Friday, December 09, 2005

Illustration Friday - BLUE


As I walk with Rufus in these woods almost every day I feel quite proprietal about them. So when the hordes of people come to the woods in April, to delight in the glorious colour and heady scent of the bluebells, I feel – quite unreasonably – that as they haven’t been there through the cold, dark, wet, wintry months, they shouldn’t be there disturbing the beauty and tranquility of my woods.

22 Comments:

Blogger miragee said...

Wow...This looks more like a poem on purple for me, but it's really dream-like. It gives me a lift of spirit on a rainy and cloudy Friday:-).

12/09/2005 1:05 AM  
Blogger carla said...

This is so idyllic...just you, Rufus, and the lovely woods. Such gentle colors and graceful lines!

12/09/2005 1:22 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I like the shadowy quality in the woods, yet you can see the sunlight illuminating the area beyond the trees. I can understand how you feel the woods belong to you when you have them to yourself. I once "had" a field that I loved to explore, until they built a bunch of homes on it.

12/09/2005 1:26 AM  
Anonymous angelique said...

this is pretty wonderful. I love a good walk in the woods. Your neck of the woods as pictured here is so inviting, especially that gentle riot of color above and below. I love how Rufus stands out with his natural red coat.

12/09/2005 2:31 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

This is gorgeous. It makes me envious of the fact that you have woods to "claim." I can completely understand your proprietary viewpoint. I often feel the same way about a park near my house. :)

12/09/2005 2:55 AM  
Blogger Cin said...

oh my Julie this is so beautiful. makes me so glad for blogging and the wonderful artwork that is shared that otherwise I wouldn't see, so glad to have seen this, it's wonderful.

12/09/2005 3:29 AM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Instant response...oh ...look, how pretty and it is all quiet and lovely... nothing moving that you don't want to move. Just dog and snow and branches.
Love
it
!

12/09/2005 4:17 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i love this, feel the same way about my woods!

12/09/2005 5:09 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

What great woods! And such a lovely image of the haze that bluebells bring...

12/09/2005 7:56 AM  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

wow, indeed. Is this watercolor? Or digital? I like the sense of depth very much.

12/09/2005 10:32 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'm with Cin---and I agree with you, Julie, about the interlopers ;D.

12/09/2005 10:37 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

You captured the look, depth, tranquility and beauty of the woods in this piece.
Simply beautiful!
I understand what you are saying, I have a little plot of woods I go walking in.

12/09/2005 10:52 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Hello everyone - thanks for commenting.
Miragee - you're right - bluebells often have a purple look to them.

Carla the trees are hornbeam - which have those lovely flowing lines that beech trees have.

Cindy - you poor thing - I'd be distraught if I lost my woods.

Angelique you should try to see him in the autumn!

Dee I really appreciate how fortunate I am

Cin and Laura, yes this internet thing is great and I so love the fact that I've found your work through it

Idahl thank you ... but ... snow??

Valgalart and Toni it's great isn't it having woods nearby

Caroline don't you just love it when you're driving and suddenly you're aware of a blur of blue - alway makes me feel good

Painterwoman - it's digital using Painter and a bit of Photoshop. No time or space on my desk to get out the paints at the moment so this is along the lines of a preliminary visual.

12/09/2005 10:58 AM  
Blogger Duncan said...

What a lovely illustration, it must be a real joy to walk your dog through the wood. When I was a kid we had bluebell wood near us and I know how you feel, my brother and I use to go scrambling on our bikes all year round, and then the fairweather brigade would come out.

12/09/2005 12:34 PM  
Blogger Nita said...

Wonderful tree lines! The airy feeling among those verticals calls up the experience beautifully.

12/09/2005 4:59 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Julie, beautiful forest walk! Bluebells everywhere!

12/09/2005 6:07 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Duncan - I love that phrase - the fairweather brigade
Nita - luckily the trees in the wood are a 'flowing' shape so vertical lines do the job
Cream are you just procrastinating, looking at other people's blogs when you should be working on the great blogstory challenge - we're all on tenterhooks here!

12/09/2005 6:36 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Julie, it is 1.45am. I have just sent the illustration to Vit. I have had a very busy evening with Xmas parties.
I hope you like the pic.

12/10/2005 1:53 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

this is soooo beautiful. Are you useing gousch?

12/10/2005 11:44 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Thanks Lindsay. 'Fraid not - the deadline was looming so I used the easy-to-clean-up-afterwards Corel Painter

12/10/2005 3:55 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Sorry, I blended!! I read your words and saw your pic with all the glowing blues...and "saw" snow.
I remembed walking in the woods with my dog after a spring snow shower(we get those here) with flowers and new leaves and snow.
Duh, I'm a dummy!!!:)))) Please forgive?

12/13/2005 7:48 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

No problem ldahl - Snow sometimes has those purple shadows doesn't it?

12/14/2005 5:11 PM  

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