1/11/2009

January "Illuminations of Nature"



Here is my illustration for January, inspired by the soundless flight of a barn owl, clear and still moonlit nights, crystal snowflakes and snowdrops. I have used some of the illustrations in a little artist book entitled "Silent flight". It has been a joy to create several of these and experiment with variations for the cover design, each book will be slightly different. I have also used some of the elements in the design in my calendar.

16 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful, Acorn Moon. I love the atmosphere, the colours and the amazing detail too ... everything!

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  2. Fine artwork. I like the design. Are the books for future sale or just for fun?

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  3. Really lovely, warms even this cold night.

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  4. Just discovered your blog - what a delight! Your work is absolutely amazing, and this piece is exquisite - really captures the spirit of winter.....

    Off to add you to my blog roll now. :)

    ~ Carolee

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  5. Very beautiful design! You have captured the essence of winter.

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  6. It is beautiful, Valerie~ Our children took a peek and LOVE it, too!
    Reminds us of one of our favorite children's books "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen. You captured the visual sweetness the book writes of.

    You paint treasures!
    Michelle

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  7. This is so beautiful, the wonderful, vibrant colour with the cool, calm dinity of the Barn Owl and the wonderful hope of the snowdrops:)

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  8. Your January illuminations are full of grace, and carry a beautiful stillness, that one can find on a night under a glowing moon.

    The opening page of that book surely does make me want to see more ... what might be on the next page, and the page after that!

    Best wishes.

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  9. You have captured a lovely frosty moonlight feel. Just what we are experiencing at the moment with the full moon and a sky of sparkling stars.

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  10. This is one of my favourites!!! I love the owl, and the winter tree in the center. This time of year has such charms.

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  11. Valerie, this is so lovely. Captures the best of winter (my favorite season)... with its seasonal colors and welcome stillness. Just beautiful.

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  12. Beautiful as always Valerie! I just love your attention to detail. And I have to echo Pamela in saying I particularly love the owl, and the tree and moon in the centre. So lovely.

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  13. This is lovely! And the snowdrops add such a hopeful touch to the wintry elements! :-)
    On some rare nights we can hear an owl hoot outside our bedroom window.
    He's generally a very silent swooper!
    It's a treat when he speaks....
    Diane

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  14. Happy new year Valerie... lovely this is... and really interesting to see your illustrated books down the side of your blog too..
    I shall get to your clock one of these days :)
    Take care
    Rima x

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  15. I love this. The colours, the style - everything!

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