Loony Bin Art


Posted in Dark, Illustration Friday, Inspire Me Thursday by johanna on May 26, 2008

We’re all falling. This hand here is falling.
And look at the other one. It’s in them all.

And yet there is someone, whose hands,
infinitely calm, holding up all this falling.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Sour times.

For golliwog.
Things will get better.

llustration Friday – Sour
Inspire Me Thursday – Healing


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  1. golliwog said, on May 27, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    when it is all better, we’ll go get pizza :)

  2. *the storyteller said, on May 28, 2008 at 2:15 am

    oh my.



  3. Julia said, on May 28, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    O my this is so touching !! And so beautiful made !

  4. Robin said, on May 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    oohh, I love the image, and especially the quote. so existential.

  5. dot said, on May 29, 2008 at 1:16 am

    that is very expressive… i really love the emotion.


  6. gloomy coughs said, on June 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    wow……………the poem killed my imagination :)

    wow….I love the lines on her face, the shapes of agony …

  7. willie said, on June 2, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Wow, what a great message.

  8. josh pincus is crying said, on June 24, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    this is beautiful!

  9. willie said, on July 4, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Did I mention I love drawing tears…

  10. Ces said, on July 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Oh this is sad. But great illustration of tears.

  11. Paper Pictures said, on July 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    wow- really amazing picture! Great idea too.

  12. Digital Scott said, on July 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    A very strong image!

  13. valgalart said, on July 5, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    incredibly beautiful and deep!

  14. indigene said, on July 6, 2008 at 4:28 am

    A wonderfully different take on the illustration prompt. Beautifully melancholy.


  15. flying colors said, on July 7, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Very beautiful!

  16. Katherine said, on July 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Love this. Very dark. Like the shadows from the eyelashes.

  17. Pattie said, on July 11, 2008 at 2:45 am


  18. rowena said, on July 11, 2008 at 3:03 am

    beautiful. I like the limited palette and the lights and darks.

  19. Marion said, on July 11, 2008 at 7:09 am

    I love Rilke´s words, and I love your illustration! Great work!

  20. Connie said, on July 11, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Beautiful work with emotional impact. Sincerely, Connie

  21. Kimbo said, on July 11, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    This piece is beautiful and powerful. I know that feeling… how beautifully you have given it form.

  22. Laurel said, on July 12, 2008 at 3:53 am

    Very beautiful illustration and quote.

  23. Tammie said, on July 13, 2008 at 6:22 am

    I am infinitely touched by the richness, depth and beauty of your art!

  24. aino said, on July 13, 2008 at 11:27 am

    This is very touching work. Great.

  25. carla said, on July 14, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Very compelling!

  26. Megan said, on July 14, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    really well done….the close-in view magnifies the feeling.

  27. forever young said, on July 15, 2008 at 6:59 am

    wonderful stuff.
    here’s mine:

  28. jas faulkner said, on July 16, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Beautiful work! I love the way you have incorporated the text into the image. It’s very nice! Is it watercolor or ink?

  29. johanna said, on July 16, 2008 at 3:51 am

    thank you for your comments everybody! :-)

    @golliwog – pizza this week! ;-)
    @willie – yeah i’ve seen some of your illustrations with tears. love ‘em!
    @marion – i love rilke’s words too :-)
    @jes faulkner – it’s black acrylic paint with some washes :-)

  30. Linda - Nickers and Ink said, on July 16, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Striking and super.


  31. Gabrielle Madsen said, on July 17, 2008 at 7:00 am

    amazing eyes, you’ve truly captured the feeling!

  32. Barbara Hagerty said, on July 18, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I keep going back to look at that beautiful, tear stained face!

  33. johanna said, on July 26, 2008 at 3:16 am

    thanks linda, gabrielle and barbara! :-)

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