Illustrate

Interesting phenomena occur when two or more rhythmic patterns are combined, and these phenomena illustrate very aptly the enrichment of information that occurs when one description is combined with another.

Gregory Bateson

We’ve spent the spring inside, unable to visit parks, beaches, wide open spaces.. This sudden onset of an unwelcome new-normal pushed me to reevaluate favorite views through a changed perspective, searching for new techniques to create images more appropriate to where we find ourselves. An artistic shift to renew, reuse and recycle as I view our natural surroundings through the surreal framing of present time and social distance instead of the past-normal habits of easy travel and casual conversations.

Representations of natural elements and the dynamics of family connections have shifted to focus on color and emotion instead of traditional photo realism. An opportunity to capture singular feelings of mystery, nature, freshness and color. We’re staying home together yet looking out to a new, changed future.

Filled with contradictions I have pages of ideas and images to share but these budding stories conflict with an equally sharp need for privacy. For safety in the quiet solitude of home, my carefully controlled space. I want to go exploring, leave the boundaries of my yard, but I also want to stay inside just a little longer. The desire to re-engage in public life warring with the desire for privacy. It’s hard to find a middle ground when everything shifts by the hour.

As I work through my own conflicting thoughts I’m spending time immersed in two different creative styles and techniques expressing different emotions. Green, lyrical and peaceful balanced with red, bold and loud. Moods and emotions complementing this time of intense change and growth.

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21 thoughts on “Illustrate

    1. Thanks so much D’Arcy! The last tree image began as a photograph I took during a hike by the Nooksack River a few summers ago. πŸ™‚

  1. Wow! Such wonderful pictures Lisa! I am so happy to see your work again! Sending virtual hugs to you!

  2. I understand the dual feelings of wanting to get out and wanting to stay in. πŸ™‚ There are certainly good things to be gained by staying in more (and think of the money being saved). Are these edited from photos or paintings you did? Either way, they’re just excellent and so peaceful.

    janet

    1. Hi Janet, I agree it is certainly less expensive to stay in. πŸ˜‰ Yes, these are edited from photos I took, the process and practice of a new method has been a relaxing one for me. If you’re interested in the apps I used let me know and I’ll share here.

      1. All images were edited on my iPad – I used Prisma for the beach scenes and Clip2Comic for the forest ones. Have fun!

    1. Hi M-R! I used two different apps to edit these: Prisma and Clip2Comic. I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting. 😊

      1. Impressive fun, m’dear: I can see all books’ illustrations being done this way – so much more eye-catching than photos !

  3. I so hear you on emerging creativity, and managing the conflict between wanting to share your many budding stories with a sharp need for privacy. It took me some time to share my latest story and I am so glad that I didn’t rush it. I am writing more now with the knowledge that I may never share my stories beyond my own eyes, publishing them more widely only when the time feels right. Love what you’ve done with your images here.

    1. Thank you, Lisa. It’s really nice to hear from kindred spirits and I appreciate your kind words regarding my images in this post. They’re a departure but I like the change.

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