Forgive me, my schedule is so hectic and off the charts this week so I borrowed an image of mine from my website: https://indigeneart.com. It is the image of a contemplative woman sitting in the waters off an island, the original piece is entitled, “Solitude.”
There is an expression (I can’t remember who said it) that goes something like, “no man is an island.” It is the phrase that comes to mind when I saw the IF prompt for this week.
I differ with that expression because I think that every one exist in and on their own personal island. It is the water (emotions, and or physical plane) surrounding our personal islands that connect us all.
So today, whether you are your own island, connected to others through play, work, family, or an island within an island, find your paradise this week, either on a physical plane or your personal spiritual journey. Until next week, Peace and Blessings to all the islands in the universe and those whom people them.
Beautiful, evocative work!
linda sarah said
This is so beautiful – and this woman is like a wonderful island herself. Lovely and dreamy illustration:-) And I loved reading your words and thoughts too.
Very nice illo and post, and I do agree, every man is an island to a certain extent…but it is nice to have bridges connecting to other islands around us, eh??
joseph's art and stuff said
I like this one a lot.
I love the way she’s sitting in the water.
Diana Evans said
wonderful work and great read….
I try to find my paradise each day…thanks for the reminder…
How right and in tune you are! I love what you have to say and your painting captures a primitive island flavour 🙂
Love your work. Great as always 🙂
Vanessa Brantley Newton said
she is just beautiful sitting there in the water. I love it! She is just a wonderful little island there in the water. I love the whole concept here. Great work!!!!
Good take of the topic! Nice ilo
I agree. “No man is an island” sounds a little too collectivist, or something.
I love the contemplative nature of your works. Very fitting for this week’s theme as people in the hurricane need to be connected to others and not be islands unto themselves.
NANCY LEFKO said
lovely post and illustration 🙂
solitude or island, both work for me…good stuff.
Very beautiful. Love the black and white image along with the watercolor scenery.
Oh yes! I love what you wrote about our personal islands and the way we are connected. It really rang true to me and the image is gorgeous, really powerful and expressive. Thanks for sharing.
Honor Bowden said
Lovely thoughts… thanks for sharing!
Bobo's Slave said
I like your illos and the stories behind them, nice works!
i love the expression on her face and the way she’s lightly touching her feet. wonderful work!
aww what a beautiful painting! this is reminiscent of the times i was in snake island, palawan with my love..
kathy hare said
a beautiful illustration..
abajur (serena) said
when first I opened your page I thought that island was the illu with the great bear on the top of the homepage, and I loved it and the idea. than by scrolling down I have seen the “solitude” illu.
As well appropriate and beautiful
It works perfectly for the subject Indigene. Very nicely done!
Flying Colors said
Absolutely wonderful piece. One of my favorites, exceptional!
Also loved what you wrote on this post. Thanks for showing it 🙂
The saying goes like this:
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” John Donne
Best to you 🙂
i like this very much; like that she is black and white surrounded by color which really makes this entire image work
Nancy Bea Miller said
This is truly lovely! I think the line you are thinking of comes from this famous poem by John Donne:
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
from Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
lovely sentiments… and really nice piece!
I like your drawings. The polar bear, though really stuns me! Nice image! I hope we can save polar bear habitat. It will take a huge shift in political will.
i love her expression.. she looks like she has found her peacefull “happy place”…
i do that a lot! although, not naked, LOL. i think it’s great! oh and sorry about your ‘willies’ my little rats has caused on you! ^_^
Alina Chau said
This is such a lovely post! I feel that my picture has a similar meaning to yours too. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment 🙂
what a beautiful illustration! i like what you said: So today, whether you are your own island, connected to others through play, work, family, or an island within an island, find your paradise this week, either on a physical plane or your personal spiritual journey. Until next week, Peace and Blessings to all the islands in the universe and those whom people them.—-THANKS AND I SAY THE SAME THING TO YOU. HAVE A NICE WEEK.
Forrest Illustrations said
You have a really neat blog. I enjoyed reading and looking at your images. Nice work.
This woman is like an island herself.
I was thinking about that quote this week, then it also brought to mind Nietsche (I can only paraphrase, not quote) – each of us is on our own island – we spend our lives trying to persuade others to join us in our beliefs and thus on our islands.
What a beautiful illustration and thought — she fits so well with what you said. I love the colors, the peaceful, contemplative expression, her hands on her feet… it is quite lovely!
Reading your post reminded me of that Simon and Garfunkle song, …i am a rock, i am an island… Sorry to rehash whate every one else has already said but nice post. Thanks for your comment too.
the image evokes a very calm and meditative feeling, very nice. And I agree – I’ve never quite understood the No man is an island idea, I think it is vey difficult to make connections and they can easily over time be washed away again if we don’t work to maintain them
Peter Breese said
This piece is wonderful, I like that her feet are in what appears to be cool and calming waters – seems to fit your writing for this post.
Diana Evans said
I have a sweet award waiting for you on my blog!
hehe! you are right! great minds think alike 🙂
I do love your illustration and your thoughts as well. Blessings to you.
Tiddly Inks said
So this is a one-woman island!!! 😀
She does indeed seem to be enjoying the solitude.
Perfect for topic and beautiful!!
Bella Sinclair said
Lovely, lovely. And it does exude this sense of tranquility. I like how her toes peek up from the water, and the beautiful reflection under them. Thank you for your thought-provoking words.
Andrew Thornton said
You’ve created a lovely, introspective work.
Keep up the good work!
Thoughtful take on the theme 🙂
I LOVE your art work and explanations. It’s almost like experiencing your paintings from the inside out. When I saw this piece by you, it reminded me of another blog post I had seen. Check out: http://gaiantarot.typepad.com/artists_journal/2008/09/embodying-the-ace-of-cups.html
I looked up the Ace of Cups and it talks about blessings, abundance, and creative inspirations. I think your work embodies all of these. Thanks for sharing your pieces weekly.
ohh hi me again.. hehe.. can’t wait for your next illo..
but i have to say that your artworks have truly won my heart.. and for that an award is waiting for you at my blog..
i love your art blog award
Like this one a lot!