June 8, 2012

Shiny

Illustration Friday this week: "Shiny"
Here's one I dusted off that I think fits the bill...or beak, as the case may be ;)
...a missed meal due to a shiny distraction:

gouache on paper

52 comments:

  1. This bird could be a cousin to the ravens who used to roll pebbles from the ridge pole of our roof...

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  2. So we all are when it comes to shiny things. Aren't we all such funny animals?

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  3. The bird version of ‘SQUIRREL’! LOL

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  4. Brilliant illustration Elizabeth.

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  5. Would prefer the bling to the snack! A bird after my own heart. Beautiful, but then I would expect nothing less from you!
    Have a great weekend.
    Di
    xoxo

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  6. Hello Elizabeth:
    Thwarted indeed!! But what is so remarkable here is the way in which you have captured that sleek, glossy, almost oily, appearance of the bird's feathers. We very much hope that you will 'dust off' a few more to show!!

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  7. Henny will be jealous....Good illo!

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  8. Beautiful illustration !!! So beautifully you have captured the shiny glossy bead just perfectly!!!Great!

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  9. Perfect for "shiny"! Beautifully done.

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  10. I love it, it's beautiful and the colours are just wonderful. Love the shiny green;-)

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  11. It's wonderful!Love the colors:)

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  12. If the shiny thing is a fruit (grape?) it's perhaps a bigger meal than the fly. Birds are clever.
    As always, a brilliant (in every sense of the word) illustration.

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  13. Lovely purplish bird. Good tension in the scene.

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  14. This is a lovely (sort of) cientific illustration.
    I love all the details and colours! I love the line and the composition - it's superb!

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  15. A perfect capture of "shiny" - LOVE it!!

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  16. I love the colors.

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  17. Wonderful, iridescent wings! Wow! And the feet are terrific! Beautiful bird all around. And the bug is really great, like a scientific drawing. Super great.

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  18. This is beautiful Elizabeth! Wonderfully done, love it.

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  19. Beautiful colors and details Elizabeth! Definitely fits the bill/beak!

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  20. I think that beautiful wasp was ver-r-ry lucky!!

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  21. Oh! Just LOOK at the colours on those wings. With gouache, too! New follower! Thank you for coming over and saying such sweet things on my blog.

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  22. I love the colors in this! What is the shiny object supposed to be, I wonder?! I hope something edible!

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  23. It's probably a good thing there was a shiny distraction...that meal would have had quite the sting!
    Beautiful illustration!
    xoxo J~

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  24. Wow...that's beautiful! Is that watercolor?

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  25. I like that. Dusted off. I might have to steal that for some of my previously published art files. And you haven't lost your marbles. This is a beautiful piece.

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  26. 'Tis no small feat to relay a maxim with such clarity but without the advantage of articulation.

    Lizzie, you are a storyteller whose language is imagery. Duly impressed, my friend.

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  27. It's so cool how you can go from your loose Henni style to a tightly rendered style ... or did it take you years to get 'loose'? The iridescent colors are terrific – they really pop off the feathers. Just like the bird, I'm drawn to the brilliant light shining through the marble. (ooo pretty! What bee?) Also, I like the echo of shape and highlight in the bird's eye. Really nice piece, Elizabeth!

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  28. LOVE the vibrant colors in this one! Oddly enough, I find marbles rather fascinating too!

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  29. Really beautiful piece! And such a clever interpretation of the prompt!

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  30. That marble looks MUCH tastier than the nutritious insect... I believe blue boy knows exactly what he's doing....

    but then, don't we all do the same thing?

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  31. Oh imagine if this poor fellow had internet access! He'd never eat again! Death by distraction-starvation... (Come to think of it, I've missed a few meals browsing art blogs myself!)

    Beautiful drawing with all sorts of possible interpretations...

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  32. Elizabeth, this is really beautiful. The colors in the bird are lovely, as is the simplicity of the composition. Well done!

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  33. Beautiful. Just lovely.

    Speaking of dusting off old images, I have the "squirrel version" of this idea.
    I might share another time. ;-)

    Best to you
    Lisa G.

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  34. Beautiful!
    You may 'dust' more old images - just love this one.

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  35. Beautiful--luminous==the bird, bee, and marble. Such clarity!

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  36. Elizabeth, this is gorgeous - the whole thing!

    xo

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  37. Lucky bug! And beautiful illustration!

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  38. Shiny happy Grackles holding legs
    Shiny happy wasps holding wings
    Shiny happy artichoke laughing

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  39. that bird’s colours are just divine.

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  40. I love the hidden colors of grackles. From one angle they look like a dull black and then the light hits them just right and they're really beautiful! Your image caught your bird at his most colorful moment. Fantastic illustration!

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  41. The bird is so beautiful!
    Have a nice day!
    Hélène

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  42. I love this piece. I'm a sucker for birds. Your colors are so vibrant!

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  43. Beautiful! That bird is so cool!

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