Illustration Friday: “strong”

bird versus wind

This is a watercolor I whipped up today. It is my Illustration Friday submission under the theme “Strong”. The bird clings to the branch resisting the prevailing autumn breeze. The leaves are going, but he’s not ready. It is measure 5″x7″ (13cm x 18cm). SOLD.

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David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://plasticpumpkin.wordpress.com Ren

    Very well executed. Kinda matches my theme–resilient on the outside, but strong at the core. The bendable tree survives the storm, and the bird that can weather it stays strong.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    thanks ren.

  • http://happysketcher.blogspot.com Kate

    pretty!

  • http://valerielorimer.com valerie lorimer

    I like this a lot! I love the kind of barren landscape and strong colors.

  • http://www.celticcaston.com Kelly

    Love it! You actually getting me accustomed to those birds too…

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    thanks kell.

  • tc

    Love it; you have a way of capturing strong emotions

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    thanks so much tc. that means a lot. and i get that a lot!! 😉

  • http://willhumes.net Will Humes

    David,

    Are you interested in painting something similar to this for me. I love this painting and was sad to see that it was already sold by the time I read about it in my feed reader. : ( You can email me directly at whumes at gmail.com, if you would like.

  • Tiggy

    Very evocative. I hope we can all weather the Autumn winds. That would make a nice cover illustration for a book of poetry.

  • TC

    David, thinking that this ‘strong’ pic might/should turn into a series of 3 strong themed paintings. It might take awhile (can’t force inspiration), and since the first one is sol, put me down for the first copy of the limited editions :)

  • http://woodchipsstonestatues.blogspot.com/ Mich

    Wow, again!

  • Tiggy

    If you know the person you’re selling a painting to, then you could add on a dedication to them afterwards, just in the corner. That would be a nice gesture and additional selling point. I suppose you could do it even if you don’t know them. If I bought a painting from you, I’d like it to have a little dedication on it, the way I have on some cd sleeves from singers I know or books by people I know. Inartistic friends have to buy me bracelets. :-)

  • http://kristynalitten.blogspot.com/ kristyna

    such a lovely illustration, really caught my eye

  • http://citrustreedesigns.blogspot.com/2009/05/tutorial-type-on-path-to-follow-shape.html Citrus Tree Designs

    I think this is my favorite this week…super work, great composition…thanks.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    wow. nice compliment. thanks! citrus tree designs.

  • http://www.lovefiercely.blogspot.com Cathryn Thomas

    Like that one a lot dude, swaaaaaaaaaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. you putting it up for sale?
    blessing and shalom –
    all the way from the Nation/ – ohhh ummm did i say that…….. well………
    Austin Texas that is.
    xo cathryn

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    when i posted it i said it was for sale in my etsy shop (haywardart.etsy.com). it sold in a few minutes. thanks for the compliments.

  • http://www.lovefiercely.blogspot.com Cathryn Thomas

    sorry, didn’t read it all the way ……… OY……………. ok will stick your etsy. shop on my memo!
    Nicely done!
    shalom,
    cathryn

  • http://www.sonofincog.blogspot.com/ Son Of Incogneato

    Excellent!
    This painting has an almost oriental feel to it (at least to these eyes).
    Nice color, comp, balance and tone; bull’s-eye on this one.

    Cheers!
    Son