Friday, January 08, 2010

Illustration Friday: confined

Most of the time artists have to create in a confined perimeter. But I usually try to go beyond the boundaries any way I can get away with ;) My submission for Illustration Friday's "confined" theme is one of my dimensional paintings titled "Oriental Evening". My bridge paintings are quite popular so I have done them many ways for many people and each one is unique and yet similar. I think bridges help to break out of the confines and going outside of the frame helps too. I always put in details of life inside the windows in the form of glimpses of men and women, instruments. birds in cages, cups with tea or coffee in them and books, paintings, kitties and dogs. This one I even made some clothes on a line created from handmade paper and all the flowers are dimensional. I hope you enjoy!

Speaking of enjoyment I went with my friend Trish to see her daughter Katherine in her music group tonight at the Apple Store in Santa Monica. The name of the group is Sonos and they are so good that I want to share this with the world!!! We live on the same street and have been neighbors for years. I have watched Kath grow into a beautiful young woman so I had to go see Sonos tonight and give my support before they go back out on tour again. They have a deal on Verve Records, these kids are kicking butt! Because I know Kath so well I asked if I could have a picture with the band, a kind of "I knew them when" and I was the only one to have my pic with the band, YAY!!! They are amazing and you must click on to this word: kings of maybe and you can see what I am talking about. There are no instruments only voices in this group. Awesome!

sonosings.com

33 comments:

String said...

I love that picture! The colours are lovely! It has been a bridge week, you are now the third posting bridges on my blog roll!

Doodlestreet said...

Hey dood! What a lovely group! You look so very proud to be standing by your sweet kath...how cute is that!? I am totally diggin' that kid behind you with the red hair, ha! He looks way fun~
I'm heading over to KOM to check them out right now!

(I've been MIA lately...lots going on around here...kinda stressful, but when things calm down I'll fill you in...) ;o)
xo

Janet said...

The little clothes are cool!

I heard the bands interview on NPR a while back...they're great!

Handiest One said...

Loving the Illustration Val and looks like you had a very fun time with the Sonas

Pepi said...

Espectacular, divina, una preciosidad............ que guapos estais en la fotografía. Muchos besos.

andrea said...

I love your bridge paintings. This one's extra good!

mark beam said...

sooper doop...love the band.....smoood.

Mary Jane said...

The singing group is wonderful and I am passing the youtube site to my sixteen year old grandson who is part of a small singers group.
Those singers will inspire these Canadian kids I am certain.
And of course as always I enjoy your houses with interpretations to IF. Lovely work!

Ginger*:) said...

Wonderful post! I love your houses and bridges. It is impossible to get enough of them. The SONOS group looks quite amazing and the redhead reminds me of our son in law the drummer/sculptor before his hair began to "peak" at an older age.

All the best in the New Year!

asperezas said...

Another delicious dream work.

:-)

To Pam: LOL

Faruffa said...

it is truly magnificent, big is the effect of space created by the double bridge, and great the contrast with the interior lighted houses, delightful details of the linen that comes out from the frame!!!
Thanks for your precious advices, they were very revealing for me.
un abbraccio Vitti

gudbrandsdottir said...

Lovely illustration! As all of your work!

Caroline said...

Wow! On both accounts!! Love your picture with its wonderfully romantic quality (the underwear on the line is a lovely touch)!! The group is fantastic - such a creative approach and very entertaining! Good luck to them! Thanks for sharing!

Traci Bixby said...

So beautiful! Love how it glows. Very intriguing.

LDahl said...

Val you can even make the idea of confinement warm and inviting! Sheesh, how do you do that! hehe!

Jack Foster said...

Hey Val! I'm loving the bridge! Love the contrasting colors and the puple mountains and the sky.... What the heck!!! I love it all! :o) You are such a talent, and such a sweetheart! You look like part of the band. I'm going to check out kings of maybe right now.

isay (Marissa) said...

i don't wonder anymore why your bridges are quite popular :) and i always look forward to seeing each of their uniqueness. and also i love when you make three dimensional-those are one of my favorites.

and Sonos, lovely group and really great sound. you look great in the picture valerie :)

i enjoyed reading your post.

Marc said...

You sing Val?

Indigene said...

Oh, I love the drama of the illustration! Happy New Year! It looks like you're off to a great start with some wonderful music from this band of young ones! :)

kj said...

so many times all i can say is 'oh val'. i am constantly amazed and in awe of what you do.

i blew this up and i am ready to jump off that little dock, no questions asked. the world you see and create is safe and silly and always super magical.

and that photo of you. everyone: this is my good friend valerie walsh! isn't she just a total doll?

Valerie Lorimer said...

This is a really amazing piece, Val! It's really intriguing. Full of atmosphere and life.

Studio Zuga said...

nice bridge work and comments about them helping us break out of our confinements.

roberta baird said...

Too cool Val! I'd love to watch you create one of these!

BTW.... Sonos rocks!

Jaimie said...

Beautiful!

donny* said...

what a beautiful scene. wonderful colors and illustration. well done!

thedoodlegirl said...

What a fun picture! How exciting to see them rising to the top! I loved your thoughts on your "confined" illustration. Very cool. I love the illustration itself, too, of course. It's GORGEOUS.

michael robertson said...

nice! great color and atmosphere!

flossy-p said...

Hi Val, Thanks so much for welcoming me back with such open arms ;) It feels great to be back, hopefully I can keep it up this time.

Your bridge it so mystical, beautiful and inviting. Bridges are a great subject, each is so different and lovely. I have a book of photographs of great bridges!

James said...

A good take on the theme, very nice

Eric Barclay said...

I love this! Very relaxing painting- love the colors and textures.

yoon see said...

Me too love your lovely piece!
So much happening and happy weekends yeah!

Doodlestreet said...

Hey...there's two people makin' out on your shirt...

smoooooch! hahahahahhahahahahaha!
xxxx

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