15 April 2009

Illustration Friday - Fleeting


This week's IF theme is 'fleeting'. I've posted a page from my sketchbook with a couple of illustrations of dragonflies. I'm a big fan of these creatures - so beautiful, but for such a fleeting time. Their adult life lasts around two months only.



Now, here's one that's lasted a while longer! This is a favourite dragonfly image of mine. A fabulous art nouveau, plique a jour brooch created for the actress Sarah Bernhardt by Renee Lalique. Lalique designed many pieces for her during the period 1891-94 .


Finally, here's a photo of a fabulous Hibiscus flower in my garden. This dramatic bloom is also very fleeting - it lasts only 24 hours!

25 comments:

  1. love your sketchbook images, beautiful flower, ashame it's beauty doesn't last longer.

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  2. Lovely sketches!
    We had so many dragonflies here in the Fens last year...just beautiful!

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  3. Oh, beautiful! I love dragonflies, too, and your sketches are pure magic. I love the splashes of color. And that PIN! Wow, that's a fantastic image.

    Beautiful hibiscus, as well. Too bad they're short lived, but it's nice that there are often a lot of them. :)

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  4. Hi Caroline!
    Your sketch is amazing, love this dragonflies and the colours you have choosen!!

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  5. I'm a fan and a follower as well love your work

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  6. these are nice sketches and photos.

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  7. Those dragonflies are gorgeous!

    What did you use for the color in the background? For the dragonflies and the lotus pod?

    I really really like these!

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  8. Lovely dragonfly artwork Caroline and I love the art nouveau period jewellery too. I think your drawing of the talisman is extremely good. So lifelike it could almost be silver.

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  9. Your sketches are so beautiful, Caroline! And I am in LOVE with that dragonfly brooch!

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  10. awesome post! love your dragonflies, i just spotted one yesterday!!! Love Lalique's dragonfly brooch and loving the hibiscus too :)

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  11. Welcome to Malaysia Caroline!
    Beautiful illustration and I especially love greens and blossoms.
    I also love all your previous posts.

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  12. Gorgeous!
    What fun to get a peek into that sketch book of yours!

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  13. So soft and sweet and delicate sketches!
    But I didn't know Hibiscus only last 24h!! oh! really fleeting!

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  14. Your work is just lovely! So well done! And thank you too for sharing the pin, WOW!!! What a magnificent piece (LOVE art deco jewelry).

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  15. Hello Caroline, I love your sketches. Wow I just learned something new. I love dragonflies, I use to catch them when I was a child. We had swarms of them in th tropics. The hibiscus photo if beautifu. I love hisbiscus and mine finally bloomed after so many years of going on strike. I wish I had that pin.

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  16. I so agree with you on gardening taking so much time. I always wanted to be wealthy so I can hire a gardener. I have a small garden and it suffers from neglect. We hire a lawn guy but I tell you when a flower blooms, my heart leaps. Good for your daughter - she will be happier with each bloom and produce.

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  17. Dragonflies are such magical creatures...I love the feeling of spontaneity in the two studies--very much in keeping with the theme.

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  18. C,These are all is beautiful! But my favorite are your sketches...great color, shape, and composition...just perfect!:)

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  19. Caroline I can't remember if I told you I received my card. I love it.

    The butterflie is right behind me at this very minute.

    Gorgeous. xoxoxo

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  20. I, too, am infatuated by dragonflies..so delicate yet independent...Lovely art and photographs...:)

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  21. I really appreciate everyone's comments! Thank you all!

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  22. Hi Caroline, I love love love your dragon flies! They are beautiful! have a great day xoxo Lisa

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  23. Caroline, oh my. I love the dragonflies. I envy your confidence at coloring a very beautiful drawing. Wish I had the courage.

    And I didn't know hibiscus blooms for only 24 hrs.:)

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  24. Can I say AGAIN how much I love these?!?

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