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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Simple - Illustration Friday

One of my favorite artistic styles is Americana Folk Art. The simplicity and unpretentious designs often add a sense of calm and nostalgia. Many times the clean lines and plain color have a naturalness that speaks volumes to your heart; and tell a different story each time you view the piece. This love of Americana Folk Art was my inspiration for this week's Illustration Friday topic, "Simple."


Blogger I SHOULD be Boss of the World said...


Beautiful! Folk art is simple, that's for sure. I enjoy your IF contributions. Each is of a different style. You never limit yourself to one thing.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:10:00 AM

Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

Very nicely done. I love the texture and the shading. It gives it that homey effect you were going for.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:15:00 AM

Blogger Queen Tut said...

Hello, i missed your illos for a couple of weeks. I lost yiur name in the hundreds of people that are joining illo friday. Love you cats illo!

Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:16:00 AM

Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

folk art has that exotic feel too. 8) nice concept for this week's simple topic.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 1:51:00 PM

Blogger carla said...

This is cool...I like the cracked surface beneath the image, as if it's been painted on an old board. very nice!

Sunday, February 12, 2006 6:53:00 PM

Blogger Anonymous said...

Love the texture of your piece!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:23:00 PM

Blogger Alina Chau said...

lovely!! nice texture!

Monday, February 13, 2006 1:17:00 AM

Blogger Twisselman said...

Yes, this really has the early Americana feel... colors, lines, and cool cracked texture. Wonderful.

Monday, February 13, 2006 8:05:00 AM

Blogger ValGalArt said...

this is simply beautiful and I love americana art too!!!

Monday, February 13, 2006 11:34:00 AM

Blogger Holly said...

I love folk art and this illo. It has a real beautiful charm to it. Thank you for your kind words. Cheers!

Monday, February 13, 2006 11:55:00 AM

Blogger aeioubooks said...

So much power in such a 'simple' design, isn't it? Love the textures. Really does have a nice folk art feel.

Monday, February 13, 2006 2:29:00 PM

Blogger steve said...

Yeah, I've always been a fan of folk and "outsider" art too. There's a fantastic museum in Baltimore called the American Museum of Visionary Art. It's definitely worth a trip. Great job here (as well as with the baby in "chair" below)!

Monday, February 13, 2006 5:20:00 PM

Blogger Duncan said...

Love that crackle effect - gives the whole illustration some depth.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 4:12:00 AM

Blogger Wee Cottage said...

It's simply simple and perfect. I too like folk art and outsider art. The crackle effect is an added bonus. Great job.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:19:00 AM

Blogger violetismycolor said...

I love the texture and the faded-look coloring...lovely.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 2:00:00 PM

Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

so..true,,greta way to get inspire....do you use any ckacked medium to make fissures?..Always love this type of termination..but.haven't find.. the right medium.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 4:32:00 PM

Blogger Frizz said...

I love folk art too. Nice and simple!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:30:00 PM

Blogger ragazzahelena said...

I would like to learn more about folk art and its kinda nice to see your illou.

Is interesting how each person got a different perspective of what "SIMPLE" is.

By the way i love your glamour illou.



Thursday, February 16, 2006 1:41:00 PM

Blogger lus said...

TXARTGAL:Thank you so much for your comment! i know i didn´t translate the history, i was a bit lazy...Most people that look at the blog speak in english, and i like a lot the communication between all of us, so i will be less lazy next time. Very!! sweet of you was to translate it. A big smile to you!

Thursday, February 16, 2006 3:47:00 PM

Blogger Rectite23 said...

Very nice!

Thursday, February 16, 2006 4:56:00 PM

Blogger Angela said...

I love folk art colors. Tis fits the 'simple' theme well.

I really like the cut paper simplicity of your 'chair' entry.

Thursday, February 16, 2006 10:00:00 PM

Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Thank you all for your kind compliments. American Folk Art and Americana are true passions of mine.

majeak ann...the "technique" I use is Photoshop. :) The entire design was done in Photoshop. The "crackle" finish was added by creating clouds, cystallizing the clouds, finding the edges, and then multiplying the layer. It is fun to play around with the filters to see what you can come up with.

Thanks again!

Sunday, February 19, 2006 4:27:00 PM


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