minute and smiling!!

:)

scribblesk said...

This exudes such an aura of mystery! Gorgeous!

Debbie Egizio said...

Hi Val, it's me again. I was tagged last week to list 7 weird things about myself and now I'm tagging you. So, if you want to play, you list 7 weird things about yourself and tag up to 7 people to do the same. No pressure if you don't want to do this or if you've been tagged before.

Take care,
Deb

Debbie Egizio said...

I guess my first comment didn't go through. I really love the image, it's so beautiful and soothing!

purple cucumbers folk art said...

hi darling,just passing threw to see whats going on,it has been a long week.xxoo

Twisselman said...

Very nice tribute to two of the best things about California. I live within a half-hour of three of the missions... San Juan Bautista, Carmel, and Soledad. Sadly, those citrus groves down in Orange County are few and far between now... making room for Dizzyland and houses.

Beautiful illustration.

Linda said...

your pictures consistently
pull me in! i can smell the oranges and imagine myself there!

Ellen Byrne said...

Fabulous, Valerie! I notice a particular sensitivity when illustrators tap into childhood memories for content. It's like a mini visit back to a loving world. I always love your entries but this one in particular speaks to me! Thanks for the zap of good vibe to start my day!

Alina Chau said...

Lovely!!

Ces said...

Val, stop by my blog and read what I wrote about you.

Kstyles said...

I love the bright and bold colors you use in your art. Very pretty!

Liz Jones said...

OOh.... I want to go there. I need that kind of vacation-- orange blossom paradise!!

marc said...

Hi Val,
It’s beautiful and good oranges and lemons, but at home these trees don’t make fruits… It does not make hot enough!
Beautiful place ! And great illo!
Excellent week end!

aynaku said...

"...california dreaming..."!!!
your beatiful writing and painting make me dream...and I have just woke up (local time 7.30 am)
:0)