Saturday, February 17, 2007

Gravity - Illustration Friday



This is the first time I've made something for Illustration Friday . This week's theme was Gravity, and the above painting is in watercolor on 8" x 11" watercolor paper. It is available for purchase in my Etsy store.
Since I was a child I've dreamed of flying and levitation. Most of the time I begin standing on firm ground, feeling the weight of gravity and my body. Then I remember my little trick. I push down with all of my energy and that pushing down lifts me up. The attention to this downward push is like rocket fuel propelling me upwards. If I get scared or panic, gravity sets in immediately and there is a rush back down (if I can catch it in time, I can refocus and lift up again, if not, I'll switch to a new scene rather than being taken through the experience of actually hitting the earth).

I wanted to capture that feeling of moving in both directions - the force of gravity, and the energy of gravity's opposite.

7 comments:

matt said...

absolutely love it. great concept, beautifully done. one of the few that is truly fine art.

matt said...

added your blog to my favorites.

Angela said...

Wonderful job Jess! You have captured the feeling of gravity very well. :) Thanks for sharing all of that with us. :) *Hugs* :)

steve said...

Welcome!! This is awesome Jess. Hope to see more submissions from you soon.

carla said...

I had much the same kinds of dreams when I was a child...they were exhilarating! I love this painting...the blue ellipses are like rising bubbles of energy against the more solid background. Your work is really wonderful... I've been by to look severl times, and i really like your style!

Cynthia said...

I think you really captured the feeling of flight and gravity. I haven't had a flying dream in a long time.

Nan said...

Hi Jessica, I, too have those flying dreams...aren't they liberating!
This is nice --keep up the wonderful work!