Saturday, January 29, 2011

Illustration Friday: surrender

Here we are a few days later and I have poured resin on the painting and it is sealed and very shiny. It heightens the colour in one way and it also adds a layer of depth to the painting too. I have to always intensify the detail because the resin softens all of the fine handwork and creates an even dreamier image. For me this image is really called Tree House because this is what it is, a California Redwood! valgalstyle :)







" If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it" ~Toni Morrison




My submission for Illustration Friday's "surrender" theme is a dimensional painting. Liquitex acrylics on wood panel with wood frame, foamboard building, handmade paper shingles and clay chimney and door handle. The painting is called Home in the Woods.

photos and art by Valerie Walsh 2011

29 comments:

Rubin Pingk said...

Very cool. I dig it. I thought it was a box at first.

Would make an awesome box. You could paint a house for each season on each side, put it in a cubby hole, and just rotate it through-out the year.

Anyhow, good job! Very charming.

String said...

Ah...looks a bit sad, this home!

asperezas said...

:D
I love this dimensional painting :)
The roof is amazing and of course the birds also. The owl is soo cute :)

Vicki Smith said...

Fabulous, Valerie. I can't believe you incorporated so many materials! And it's a great quote.

Doodlestreet said...

holy woodsyeowza! look at all the detail! :D that chimney is really really cute! so ya know, my grandma jones was in love with owls…(she was my favorite grandma) and anytime i see an owl, my heart just melts thinking of her.
she would have just loved seeing that full belly fella in the window there… :D
i really dig how this cozy little wood home feels even more cozy because it's tucked safely inside the frame…
so endearing ~
:D

andrea said...

I agree with ALL your other comments. So clever -- love the frame idea.

Janet said...

The glow in the window makes me want to get a peek inside!

Ellen Byrne said...

Intriguing piece, Valerie! And so is Ms. Morrison's quote! Food for thought, that's what I need!

josh pincus is crying said...

very cool painting.

Sherry Rogers said...

I just love your art Val! 3-D is totally awesome!

Indigene said...

Wonderful emotion yielding illustration!

erin said...

very, very cool, love the 3d.

kj said...

oh this is an expressive little house. the eyes, ah, windows, are soulful.

ride the air, the wind? i want to....

love love
kj

roberta baird said...

A house with an owl is a house with heart! Love it Val!

Juan said...

Wonderful job!

Ginger*:) said...

This is so lovely! I would love to hold it and feel all the textures and those paper shingles. You always create such an amazing mood with each of your pieces. I look at these and picture you creating and thinking and waiting for stuff to dry so you can keep going. The video you shared makes these creations even more special.

Faruffa said...

really cute and a little bit sad this house !!!

Brine Blank said...

super job with the texture on this one...another one that really grabs you!!!

bog_art said...

Well, Toni Morrison is right, and it is even better if the wind brings you to a little house like this one.. Sorry I have been lost lately.. this grown old boy life is making me crazy.. hahahaha.. I hope everything is doing well with you over there.. A big hug from here.. =)

Julie Hammond said...

Cute cozy cottage!

Caroline said...

Your houses are the best, Val!

Ana said...

I love the little owl and branches with leaves in the windows...the house keeps the spirit of nature inside, it's alive ♥

Tony LaRocca said...

I always love how vibrant and colorful your work is! :)

Doodlestreet said...

shhhwing! :D
i was looking at the top where the super shiny spots are...LOVE it! The Cali Redwood is the tallest, strong and sturdiest of the trees that protect the little sweet animals of the woods...perfect~ :D

Jack Foster said...

Hey Val. Dimensional painting is cool and you bring it to a totally new dimension! Your vibrant colors really bring out the depth. I really like the tree designs and the little birdies ;o) I really love this!!

Pepi said...

Precioso, precioso, eso es un cuadro con arte.
Besos .

isay said...

i liked how it turned out. it is beautiful valerie. it has window sleepy eyes and a half smiling door. the california redwood was a good choice :)

Connie said...

I was fascinated by the effect of the resin on the painting; magic!

Thomas said...

Being tired in the back of the car and tossing your head back and forth to the rhythm of the widow wipers..
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