Monday, 23 February 2009

Illustration Friday 'Instinct'




Our animal instincts are only just below the surface. What animal guides you?
These two paintings, just finished today, are the last ones for my exhibition. I couldn't resist returning to themes of transformation, and I'm pleased with these girls! Unfortunately, the scanner hasn't picked up the facial details very well - it's all a bit washed out. But I will get some better scans done so that I can make prints.
These, along with the other Fox and Crow paintings, and the Sky Pirates, will be on exhibition at The Courtyard Cafe, Chagford, from the first of March, and then offered for sale.

22 comments:

Kathleen Coy said...

Very nice, Danielle! Tiger guides me, so does hawk, with others coming and going as they see fit, lol. I've been feeling a lot of wolf energy around me these days...

DEB said...

These are beautiful additions to your exhibition!

Terra said...

Your art work really speaks to me, as I probably commented before.
My totem animal for years was the trickster and wise animals, the coyote. Now I have added the noble wolf. So I have two animals that represent me.
I will look around your website and see if you sell notecards.
Terra in California

Terra said...

Do you read Charles de Lint? Your animal / person paintings suit his vision very well.

Caroline said...

Oh, these are lovely, Danielle! I love the characters and the backgrounds are very mysterious! My favourite is the girl with Crow!

sarah said...

i can just say 'wow'

Terri said...

I'm just really enjoying your style and I love stopping by and seeing what you have done. I'm so glad I signed up to follow your blog.

Indigene said...

I love work like this that features animal and figure work combined. Great job!

Danielle Barlow said...

Thankyou everyone! I have always felt that crow was my totem.
Terra, I have read some Charles de Lint, though only after I sold a large painting last year of a crow woman, and the buyer said it reminded her of his characters, so I had to go and find it to read! I love his crow girls!

Jessie Lilac said...

I feel an affinity with this theme too. Most of my work at art school was about anthropomorphism - had the tutors baffled!x

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Wow, Danielle! Love the Raven guide, which is mine also at the present, before it was the Bear. With the beautiful works you have put out recently, you should have a great exhitition!

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow, your paintings are incredibly beautiful! You have a wonderful light tough and a flair for drama. So captivating! I love both of these women, as well as your fox and crow below. My guiding animal? Hmmmm. Now don't laugh. It would probably be the cow -- nonconfrontational and domesticated. But I'm not quite that gassy. :)

Thank you so much for your visit!

rachelhoward said...

Wow - what a cool idea! Love their expressions too. Brilliant!

Gwen Buchanan said...

I love the concept Danielle... so subtle yet so telling...

I wish you the very Best with your Exhibition...it is going to be amazing...

wish I could be there!!

Crayonmonster said...

Love these! Very beautiful!
-CM

merlinprincesse said...

More beautiful art! :)
Since I'm a gemini with a gemini ascendant, I have multiple personnalities...... And many totem-animals.... The crow is one of them! :) I should really draw all those animals in my totem.... I'm procrastinating a lot! Hhehehehehehee....
My instinct made me discover all of them.... and meditation... ;o)

Rowena said...

Beautiful. Love this imagery and well done, too. I might be biased, though. My "instinct" wears a wolf mask. Today, anyway.

Angie said...

I am such a big fan...you've become one of my favorites. Glad to have found your blog!

Coreopsis said...

These are absolutely lovely! Maybe the scanner didn't pick out the details so well, but still, the girls faces totally match the transformational animal...The red girl DOES look like a fox, and the dark girl DOES look like a raven (crow?). WOW!

Ingrid said...

Very, very lovely Danielle! I love following your work.
Beautiful! =0) Ingrid

Tammie Lee said...

These are both sooooo wonderful!I would love to see your exhibition~
Forgive me if this is what you are already doing, but it seems you could be in demand doing portraits of people with their personal animal totem. You are gifted.

adrienne trafford said...

i wish i could express myself better but i really run out of words looking at your work - so beautiful!!

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