Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Illustration Friday - Emergency



I wasn't coming up with a good idea for this week's IF topic, so in an emergency, you go to your files of old art. LOL! This was done a couple of years ago, and was titled, "Run".

When I was a kid I looked out at Cottonwood Creek one summer day, and it was filled with enormous fish - fish 2 1/2 or 3 feet long! Usually I just caught little perch. I was filled with awe, amazement, and a burning desire to catch one of those monsters! I turned and ran as fast as I could for the house, to get my fishing pole. I remember feeling as if my feet were mired in mud - I was so excited, and just could not move fast enough!

I didn't catch any fish, though. I threw my line out - sometimes I even draped it over one of their backs, but they were not interested in my flies, my spinners, or even bait.

Dad told me later that those were carp, and were in the creek all the time. For some unknown reason they all rose to the surface that day. It never happened again, and in all twelve years we lived there I never caught a carp.

2 1/2" x 3 1/2", acrylics

22 comments:

kdhamel said...

It is such a simple image but has so much expression and movement! Wonderful! I also LOVE your elephant from "missing" - really great work!
After reading your "8 things" list you just sound like such an interesting person! I was a teacher too (biology), but only for about 6 years. Luckily I had a lot of freedom to teach what I wanted!

paulinho said...

You have a nice work. My English is not so good, but I’ll come back and read about it. Thanks for the visit.

zari.ZHM said...

This fits great the emergency subject...great expression movement!

ElizT said...

That is striking and with an interesting story.

AndyDoodler said...

Grreat painting and story- lots of emergency like energy in it!

Mark said...

Very energetic! And so true to go to your past work in an emergency! =)

patrick said...

i love the way that you communicated the panic, the urgency of the figure, the moment.

well done

JC said...

I love the movement on this piece. It has that frantic energy, which goes very well with the theme "emergency". I really like the way you express your creativity in all of your artwork. Great job as always!

atomicvelvetsigh said...

great way to find an artwork in cases of emergency.. 8)

this one i luv the hues of blue and the abstract feel to it. lovely..

Valeria.m5.5 said...

Really eye catching painting. The story was really interesting to read, i can imagine it becoming a childrens book one day.

Forever Young said...

its fantastic, love the colours

ottoblotto said...

Great illustration, and a good fish story...one that can even be believed.

stephanie said...

It's got a lot of urgency, love those bright saturated blues and the simplicity of the gesture, it reads instantly

Carol H. said...

I like this! The texture and jagged edges really help to convey the emotion, it's almost like a symbol.

stangy said...

wonderfully simple abstract - i think it's very powerful!

YG said...

cool mono color here! I especially like your Moon piece too, great textures and colors:)

bubBles said...

This is such a creative illustration. The form certainly captures the essence of the word.

bubBles said...

You are so cool!

alex said...

This is such a strong image! I would think "emergency" without even seeing the title. I always admire monochromatic paintings, and this one is just so full of expression!

Jared Shear said...

Love the look on his face...cool image

Craig Lamberton said...

very vibrant piece of work.. nice use of colour :)

Bal√£o said...

Fantastic!