10/01/2008

October Illuminations of Nature

This illustration is my offering for the month of October, it is part of a series of work entitled "Illuminations of Nature". This piece was inspired by the poem "To Autumn" by John Keats. (You can click on the image to see more detail).

I chose to include a jay because I love their colours, in particular, the tiny blue, stripy wing feathers. When I was working on "The Acorn's Story" I found out that jays play an important part in the life cycle of an oak tree. The jay will store away acorns rather like a squirrel, in crevices and sometimes it will bury them beneath the earth, these sometimes germinate if conditions are favourable, providing of course that it doesn't decide to eat them first!

16 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful poem!

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  2. Lovely - I particularly like the toadstools :) Jays are such shy birds aren't they? We sometimes see them at Trentham when we do the lakeside walk - Paul has been able to photograph them at a distance but not very well - they are quick to fly away when they hear us coming along the path:)

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  3. Your illustration is magnificent. I was visiting your blog and loved your "October Illuminations of Nature." I will certainly visit again. Well done.
    Connie

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  4. That is so lovely and just reflects what is October.

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  5. That is such a beautiful painting and the detail is amazing. I love Fall and your painting and poem are such an inspiring tribute all that makes it special!

    Gillian

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  6. Very nice. I especially like the marquetry border!

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  7. Thank you one and all. I think this year October cannot make it's mind up which season it belongs to, so far we have had warm summer sunshine and a freezing hail storm.

    Willow, I had never thought about the marquetry border before but now I come to think about it...
    Hope you are recovered from the 23 cyber glasses of champagne!

    Rosie, yes they are very shy, maybe that is why they are not as well known as our other birds?

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  8. This is exquisite. I am a jig-saw fan and I would love to be able to buy this as a jig saw. Putting such a work together in a thousand pieces really makes you get to know a work intimately. I used to have a jig saw of Richard Dadd's "Fairy Fellers Master Stroke" - fiendish to do but I really got to know every inch of that painting.

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  9. Lovely work Valerie! It's just perfect! Happy October to you!

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  10. My visit is in response of yours to my blog. Not having found yours until now, I seewhat I have been missing. This is a magnificent illustration - actually, I think it is more than an ilustration. The blog as a whole is equally impressive. I am full of admiration.

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  11. OOo...such a lot off beautiful things,going to take my time and enjoy this trip to your ever so lovely blog.....

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  12. This is just beautiful Valerie. I think my favourite so far of everything I've seen of your work. Yes, the toadstools in particular.
    And the jay... puts me in mind of my Jay who is flown afar once again.
    Thank you!

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  13. Valerie...you have excelled yourself, the colour pallette here is exquisite, how brave of you to stay away from red. The attention to detail is breathtaking, I would love to stand under those toadstools in an English summer rain! Beautiful as always...your friend in admiration, Patricia

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  14. I was looking up jays the other day, apparently not only do they seed acorns, but in one lifetime one bird can start a phenonemal amount of trees, I forget how many, but it was thousands!
    And what a beautiful artwork, I did enjoy identifying everything.

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  15. this is gorgeous, wonderful colours.

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