Friday, July 13, 2007



DISCOVERY
is the topic for the week over at Illustration Friday. This painting leapt to mind. It is fascinating to watch children discovering the world, all its riches and surprises. A table laden with still-life objects can be an enchanted island brimming with allegory and possibilities to a four-year-old. I still feel that way myself.

Hugh at the Table oil on canvas 28 x 44 inches

35 comments:

Aulia said...

Wow. Amazing Illustrator, my i ask one picture for my blog?

annax said...

Fabulous!
Am linking you on my blog, so I can come back often :)

~annax

claudine hellmuth said...

beautiful!!!

Tina Vaziri said...

You're paintings always take my breath away, beautiful.

Deb Johnson said...

Beautiful painting...very expressive! It certainly captures "discovery!" perfectly!

zime said...

OH Nancy, this amazing!!!! Great illo.

thefridayfrog said...

one of my fav's, nancy! :) the mommy in me is sooo worried about that pretty pink pitcher. i don't want anything to happen to it. :)

Amy Huntington said...

Nancy, This is a beautiful painting! You always capture the light so beautifully.

JO said...

Love your beautiful paintings. So rich and interesting.

v a l e r i a said...

uhhhhhhhh! what an illustration! this is super!I also love how children discover their world...

Brandi said...

Wow, this is so lovely. The mood is just so great. I have no idea how you get so much work done. Working more abstract has allowed me to paint a little quicker but those realistic pieces take forever! You must work a lot!!!

Ginger*:)* said...

Nancy, this is exceptional. It has so much drama even in this instant you can feel the next movement in the story it is telling. Your work is delicious!

Mim Stella said...

This is so wonderful. I was drawn to the pink pitcher also, it stands out luminously. But also the little doll on the table. Does Hugh want to grab it? As a 4 year old, does he want to grab everything?
Love it!

carla said...

I really like the way this painting holds so many stories for us as well... your work is outstanding! I admire your technique, use of color, and the wonderful way you've captured a moment that is so full of possibilities! Excellent:>

md said...

spellbound, amazing work

imwithsully said...

You are such a genius with this medium! This is definitely your forté. Technology would not enhance this one bit... it is perfect as it is.

Tracy said...

This is a beautiful illustration! He looks so curious. Great work!

studio lolo said...

I love every touch you put into your work. Deliberate, yet no evidence of it,really. It's such a treat to come here!

stangy said...

the lighting, the expression on his face, the colors ... all of it is exceptional!

Nancy Bea said...

Omigosh, thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! It is blush city over here.

A few folks asked about that pink pitcher and I just want to assure you all it's "alive and well". I now use it to hold my brushes. ;-)

platitudinal said...

You are a gifted artist, more than that your ability to take children’s perspective is marvelous. *I love the child’s faraway look.

enigma said...

your paintings are amaaazingly good..

Monica said...

Your paintings are always amazing, Nancy Bea. I like Hugh's hand up in the air, the temptation to touch so strong. That beautiful pink pitcher against the green on the background is indeed full of light. Really beautiful and rich.

Rrramone said...

That's the secret, keeping the child inside alive!

get zapped said...

It's beautiful! I love your commentary, and I'd have to agree ;)

DianaDDunn said...

Very nice ! This really tells a story.

Ricardo Guimaraes said...

Excellent ilustration! Love your style and the mood you create. You're a great storyteller!!

janie said...

You create a wonderful atmosphere of calm and stillness, a moment in time, a little boy's contemplation, maybe it's the calm before the storm!
So beautiful.

zari.ZHM said...

I like your work....specially your paintings...what can i say...they are sooo great!

Kathleen Rietz said...

Very beautiful and well-illustrated for the topic.

Janice said...

this is exquisite...

Crystal & Co. said...

Oh yes. For some reason a table with stuff is a treasure trove for little eyes!

Duncan said...

Wow Fantastic what more can I say

mel said...

this is beautiful! and yes i know what you're saying because i have a 4-year-old in the house. he discovers something new everyday....plus a big mess :)

cata said...

Bellissimo as always!
Cata.