Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pale Reflection/Lost in Reverie

According to R. Nemo Hill , to the Shiny Shallow Sunbird the real world is a pale reflection of what it sees reflected in the water. This illustration is a result of thinking about doing something with pale reflection and coming upon his post today on the subject of some birds you may not have heard of (So, words which found an image). You are encouraged to visit his blog for ornithological and other wonders.

Sometimes making art feels like this.

28 comments:

neilornstein said...

wonderful design

COBOL said...

really beautiful, great composition

Squirrel said...

another beautiful work.

Coachdad said...

What I great picture.... amazing!

Joanna Superstuff said...

wow, the image really makes you think.

herhimnbryn said...

I do like this. The idea behind it and the colours sing to me.

Eva said...

So true! Don't we all create our own world?

Alien Junk said...

Thank you so much for the kind words and the reference :}
I looked at your web page, and was inspired by the combination of real objects as backgrounds for your illustrations. It somehow captures both an antique and a contemporary feel. I always have trouble drawing a background.
Everyone's right, this image does make you think, and the color choice for the reflection of the sky in the water is interesting.

kyklops said...

This is definitely one of my favorites.

R. Nemo said...

Speaking more darkly of pale reflections I stumbled on this from a longer work: "...still faceless--till, dead-ended by my dream / at river's edge, two grim Narcissi find / (as they cast flowers to the moving stream) / our pale reflections floating, his and mine..."

notmassproduced said...

great idea and illustration.

Reya Mellicker said...

I couldn't agree more with the sunbird.

Stunning image! Thank you!

jenn's mama said...

incredible and i do stare at your work and think 'how does she do that'...thought-provoking contrast

R2K said...

: )

joseph's art and stuff said...

Love it! I've seen work like this done by two different artists splitting the work space and running with their own interpretation of the theme. When put together the work can be great or... You make a person think with your art, that's talent!

j. said...

i love this so.
it's quite beautiful.



and i am interested in the 'absolute beginners' idea you mentioned.
i'm a little busy at the moment but i just wanted to let you know it was something i'm interested in.
i'll respond more in depth to your email a bit later : )

ArtSparker said...

Nemo- I love the "grim Narcissi" image. It's a great religion when it works, but two with the same agenda kind of defeats the enterprise.

Lucy Autrey Wilson said...

Really nice!

bindu said...

I love this illustration! Your work is so unusual and unique.

parisa mahmoudi said...

Oh,I really like the idea!!! :O
So fantastic,and presentation is completed it!The colors and composition are in the best way!

PS yes,dry again! ;)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

thanks for sharing this marvelous illustration and providing the link to nemo hill!

R. Nemo said...

Ha! Susan. It becomes kind of mandala-like, a perceptive cat's cradle, with four points to the kaleidoscope: face to reflected face, face to face, and face to the other's reflected face x 2. Twin Narcissi.

Tammie Lee said...

I love how this image came to you, plus the art is wonderful!

Nao said...

This is completely wonderful Susan, beautiful and so deeply insightful.

Nicky Linzey said...

A beautiful illustration and very original idea for the theme.

jude said...

oh this picture and word carnival is just fabulous.

Pen Pen said...

I've never heard of this-It was a totally new idea for me-what the bird sees in the water. I love your representation here too-just beautiful work! The story behind the piece has captured me as well-I'm going to lean more about this bird and I hope I can reference it one day in a written work--It's rich with meaning!

Eric Barclay said...

Outstanding, Susan.