Friday, May 01, 2009

Illustration Friday: hierarchy


Because of her place in the hierarchy, the King awarded the Princess her own castle. This layered dimensional painting was done for the Walker family in Washington. They commissioned 2 paintings, one for each daughter and this was for Amira. She loves lambs, butterflies, hearts, flowers, birds, etc. Also they wanted an image to represent the meaning of her name.
The girl's name Amira \a-mi-ra\ is pronounced ah-MEER-ah. It is of Arabic and Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "princess. Feminine form of Amir. My submission for Illustration Friday's "hierarchy" theme.


copyright 1994 Valerie Walsh

33 comments:

Faruffa said...

it's adorable Val, so magical and romantic, love it!!!

Rhomany said...

Pretty. Love the sheep!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Oh Girl to have my own , my very own castle. I'm sure everyone is asking, " Does the king have a brother??? This is awesome. What a wonderful story!!! I LOVE IT VALERIE! and the music is outrageously wonderful too!

Cathy said...

Hi Val - really sweet illustration, and I ADORE the music!

KaRLa said...

Yes we have the same idea , but you are the speacialist in buildings ;)

Regards!!

Katie White said...

So beautifully done. Colorful and inviting. Great work!

Edrian Thomidis said...

Such a nice castle! I really love the pink and all of the feminine touches. So charming and sweet...great job!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Completely enchanting! Just love this piece, chock full of my favorite colors and things. Lucky gal.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

isay said...

This is far more beautiful than any castle! Really perfect for Amira. It is fully lighted and has a warm welcoming feeling. And it has given me an idea. The lamb can also become a marble garden table.

Caroline said...

I knew we could expect something wonderful from you, Val! This is charming - lucky Amira!

angels said...

Very sweet princess castle... it seems to be out of a fairy tale...

murphy girl said...

lovely! a nice tribute!

Tessa said...

Oh my goodness - you just never cease to totally AMAZE me, Val. That is absolutely spectacularly beautiful - a real heirloom. What a very lucky princess Amira is.... and how immensley talented you are!

Ginger*:) said...

How lovely! At First I thought that was you in the castle window. You certainly have earned one!

Beatrice said...

Very cute!

NANCY LEFKO said...

what a beautiful castle....fit for the fairest of them all :)

soulbrush said...

what a lucky princess, and what a fab castle.

studio lolo said...

val, it's so hard to type a comment when the music has me riverdancing!!!!

Wonderful, magical piece my friend. Wonderful!

FYI, me riverdancing? Not so pretty! Way too jiggly :P

isay said...

hej again valerie. would you be so nice to send me the link again? i tried it but there was no videos found. thanks. i appreciate it. i hope you are having a nice weekend.

ps. manny paquiao won again in boxing!

asperezas said...

:-o

incredibly sweet

:-)

John said...

Darn I never get her fast enough to post before everyone else does hahaha great piece as always!

Cheryl said...

I love your layered pieces. And I'm trying not to dance while I sit.

Bella Sinclair said...

Charming galore! Oh my! I bet this is the star piece of her room. So pretty and feminine, just perfect for a princess!

Ellen Byrne said...

Very cool, as usual, Valerie! Your stuff is always like no one else's. Bravo!

Roberta said...

magical!!
What a lucky girl!!!

kj said...

hi there! another magical place. you should be a cabinet member in washington in charge of urban development, val. you can create castles and communities where conflicts melt away!

love you love you
:)

Dot said...

Hey! I hadn't stopped by lately -- just so busy, but loving your stuff as usual..

nancy

Rachelle said...

Beautiful painting Valerie, and such a great and personal story behind it. Amira is a luck girl!

i should start participating in Illustration Friday again! It gets you thinking outside the box.

You mention this is a 'layered dimenstional' painting. Are the layers made up of paper?

Tony Sarrecchia... said...

Great castle--love the layers and the sheep. The heart shaped bushes are a nice touch.

thedoodlegirl said...

How I'd love to float away into one of your paintings! Just lovely.

erin said...

so nice, the music really puts me into your painting, I feel like twirling.

Michelle Lana said...

NIce one Val!

yoon see said...

Wow! A princess welcoming us from the window:)