Friday, November 04, 2005


For Illustration Friday this week I was planning to try a completely different aproach/medium, but when the topic presented itself this morning ("night"), how could I change directions now? Next week.

This is different from previous drawings in this series as there are no natural elements (not counting the moon), so I found myself at a bit of a loss to create intricacies, textures and patterns. Oh well. Maybe a simple approach was best for this subject matter anyway. It was still fun and I've become a huge fan of Illustration Friday.


Blogger Holly said...

Simply wonderful. The candles are a nice touch.

4/11/05 7:11 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously like it.


4/11/05 9:25 p.m.  
Blogger Catnapping said...

this reminds me of embossed metal. i like these textures.

4/11/05 10:14 p.m.  
Blogger Anonymous said...

You are one of the artists this topic is suited! I feel like I am looking out my window with the yellow pleasure of candle light :)

4/11/05 11:08 p.m.  
Blogger cream said...

Yep, the moonglow on the water is Mmmmm!
I like the candles but is the one on the left one getting wind a different direction? Think about it!

5/11/05 1:10 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

This is gorgeous - you always have so much colour in these near monochrome ones - it is the textures that do it.

Your comment that its harder to do without natural elements makes me wonder... I'll ponder on this... seems to me to touch more than just picture making...

And I like your new fishbone icon!

5/11/05 2:26 a.m.  
Blogger Hank Nielsen said...

Your drawing has a very good feeling for the night. Well done. I also like the Picasso quote that you have on the top of your web page.

5/11/05 3:27 a.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

I love the whimsical look to your illustrations.
Not sure whimsical is the right word all I know is I love it.
The texture and color is great

5/11/05 4:42 a.m.  
Blogger Beth Lee said...

This is luscious. I love the texture and color. Maybe it's a predisposition now to see the natural in your drawings, but I still see that organic quality in the wood of the fence and house, the foreground, the background ...

5/11/05 4:57 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks everyone.

Cream: I did that for visual variety, but now that you mention it, it's kind of surreal, isn't it?

Beth Lee: at least the structure and fence are wood, so could return to their organic state one day.. :)

5/11/05 7:19 a.m.  
Blogger kg said...

this is wonderful - love the crosshatching and the detail of the candelabra... also, thanks for stopping by elegraph - i appreciate the kind comment!

regarding the 11/03 post, i can see why you won an award for your work! chin up - your work is fabulous.

5/11/05 9:26 a.m.  
Blogger The Tart said...

YOUR BEST work is haunting me like crazy....and this is one of the best.

Wow...this Cheap Tart is speechless...must run off and come back to post a remarkable remark!


The Tart

5/11/05 9:28 a.m.  
Anonymous a said...

I do love the textures and patterns you use throughout this piece. I especially like the waning moon and the picket fence. a good night, indeed!

5/11/05 10:53 a.m.  
Blogger carla said...

There is such romance in a house viewed from the outside at night, and this drawing captures that feeling very well. I love the line of light that moves down the middle to the candelabra, and the stairs that draw us up towards the door. It's like coming home! Beautiful, Andrea:> P>S. I like the new avatar!

5/11/05 3:26 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Really good! And not just because I always paint houses. I also love that you use the picasso quote...

5/11/05 7:17 p.m.  
Blogger melba said...

I really like the texture and feel of the picture. Everyone (including me) usually writes only positive, nice comments. I want to be honest, I don't love the candles. I would like the picture better without them.

5/11/05 7:35 p.m.  
Blogger JacqueLynn said...

I like the quirkiness of the shape of the house/windows. And the white of the windows helps pull my eyes into the house. Very clever and totally cool. Love it.

5/11/05 7:47 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Andrea your Zappa is adorable! We had a red tri Australian shepherd named Doc he was a darling. Funny that the Austrailian Shepherd is from Belgium. You are right in the pix Rat does look grizzled but in real life he is quite the looker! I love your Blog, I don't mean to butter you up but you are brilliant,charming and talented too.

5/11/05 10:48 p.m.  
Blogger vfm4 said...

it's still and always and again your own lovely style... a joy to watch, week after week...

thanks! :)

6/11/05 3:35 a.m.  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

I'm not sure why I haven't visited your site more often - I love your drawings.

Since you list a number of art blogs, I have one to recommend you

Vitriolica's webb's ite:

6/11/05 6:54 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks everyone. As for you Melba -- you're banned!! :) Seriously, though, I had some trouble with the candelabra and its integration into the house panel so good observation. (Val: took a look at Rat in bed. It made me laugh. He looks different there -- not grizzled at all -- and he is a very handsome boy. I think it was the way his eye was looking back in the top one.)

6/11/05 7:34 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your style and technique, I got here from Carla's link. Your other piece "Granville island pigeons" has inspired me. I have not worked in series since high school art class. & Of course I also miss visiting the veggie market at the island.. Excited to see what your different approach/medium will bring next week. So there is something for us to look forward to.

6/11/05 8:54 a.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

Another awesome work!! Love it!! Nice new profile icon too!! :)

6/11/05 10:37 a.m.  
Blogger cream said...

Andrea, I am no paiting expert as you may tell from my own stuff.
The candle is just something I noticed.
I really think your style is individual and very attractive!

6/11/05 10:42 a.m.  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Real nice! But i'm repeating myself. Real nice! LOL ;o) And my word verif was mewqk! MEWQUICK?

6/11/05 12:45 p.m.  
Blogger LDahl said...

I like the candles, they support the block element above and hold the piece together, and not without symbolic merit. The lights in the house are brighter than either the candles or the moon...
maybe implying the importance of who is actually in the house.
The candles pull the eye back and forth from across the gap from the viewer and the stairs on the house. You, the viewer, are the watcher, but the candle placement makes a gap for the stairs, a tacit invitation if only you can overcome the obstacles.
I really adore this picture, it quietly speaks volumes.

6/11/05 3:27 p.m.  
Blogger christina said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love when you do houses--they always look like the story houses of my imagination, with long steps and catty-corner angles. And the textures in the foreground with the candels--Andrea I just love your art!

6/11/05 6:26 p.m.  
Blogger The Tart said...

BACK for more viewing....great stuff...your candles inspired me!

6/11/05 8:04 p.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

Hi Andrea,
Another stunning addition to this series. For me, however, it's the unfinished quality at the top of this piece that befuddles me. As regards your own comment on the loss of creative intricacies? Goodness, girl! They're all over the place and wonderfully spare too! Just what this piece calls for. :)

7/11/05 5:42 a.m.  
Blogger diosaperdida said...

I fear I went a bit crazy on your Flickr art I have seen in ages!

7/11/05 7:09 a.m.  
Blogger kan said...

i want to live here....really...just wonderful...

7/11/05 6:38 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is beautiful.

8/11/05 7:10 a.m.  
Blogger Giles said...

A lovely piece! Love the subtle tones of grey.

8/11/05 7:59 a.m.  
Blogger Janet said...

I want to go inside!

8/11/05 7:41 p.m.  
Blogger Suzy said...

I am jealous that yours has so many comments and mine doesn't. This is nice. But what is the deal with the rectangle above the rest of the sky where the moon is? Other than that I think it's great and I like the candles. You can rip on mine too if you want. I need some feedback!

8/11/05 9:33 p.m.  
Blogger Kyra said...

This is so great! Something funny and romantic lurks in the darkness here...I dig it!

9/11/05 6:03 a.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

The dark intrigue of the night sky and the brightly lighted windows draw me in to this picture. I happen to love the candelabra. And the moon is absolutely wonderful.

9/11/05 6:19 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

The best thing about the comments part of blogging is getting all this great feedback. I learn more about my own artwork that way.

Mick and Suzy: The original drawing was divided into three panels, though the bottom two (house and candelabra) seem to have morphed into one. That combining action makes the third panel, a black night sky (I should've added some stars) look unfinished.

9/11/05 11:50 a.m.  
Blogger Aravis said...

I love the colors and textures of this one. The candelabra in the foreground is a nice touch.

9/11/05 11:47 p.m.  
Blogger coffee81 said...

Reminds me of having the candles lit when there's a blackout in my aprtment.

10/11/05 12:42 a.m.  

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