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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Illustration Friday: Backwards


Estelle no longer needed to continually glance over her shoulder, looking backwards into the past that she feared would catch and engulf her; she finally felt she could look forward as she strode through life...

Estelle, Original mixed media painting by Karen Smithey on 8"x10" gallery stretched canvas

9 comments:

Rui Sousa said...

nice work, great style you have! Keep on.
www.ruisousaartworks.blogspot.com

Kikipotamus said...

You capture the subtle nuances of affect and gesture and facial expression so well. I would love to have a children's book illustrated by you.

Maybelline Jones said...

I love how you add words to your paintings. Many times I see the painting in a whole new different way. I especially loved the story with this one.

Kelly J said...

I think kikipotamus has it right. We need to see a children's book or graphic novel from you!

Have you ever done several paintings with the same character and different scenes? Would be cool to see what you do ...

I love the personality on this one, and the background and color choices really capture the mood.

aeneadellaluna said...

Estelle is such a great character :) I like the background also :)

Lynn said...

My mother's name was Estelle. Your Estelle has a wonderful feeling to her. I love your backgrounds too!

BTW I have given you an award you can pick up at my blog.

TammyVitale said...

The stories makes the paintings even better...do they just come? I want to know!

Olivia said...

Karen,

I love this one! As always, the words and the picture is even better than the word plus the picture---SYNERGY!

I, too, could see you writing AND illustrating a book for children. Or for adults---kind of an inspirational book that would feature your collages with words and that would be read slowly and pondered. Like a collection of your work that is like this, but assembled in a way that makes sense or tells a story.

I think anything you do with the ladies would be wonderful!

xxoo,

O

Diane Duda said...

very nice, karen. i like it a lot!!!