Kirsten Bailey: Art

Illustration Friday – Brave

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Illustration Friday – I tend to wait until a topic really grabs me.

Last September I spent a lot of my holiday sitting outside in our patio, reading and drinking cups of tea.  It was so lovely and peaceful, that I often stopped reading and just sat and took in the scenery of my little garden.  In one of our trees, a baby bird was learning to fly.  It was amazing to just quietly sit and watch as he (or she?) spread his wings for the first time.

When I saw this week’s topic from Illustration Friday was “brave”, that little baby bird was the first thing I thought of, and was the inspiration for this painting:

I’ve posted a step-by-step about how I created this painting – check it out here.

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15 Responses to “Illustration Friday – Brave”

  1. ejorpin Says:

    Gorgeous! Love the background colours

  2. elizabeth Says:

    Beautiful in its subtlety.

  3. Helen Wheeler-Shaw Says:

    Oh .. I just love little bumbly baby birds trying to fly! I love your background color washes on this! Ooh and I really love your Queen Annes lace painting.. gorgeous!!

  4. Susan Faye Says:

    What a lovely sequence..and I like the story behind it!

  5. Justin Segal Says:

    what a lovely story and a great panel of paintings! You tell your tale beautifully — I especially love the sense of a whole day passing, with the warmer day tones in the middle. Awesome.

  6. Sharon Says:

    Your background washes are beautiful, and I love the silhouette in the foreground. Great depiction of “brave”!

  7. FHNavarro Says:

    Poetic panels!!


  8. shivvyLou Says:

    lovely story board, colours and idea, really nice 😉

  9. ifmorningsbeganatnoon Says:

    beautiful silhouette effect! love the colours.

  10. Nancy Lefko Says:

    So very lovely!

  11. Ren Says:

    Beautiful in every way!

  12. Leena Says:

    very beautiful…!

  13. 31everything Says:

    I love it! Awesome representation of the word BRAVE – too cute 🙂 Nice job.

  14. D. Lindsey Says:

    Very sweet illo and story!

  15. Tmartin Says:

    Lovely colors in those washes!