Saturday, August 14, 2010

Illustration Friday: Star gazing

I have created hundreds of paintings in my 30+ years as an artist that feature or incorporate stars. This image was commissioned by a very close friend and she looked at my portfolio and chose to have me make a bridge painting that would include her husband, son and herself in the buildings. She likes very soft muted colours which is always a challenge as I tend to be quite colourful :) Yes this is subtle and subdued for me... She really loved the softness and the pastel quality of this and it is large and one of my layered dimensional paintings with resin. I did this in 2000 and I am always happy to paint something special for someone I care about. It is called "connection to love" and it is my submission for Illustration Friday's "Star gazing" theme.
valerie walsh 2000

24 comments:

Alina Chau said...

Lovely, love how you painted over the frame and make the bridge a different layer!!

asperezas said...

Wonderful!
:-)
I think you have another similar to this one with many differences such as light tones and horizons...
This is a very peaceful and lovely piece
:-)

Janet said...

Connection to love; great name for this!

Mighty Kwan said...

Very cool! Well done!

Doodle Isle said...

This is absolutely stunning. I simple love your work!!

soulbrush said...

i normally like vibrant art, but this is stunning

String said...

This is beautiful, I love the soft pastels!

LDahl said...

Pal I love the painted frame! I just may have to steal it! :Þ

NANCY LEFKO said...

So very beautiful, Val :)

Heather said...

wonderful piece

Ellen Byrne said...

Incorporating the frame in the painting is really clever! Nice original work as always!

Ginger*:) said...

It is just perfect. I love the softness and I like seeing the people watching the gorgeous view. Amazing and peaceful.

Jack Foster said...

As all the previous comments have said, perfect,wonderful,beautiful,cool and stunning! So to make one word that describes this amazing piece: perdertifoolning! I love the frame and bridge as a 3D element too Val. Bravo my friend!

Kim Carney said...

Good to see you again. I have been away from IF for a long time ;) Love the muted colors.

Caroline said...

How beautiful! It has a really dreamy quality!

kathy hare said...

So beautiful..

erin said...

very nice.

Lisa M Griffin said...

Its lovely - such a wonderful custom piece. Thanks for sharing.

michele said...

What a treasure you've created for your friends! Perfect for star gazing! :o)

roberta baird said...

Frames will not contain you! You're so creative Val... this is just one of your many layers as an artist!
Love it!

studio lolo said...

very touching piece. I had to 'embiggen' it to see the people ;)

I hope you're having a wonderful summer with Mom and sis♥

Tracy said...

I really like this, it's beautiful! :)

Brine Blank said...

I like the color use on this and the handling of the bridge...

isay (Marissa) said...

i love it. i can say that your love for your friend really showed in your painting.