Saturday, June 2, 2007



MY PARADISE
is the theme this week at Illustration Friday. Last week it took me so long to get it together that I missed joining in the fun, and I can see there is a danger for me with this theme as well. But for different reasons! Last week I didn't instantly get in the Cars groove because I have about zero interest in anything automotive. (I did eventually complete the assignment though!) This week I have almost too many thoughts and ideas on the subject.


I can see myself over-thinking this all the way till next Friday...so I am just going to enter a painting I did a few years ago called In the Chestnut Grove. I started the painting while on an artist's residency. I got to stay in a small secluded house/studio on the grounds of a wealthy estate, and do whatever I wanted. Which of course, for me was read, draw and paint 24/7. I also cooked myself lovely little meals and took leisurely swims in the estate swimming pool. It was literally heaven on earth. My family and a few friends came out from time to time to pose for me and partake of my temporary good fortune. This is my friend Katie and her little daughter H who were amazingly obliging about posing. I did another painting of Katie that I think was more successful than this one...but it's darker. I think this attempt, despite its flaws, caught a tiny glimpse of a mother's paradise: a golden afternoon in a beautiful grove of trees with one's beloved child...

In the Chestnut Grove, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, 2005

40 comments:

Pati @-;-- said...

That's beautiful :)

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MVillos said...

Thanks for visiting and your kind words!

Great texture in your piece. You've definitely captured "paradise"...

the enigma said...

wow, that is truly paradise.. beautiful painting.

KarinaCocq said...

hola, me encanto tu rabajo,muy bella ilustracion, la atmosfera que logras dice mucho
saludos

Ginger*:)* said...

This is lovely and it has an air of mystery about it as well as the tranquility it evokes.

Tina Vaziri said...

Beautifully painted! I love the atmosphere!

claudine hellmuth said...

beautiful!!

bookbabie said...

beautiful painting, dreamy and serene:)

tracey morgan said...

lovely image

imwithsully said...

This is a wonderful paradise. The soft light is amazing. I love the composition.

JO said...

I found myself overthinking Paradise. So I used just a simple collage. Your paintings as always lovely!

thefridayfrog said...

despite it's flaws? oh i must be pretty ditzy as i'm just sitting in that tree...basking in this dappled light, and i can feel the mass of that tree, right under me.

this is really nice, nb! :))

shou' said...

Yes. I finally discovered your other blog, Nancy. I somehow got lost in the attempt to find this. I was reading the GenreCookShop blog, but remained clueless on how to link back over here. Anyway before I forget, I wanted to mention that the Jewish Pudding cake you had posted over there looked scrumpious. So what was really inside of it? Yellow cake smothered with whip cream? I know I am pushing it, but is it possible that your husband's Aunt Beth would be able to share the recipe? ;) If not forget that I asked.

Moving along that is a cool painting with nice set of warm colors and interesting composition. I am surprised you had the children in the background remained still to pose for you - amazing.

However there is one issue that distracts me when I am trying to read your painting. My eyes don't know where to focus in the painting. The foreground (mainly the tree) is competing with the boy (since each area was done with the same amount of effort/detail/etc). Depending on what you're wishing to achieve you could a) apply more detail on the tree and partial grass or b) leave the tree alone and bring the boy up a little bit more to have an even more believable-looking painting. In addition the second tree from the front has lovely hues with nice saturation, but were all those spots being hit with light? Anyway for me again the second tree (understanding that yes your observing from life) is actual unnecesary. The tree in the foreground already establishes the necessary distance for the perspective, but the second for is taking space. Bleh. I must stop myself. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the painting. Thanks for sharing :)

Sorry if I came off as fairly rude with the critique.

I look forward to your future paintings!

Honor Bowden said...

Very beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Very nice.

Alina Chau said...

Beautiful!! very peaceful and charming utopic indeed!

Morriconei said...

Fantastic piece, the lighting alone makes this one very memorable. Plus, I like the story behind it.

neilornstein said...

what a treat!

Jane said...

You made me smile.....I had the same response to this topic and the cars one too!

Beautiful painting.

Janice said...

I like the way your eyes weave around the woodland to see the subjects in the sunlight... they both appear framed.... :)

Pequete said...

I totally relate with your feelings about this and last week's IF topics. Too many ideas for this week (ending up with an old painting) and very little for "cars" (for which in the end I did nothing at all). Congrats for your paradise - painting and description, they could surely be my paradise too! An thanks for your visit and nice words about mine!

Random York said...

So very beautiful

Emila Yusof said...

Magnificent painting, Nancy! Certainly an ideal paradise!

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studio lolo said...

Magical! I love how the mom and child are in different frames of the branches. Wonderful painting!

Sarah. K said...

the painting is very beautiful..It does feel like paradise..

Erin G. said...

Love the mysterious quality of this one. Reminds me of playing outside with my child, lost in the beauty of it all. Love your cartoons also. Adding you to my inspiration list. Much peace to you.

Monica said...

Beautiful, serene painting, Nancy Bea. I love the colors and the texture, very dreamy and perfect for this week's theme.
What a great experience you had at the time this painting was done, you are very, very talented.

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog:-)

alex said...

this is deliciously beautiful. I love oil paint...it is so luminous and rich. And a lovely idea of paradise.

Suzanne said...

Your work is so beautiful!

mike r baker said...

Beautiful, Nancy. The chestnut trees are gorgeous and the distant mother and daughter is sweet and poignant. I love it.

Heather said...

Thanks for visiting. I like the atmospheric quality in this painting and the great sense of depth. (I couldn't do "Cars" either...)

alix said...

this is very sweet!

Roger said...

Lovely painting, very evocative, also just loved your still life you posted the other week, well done.

Gaia said...

Another beautiful painting!
I love the mother and daughter set in the distance and the trees give such a serene atmosphere...
Actually that's something I found in most of your paintings (at least since I've been visiting your blog!), they are all very peacefull :))

DesigningFairy said...

What a beautiful, serene painting. I love the composition!

cata said...

Atmosphere.....what a wonderfull atmosphere!
I love it!
Cata.

Katie Carberry said...

really nice composition, there is a lot of movement. really very nice.

Brandi said...

Very beautiful piece. The composition is great. I love those trees!

Greg Hartman said...

Great lighting and composition! I always love your work, someday I've got to try oils again. I too had a the same response to cars, I know I'm male and I'm suppose to care more about them but I dont! Your a trooper to do it anyway...and I love the Little Guys response.

Greg Hartman said...

Great lighting and composition! I always love your work, someday I've got to try oils again. I too had a the same response to cars, I know I'm male and I'm suppose to care more about them but I dont! Your a trooper to do it anyway...and I love the Little Guys response.

Kathleen Rietz said...

Wow! this is gorgeous...i can't believe I did not see it last week. Very nice.