Hi Shirley!!! This is quite a different piece to your usual work I think. The back ground is much more simple. I think this works great for the piece and gives the feeling of just how small she is and how big the woods are!!! I really like the softness of the back ground! :0) I'm off to think of what I'm going to do for this weeks piece!!
So nice of you to stop by, Nicola. Thanks for noticing! I have a wonderful new book that I've been just devouring, called "Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales - illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger. She is amazing. I couldn't find a great link to post, but if you google her name, a lot of her beautiful illustrations come up. This was a sort of "homage" to her work..(my attempt to work with space and backgrounds more). I had a great time with it..and I'm glad you mentioned the different "feel"! I will be by to see what you're up to...! : )
This is beautiful Shirley, I love the wash down the path. I finished the firefly piece, tentatively anyway, I hope you will check it out and see what you think about it now. Let me know if you think the boy on the left still interferes with the focal point. I would really appreciate it!
Wow! Amazing! So simple and so emotionally strong.I´ve checked the artist you´d mentioned - really great and inspiring.
Sweet. Named for the heroine of City of Lost Children?
This has a really cool, obscure atmosphere. I like the contrast between the subject and her surround ings. Perfect for wilderness!
Very intriguing Shirley, I love the feel of this piece. You've told quite a story in this painting, Miette is walking so purposefully down the path with her crown and invitation...is it to a tea party, a birthday party? I can't wait to find out! I only hope there isn't a nasty wolf or villian at the other end, these stories usually turn out like that, but at least the heroine emerges unscathed! Will definitely stay tuned! Also checked out the artist you are paying homage too, beautiful job!
Hey Shirley, Love the "unknown" aspect. The way you absracted the background into faded wilderness colors is so perfect. Simply wonderful!!
My favorite thing about his piece are the lines. They add a sense of movement--even of uncertainty, as our little heroine wanders into uncertain territory.
There's a sense of foreboding at the end... brave little girl with the curly hair!
Hi Shirley, I really like your illustrations. They are so soft and sweet in style. Every single one tells a story!Thanks for your comment :)
oh, my goddness, Shirley, this is wooooonderful! it really pulls me in!
Ooh...Nice! Really like that minimal wash background.
This is beautiful Shirley! Lisbeth Zwerger is one of my favourites too and I blogged just last week about a book of hers I have :) xx
it´s just wonderfl, Shirley!
i LOVE the simplicity of this painting!!!!!xox
I love this...I feel a little scared for her!
This is a beauitful dreamy piece I love the subtle colours
Gorgeous strokes and washes. Superb work!
This illustration is simply beautiful!! You have a created a fantastic atmosphere in the piece...and a brave little girl! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcoming me to illustration friday! glad to hear you're also a fan of ginger too! :)
you have a wonderful style, one I've been aspiring to do for some time now...beautiful and warm
Hi Shirley! I love the feel of this piece. It makes me want to know more. The soft style is just beautiful!
I love the perspective! It's a refreshing narrative piece, too!
Beautiful and full of mystery...
Such a beautiful and delicate, yet strong illustration, bold and brave'You have such a wonderful style, lovely to look through your blog. Thankyou for your lovely coments'
Beautiful! I love the background, it's so simple and elegant!
Your work is so delicate and beautiful. This illustration lets you do some imagining, I like that. Thank you for your lovely comment on my post.
What a super piece - simple and full of atmosphere - makes me want to follow her!
I just love your artwork Shirley, you do it with such flair and style...so lovely x
Ms. Shirley! Once again you have astonished us with your lovely watercolor. Miette is very brave indeed. I would love to see more of her adventures into the wilderness. What will she discover? Will it be friend or foe...?Brilliant!
Hi Shirley, I love the mysterious feel of this one!
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Lovely!! Beautiful whimsical mood!
hey shirley - thanks for all your comments, i really appreciate them! i love your entry, it's so sweet!
I like the atmosphere of this piece.
I agree with the above. The gestural strokes and simplicity adds a great deal emotionally to the image. It's great to see you expanding and experimenting this way. Inspirational!
lovely subtle gradients! and Miette is such a superb name :-)
really really nice colours shirley
I discovery your blog , it is very nice and your illustrations are very gorgeous ! ^_^
Hi Shirley!many beautiful Illustrations here!
Nice work. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
oh so wonderful!!! I love watercolours!!
no one knows what will happen to Miette, for now the path is open and bright, but it becomes dark in the distance ...great work, it is very effective!!!
Love everything about this - the way it was composed, the linework, the soft colors - NICE!
I love the atmospheric quality, and the colors!Beautiful!
Thanks so very much everyone for swinging by..it is a complete treat to hear all of your comments! It makes me want to do more and more of this style. I hope you won't be disappointed with my next post..(what Miette discovers)....just to let you know, I had been working on this last week for a few days, and it coincidentally managed to work for this week's IF...at least I stretched it to work. ; ) Many thanks everyone...hope you're all well and having time to create!
Suggestive atmosphere and words!What will happen to Miette? I love your stories and your watercolours :)SmiliesStefania
Lovely painting! Love the composition and the overall mood of the work.
awwww, totally adorable Shirley (as always).
utterly delightful! walking off into the unknown with such confidence... as only a child could...
I love this! It has a nice soft, flowing style.
Oh Shirley! i just wanna live in your world, please??? you are so special ;)
Fantastic! It has all the energy of wilderness adventure! I with her :)
Beautifully done - I love the softness of this one :)
Thanks for your comment! I love your IF, it's so simple and yet it says everything. I'm also glad I got to find your beautiful blog.
Dreamy! Love the delicate look of the trees and the perspective. It brings the focus to Miette so well!
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