Friday, September 12, 2008

Illustration Friday: Island -

digital collage by Mick Mather
I had a lot of ways to go with Illustration Friday this week within the theme island. I don't mean to be brusque - since the real issue is me being dead-on-my-feet again - but have decided to go with this anatomical interpretation: A cluster of cells differing in structure or function from the cells constituting the surrounding tissue.

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Blogger Juan said...

Great piece Mick!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thanks so much.

9:21 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

That blue is beautiful.
The island itself looks like it's full of spiders.

12:27 AM  
Blogger Elegia said...

This is very.... Hmmm... interesting. I do see the island, but I see a lot more too!

I have something too:

4:27 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Yes, a spidery look is what I get from one of my favorite filters. Although, I rarely use those functions that reveal this much tendril. Anyway, it's very organic-looking and quite in tune with the anatomical meaning of island.

As I mention in the post itself and to Susu, above, it's anatomically based in presentation and conception. I loved that you had to ...Hmm... think about this one a little while. :D

I also enjoyed your piece, "Fruitful", very much.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

This is absolutely SUPER! I LOVE IT! Nice work!!!!!!! YAY!

9:42 AM  
Blogger hpy said...

It looks more like a huge hole to me!

(Where can I find your Trinity Series?)

9:59 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

mary stebbins taitt:
I'm delighted to hear such words of praise, Mary. Thanks so much! :)

LMAO @ huge hole!

As regards The Trinity Series, you can see some of them here. However, the majority only exist as digital studies waiting for proposals to be accepted or written. Basically, the pieces are comprised of three columns, graduated in height: 4' - 5' - 6' and they signify the family unit of father, mother and child. Different materials are being used but your fence posts rather called out to me as seeing one of the series done in wood that fit in with the landscape and fence as it currently exists in your lovely garden photograph.

12:16 PM  
Blogger deeol said...

I find this fascinating, both as a biologist and a... well, let's say an appreciative viewer since I can't exactly call myself an artist.

There's such beauty and mystery in anatomy, and I think this captures both.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

I am, to say the least, pleasantly nonplussed at your encouraging comments, dee. Do stop back ... I promise to have some Irish Whiskey on hand the next time that you do. :)

8:01 PM  
Blogger hpy said...

Ok, I see!

12:50 AM  
Blogger Mick said...


5:04 AM  

This is awesome - I love the atmosphere. I am amazed at your ability to shift between recognizable to completely abstrat and still convey the idea at hand (as she says with art-critic smugness)

2:23 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

the charm school dropout:
ROFLMAO @ she says with art-critic smugness. We have a local art critic who is the epitome of that smug, elitist attitude ... and I only bring it ("it" being the art critic) up in reference to a particularly mean-spirited review that upset one artist to the point that he stopped exhibiting work altogether. I told this poor fellow (even though the criticism wasn't directed at him personally) to remember that, at the end of the week, its reviews would always end up where they rightfully belong: at the bottom of a birdcage. Conceptual, installation art or just bird crap? On another note, Sarah, thanks (with a big ol' blush!) for this comment. :)

2:47 PM  

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