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Friday, April 30, 2010

"Cocoon"

This image popped into my head, and it just wouldn’t leave my thoughts. Sometimes these kinds of things just have to exist in the world.

I painted the parts separately, then combined them in PhotoShop. The most time-consuming aspect of this piece was finding baby bodies for reference, cutting them apart and repositioning them, then putting it all together again with my own baby face. There was something macabre in cutting up baby pictures, but that kind of seemed appropriate too. I’ve been on a personal journey of taking myself apart and putting myself back together again lately.

It’s spring. It’s time to break out of my cocoon. It’s time to break out and do the things I need to do in the world.

I like my original thumbnail, so I included that too. I think it looks like a papoose hanging from a tree. According to Wikipedia, a papoose is from the Algonquian word for child. I like that. I’ve got a drop of Native American in me, and fell in love with an Algonquian boy when I was about 10. It all seems to fall in place today.

20 comments:

  1. The painting is wonderful and very well crafted. I think the concept is equally handled nicely. Great illo this week!

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  2. Brilliant piece! Absolutely perfect for the theme! I liked seeing your original thumbnail too!

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  3. Thanks everyone! Looking at the picture again I kind of wish I had an arm or leg poking out of the cocoon, but I guess I have to work a little more to get out of my shell :)

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  4. Oh Linda this is so cool and creative! Love it! Great take on the theme as well. It's spring YEAH!!! Love your attitude and artwork. You have a new follower.

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  5. Aw thanks! The more the merrier!

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  6. Good job Linda!! I really like this, and the words that go with it. I am glad you had an IF that "felt" right for you this week :)

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  7. Beautiful! I love the soft blue green color scheme.

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  8. I'm thinking of Thumbelina, the nasty mole and the beautiful bird....Pretty illo!

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  9. Oh this is magnificent. Beautiful work you do.

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  10. Just wanted to let you know that you can contract Linda on the WAWE blog and she will tell you what you need to do. Linda Kay is who you want. You can just click on her name on the side bar.
    Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    WAWE assistant Admin

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  11. Thanks, thanks, thanks! It's so wonderful to get positive feedback.

    Thanks Vanessa for the info. Not to confuse anyone, but I screwed up joining Watercolor Wednesday, and Vanessa was helping me get that straight. If anyone wants to contact me, use my email.

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  12. Hello Linda, other than your great concept, I do love the colors you've chosen for this piece! The soft shades really bring out the tenderness... :)

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  13. that's a very lovely illustration, linda!

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  14. Thanks Tony! I liked your cocoon too.

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