Saturday, August 19, 2006



IF-match
Sometimes electricity-offs bring us close back together, isn't? no TVs, no PCs, just us and family..
I remember those times. :-)

the girl lit a match while her little sister watching eagerly.

hope you like it! critiques are welcome.

33 comments:

Ian Sands said...

I'm big into the no tv thing. I just hope that kid doesn't burn his fingers. maybe I'm too overprotective :)

Great illustration! I really like your style.

ian

harmoniousjosh said...

But without electricity, I can't see your lovely illustration from halfway across the world...

scott e said...

On stormy nights when the power goes out. My children love to light candles and sit around the kitchen table and talk. It is always a good time we all need the light and we all need wach other.

Eugenia said...

Yes, I know the feeling! And all the stars in the sky just light up!

I think you're very talented - no need to wait 10 years to start living your dream. Do it now - and then do it again in ten years :)

carra said...

My "paradise on earth" is my father's childhood home. There's no electricity & no modern comforts - but the silence, beatuy and safety of the place is invaluable! Your painting reminded me of the love I feel for that place...

Liz Jones said...

Lovely! I agree completely!

Tiger Mouse said...

Delightful! This reminds me of blackouts when my sister and I were little - we LOVED lighting candles and sitting around the kitchen table. Sometimes it's good to be without modern distractions.

I really like the way you've captured the glow of the candle on the girls' faces.

I agree with Eugenia Lucia - I don't see why you can't try illustrating parables now!

Linda said...

your soft kinda wispy lines realy work well to create the mood.
dito, to what eugenia said follow your dream!

Alina Chau said...

Warmth and charming!!

CAS said...

I'm into no TV, too - haven't owned one for 23 years!

Love your use of light in this painting, engima!

the enigma said...

wow, thanks everyone! even my own family never give me such nice compliments. (i don't even think they know i can draw too, haha)
euginia: maybe because i want it to be tapestry-like, grand and noble, something that i won't be afraid to hang on my wall...:-)
again, thanks everyone, you don't know how is it feel to have real illustrators giving you encouraging compliments, to me, a layman in the field. *hugs*

Toni said...

you have a lovely charm about your illustrations.
Love how the glow of the candle light reflecs on their faces.

the heartful blogger said...

so warming! I totally agree.

Ginger*:)* said...

Where we live, in the winter, we don't have to imagine much/ the memory becomes reality quite often.
This is a beautiful illustration with a warm feeling.

Diane Duda said...

very nice. what a warm glow!

Kathy Weller said...

love your soft and loose style! beautiful work!!

dex mission said...

really nice :) great idea using light source for IF.

i cant believe you already have your IF illustration up. makes me feel real slow lol.
gotta get back to drawing....

thanks for the comment!

Michael O'Connell said...

you are so right… it is amazing how much we use electicity to isolate ourselves and yet we still yearn to make contact with others… the power was out for almost an entire day over the entire city a few years back and it was amazing how many new friends were made and how many people actually went outside and spoke to their neighbors… many for the first time…

thank you for making me think about this again… and thank you for sharing your beautiful work…

constance said...

This is indeed a very heart warming illo and story....I love the illumination from the candle...the happy smiles....I love this very much....

Sweet Pea said...

Beautiful watercolour - I love the glowiness :)

Naru said...

very warm illo. I like it.

Gabrielle said...

Once the power went off just before I was about to cook dinner. So we had peanut butter sandwiches, carrot sticks and milk in the dark while making shadow shapes on the wall with our flashlights. The kids ate a lot more than usual.

This is a lovely little scene. The colours are beautiful!

the enigma said...

thanks everyone for your nice comments! my works are not sophisticated so i try to make the most of it. hope you all have a happy and loving family. *hugshugs*

Ray Frenden said...

The illustration is very lovely. I know you requested critique, but the only thing I can manage to say is that placing the lamp and candle in the center of the piece creates two even planes. This can be a little visually boring, but you've got some variation between the tall and short figure, so I think it still works.

I really like all your work. Your colors, in particular, are tops.

the enigma said...

ray:
haha..i don't know anything about composition...lol. did it all follow own feeling..haha. thanks for the critique, really need it!

flossy-p said...

So sweet. Great sense of warmth.

HARDWAX said...

I agree, the modern conveniences takes up much precious time. I like your work-beautiful, love the idea as well!

troglodyte mignon said...

great concept!! very warm and family-friendly, very wholesome for once!

Salix Tree said...

That's beautiful! Such happy colors..
I too remember with much fondness days when the electricity went out, we all had to make our own fun, and had tuna and raw carrot sandwiches for dinner.
Thanks for sparking the memories!

himavant said...

hi ella, makasih udah mampir. ada juga ternyata orang indonesia diantara peserta IF.

gambar IF "match" ella bagus. yang lain juga. punya style.

ella ikutan inspiremethursday juga deh. challenge yang minggu ini cocok untuk ella.

okay, good luck!

btw, aku main panggil ella aja..

Halloweenville said...

i love your style very much...the colors are amazign and i love the loose lines..beautiful work.

Martin said...

Critique? Yeah right! ;-)
Very very well done!

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

You have a great sense of feel in all your work. The colours, the tone and more. Atmospheric too.