Saturday, June 18, 2011


This week's prompt at Illustration Friday is launch
"You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment."
 ~ Henry David Thoreau

I love those words "...find your eternity in each moment"
In this painting I really wanted to capture that feeling of eternity by physically isolating the moment.
Literally, launching the moment out to a place where nothing and no-one can break in.
I've used 2 of my favourite artists, Van Gogh and Monet to make sure that it is a completely dream like location, impossible to be real anywhere but in your mind.

Unfortunately, due to my poor photography, it is hard to see that the boats are made of silver leaf and the image is a little darker and very textured.

Hope you have a great weekend,

(acrylic, silver leaf and mixed media on canvas)


ArtSnark said...

wow- fantastic! Gorgeous color & great homage. I also find myself thinking of klimt, perhaps because of the woman & child

rachel awes said...

for me, this conjures up the story
of finding moses...
powerful & beautiful!

Claire said...

this is soooo gorgeous!! those blues *sigh*
the moments with your baby are truly eternal... and they're so fleeting... my babies are now 13 and 15....

naomi orana said...

Oops forgot to mention Gustav!

Thanks Rachel, Moses would make a great narrative !

Yikes Claire, amazing how we still 'feel' those moments though.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! You are SO CLEVER and I just LOVE this! And thank you for your lovely comment on my blog!

EMMA JONES said...

Beautiful, Naomi. Serene and dreamlike. Will you be selling this as a card and print also?

naomi orana said...

Thank you michele, it's wonderful that you've stopped by :-)

Thanks emma, no I don't think she'll work. Too much texture and I don't think the silver leaf comes through very well :-(

Abby said...

Beautiful illustration and such a fitting quote! The moments with babies are both eternal yet so short lived.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your encouraging comment!

Sissy Sparrows said...

very beautiful and captured the love between mother and child

roberto said...

excellent, Naomi!
I swear that before reading what you wrote I looked at your picture and thought of Monet's Water Lilies!!
wonderful image!

naomi orana said...

Thanks Abby, wonderful to have you stop by :-)

Thankyou lovely sparrow sisters!

Roberto - lol, what a compliment Thank you!!!

IwoX said...

Beautiful colours!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your lovely message. I love this painting it's so peaceful and you captured a now moment beautifully! One of those perfect dreams.


Susan Hill said...

beautiful! wow. Just found your site through another blog. Love your 'prompts'. 'find your eternity in each moment' this. you portrayed it perfect.