Friday, May 05, 2006

Illustration Friday: FAT

Watercolor on paper.

Fat Tree: BAOBAB

Baobab tree means " thousand year old tree ". Its growth is, virtually unlimited. Its height does not exceed 10 metres, but its trunk can reach up to 23 metres of circumference. Its roots are tiny and its wood is tender.
The baobab tree is found in areas of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and other tropical African countries where suitable habitat occurs.

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63 Lovely Comments:

Blogger garth bruner said...

That is a beautiful illustration. I would love to see one of those trees in real life. Great watercolors!

5/05/2006 12:38 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Love the tree and the color is soo pretty!

5/05/2006 12:45 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

BEAUTIFUL! Great color and a really nice take on the theme:)

5/05/2006 12:45 PM  
Blogger albina said...

Love it! I think they are pretty amazing trees. Great illo.

5/05/2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger Chickengirl said...

gorgeous unusual tree. love it!

5/05/2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger Maitokivi said...

Brilliant colours! Lovely painting!

5/05/2006 1:14 PM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Oh, Like the BaoBab in the little Prince... I just re-read the book, and this tree beautifully illustrates the BaoBab

5/05/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger chillies and chocolate said...

I like this very much.

5/05/2006 2:10 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Cool--Never seen a baobab, but remember it from St. Exupery's Little Prince!!

Nice illo! Mary :-)

5/05/2006 2:17 PM  
Blogger Twovee said...

Great Illo!!!
Love the originall way to see fatness

5/05/2006 2:27 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

This one proves that posting a thumb will get hits. I loved it even at 50 pixels! :)

5/05/2006 2:45 PM  
Blogger JO said...

What a great tree, your illustration is beautifully done.

5/05/2006 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

Always enjoy looking at your illustrations. This is a great one!

5/05/2006 3:20 PM  
Blogger sugar mama said...

beautiful illo, *and* I learned something! The colours are great. Love how the bird looks like he's waiting to see just how FAT this tree will get.

5/05/2006 3:48 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Great idea...I love this! I have actually been mulling over the possibility of illustrating some kind of "fat plant" (which is what cactus & succulent fans call those with swollen stems or trunks.) Such plants, also called caudiform, are some of my favorites, and I have a few in my collection. (No baobabs, though!)
Fat is beautiful when you're a plant!

5/05/2006 4:42 PM  
Blogger TravelingMermaid said...

This illo is amazing! Don't ask me why but it makes me think of a couple of the Beatles songs from the psychadelic era: Lucy in the Sky, I Am the Walrus, Strawberry Fields.......

5/05/2006 5:36 PM  
Blogger shoofly said...

lovely work as always!

5/05/2006 5:37 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Love the colors!! beautiful fat tree. it's so full of life.

5/05/2006 6:25 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

This is so beautiful Gennine! It is filled with mysterious beauty!!!

5/05/2006 6:52 PM  
Blogger Lady Guedes said...

So lovely!
I would like to have one of those trees in my garden.

5/05/2006 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Jeannine said...

Wonderful! I love the vivid color and the whimsical nature of the illustration!

5/05/2006 8:40 PM  
Blogger justjohanna said...

so vibrant! it's just beautiful!

5/05/2006 8:58 PM  
Blogger Marie-Dom said...

Beautiful work as ever. I love your vivid jewel-like colours.

5/06/2006 1:50 AM  
Blogger donna said...

really nice love the intense colors.

5/06/2006 5:21 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

What a great idea! Excellent perspective and I love the way you drew the branches. Of course the birdie is adorable too.

5/06/2006 7:54 AM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Hi again, I just really love this painting, do you have any prints for sale? I have an email link on my profile page...

5/06/2006 8:26 AM  
Blogger J. E. Morris said...

Neat tree. I also like your multi-lingual fishies.

5/06/2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger buep said...

Very original!

5/06/2006 10:15 AM  
Blogger zordis said...

This is very beautiful and lovely strokes of pincel!

5/06/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Oh my gosh Geninne!! THIS is fantastic. Amazing fat tree and little bird in the luminous moonlight! LOVE IT!

5/06/2006 6:07 PM  
Blogger curiouskitty said...

this is a charming piece of work! :-) baobabs are kewl!

5/06/2006 6:54 PM  
Blogger Felicity said...

I love your illos and I'm going to be a nerd now because I love baobabs too! There are more species in Madagascar than there are in Africa (only one in Africa I think) Lots of really unique things there to inspire you!

5/07/2006 7:28 AM  
Blogger brandelion said...

wow, beautiful colors - i love how crisp it looks!

5/07/2006 8:34 AM  
Blogger Velvet said...

Muy bellas ilustraciones. Me encanta tu trabajo en acuarela. Gracias por darme la bienvenida a IF.

5/07/2006 2:43 PM  
Blogger lil kim said...

Great take on the theme and gorgeous illo! Boabs are also found in northern australia and I was lucky enough to see some a few years ago. I always thought it looked like they had bad circulation ;-)

5/07/2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

WOW! That's one fat tree! GREAT colors, and great idea for this week's theme! Pefect!

5/07/2006 6:34 PM  
Blogger Judy Scott said...

Beautiful tree and lil bird love the colours xx

5/08/2006 3:17 AM  
Blogger Isa said...

preciosisimo dibujo. Me encantan los baobas, son unos árboles muy originales. Abrazote.

5/08/2006 5:31 AM  
Blogger L. A. Stern said...

Geninne you are quickly becoming one of my FAVORITE illustrators on IF!!! I just love the richness of your work. Always inspired by you! I've even started doing watercolor -- a medium I've always found challenging. And you make it look so easy!!!!

5/08/2006 7:45 AM  
Blogger Majeak Ann said...

genial Geninne! que bella pieza, me encantó sobretodo el cielo nocturno azul..le da una atmósfera como de "halloween"..sí!


5/08/2006 6:54 PM  
Anonymous Kaya said...

Very cool image, geat colour and style! This is perfect for "fat". I love it.

5/09/2006 11:07 AM  
Blogger wynlen said...

This is great and colorful as always. I also love the idea!

Anette V. Heiberg

5/09/2006 11:19 AM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Wow, Geninne...what a fascinating, enlightening, informational and beautifully done illustration. I always enjoy looking at your work.

5/09/2006 10:45 PM  
Blogger Lu*** said...

Qué chulada de arbol! :) consigues unas acuarelas magníficas, limpias y super brillantes.

5/10/2006 1:19 AM  
Blogger flossy-p said...

We have boabs in the western parts of Australia too, but none as beautiful as yours!

5/10/2006 4:46 AM  
Blogger maethebear said...

i know its just th same comment as every1 else but we like ur work;¬)

5/10/2006 9:36 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Beautiful illustration, I love the brilliant colors and the bird. Thanks for the info about the baobab. Wonderful choice!

5/10/2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger Diane Duda said...

I think this is just delightful!

5/11/2006 9:42 AM  
Blogger carla said...

This is awesome! I love the subject and I love the colors. The little bird is icing on the...tree!

5/11/2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Geninne said...

I'm so glad y'all liked this illo :-)
Thank you very much for leaving your awesome comments on my blog. Your nice words keep me goin' at it.

5/11/2006 8:22 PM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Your sense of colour is breathtaking. Love your work.

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