Saturday, July 21, 2007



POEM
is this week's theme at Illustration Friday. By odd coincidence I have been working on writing poems for some of my paintings. Here's one with the most seasonal subject matter. You can click on the painting to enlarge it. My son H is the model, enjoying a moment at one of his favorite places in the world: the lake near my parent's house. I used to love it too...so it's a joy to watch the boys basking in the same feelings the lake always awoke in me. Time stands still for a heartbeat.

Edge of the Lake, 30 x 40 inches, oil on canvas

29 comments:

thefridayfrog said...

lucky, lucky minnows. :)

another one of my favorites. :)

helen said...

This is brilliant - inspirational!

Tina Vaziri said...

Beautiful painting, as always!

Nicole said...

Very inspired illustration!

Ursula Shaw said...

Really beautiful. Love the poem.

julia said...

Hello Nancy,
I haven't found a translation of the Brecht poem yet, but if ever I come across one, I'll let you know.
I like your paintings very much. They have so much atmosphere. 'Twist' would be my favourite.

Steve Mitchell said...

I love the colors and the design focus you've created with the ripples. Very nice!

enigma said...

gorgeous painting, how you perfectly paint the water is awesome.

studio lolo said...

The love you have for your boys comes through your art loud and clear. Wonderful work, as always. I love the emotion of your work.

neilornstein said...

reminds me of Joaquin Sorolla.

steve said...

Gorgeous big painting here! Makes me wanna stop what I'm doing, put the computer away and find the nearest beach!

Ujwala said...

this painting drew me to the others on your oil painting site. it was a lovely experience. you paint beautifully.

Mim Stella said...

This is wonderful, love the ripples in the water

janie said...

Terrific painting, he does look as if his toes are being tickeled, lovely.

Heather said...

Beautiful job with the water and I like the way the composition leaves room for the poem as if it were an integral part of the scene.

Loni Edwards said...

This is so beautiful! A fantastic subject matter and a great poem.

Ricardo Guimaraes said...

Hello Nancy!! I loved your poem!! And the illustration: EXCELLENT as usual!!!

imwithsully said...

My little Liam would love this one. Tickling toes...so cute.

Janice said...

a lovely piece and handsome model!

Ginger*:)* said...

Another beauty. I can almost feel the sand between my toes.....

alex said...

Yes! It is like being there. But the colors are so much more ethereal than the greys and blues of the "real" beaches. Really beautiful.

patrice said...

Gorgeous! Wish I was there!

NANCY LEFKO said...

Just beautiful...I can actually see the water moving. Isn't it so special to see your children grow attached to a place that is so fond in your memory ? I feel the same way with my boys. Thank you for visiting my blog as well.

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Very nice work, Nancy!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

what a beautiful image; you have really captured his body in the water perfectly

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Jules said...

This is lovely Nancy. The lighting is perfect, I can feel the water on my toes!

Brandi said...

Beautiful water Nancy! Just stopping to say hello. The summer has just flown by. Hope all is great for you!

Kathleen Rietz said...

Sorry I missed this one. It is really beautiful and so is the sentiment and history behind it.

molly said...

Nancy, thanks for stopping by my blog. I was just trolling through your work and I'm so impressed. Beautiful stuff. Thank you so much for sharing. Have you an online portfolio or am I looking at it?
All the best!