Monday, November 27, 2006


This is what I've played around with today... fun!
Computers that you can paint with...
Best invention, ever!!!!

38 comments:

ValGalArt said...

This is gorgeous! These warm earthy colours are perfect and all the elements are just right! The scarecrow's expression is priceless!

Emila Yusof said...

Wow! great work!

aynaku said...

exceptionally good! really like the earthy tones and the winter sky...and his pose and expression...I wonder what program your are work with.
:)

Linda said...

the mood is hauntingly delicious, wonderful!

benconservato said...

The colours are beautiful. Lovely illustration.

Diane Duda said...

Beautiful! I can almost feel the chill in the air.

Caroline said...

Is this a scarecrow that is coming to life or someone turning into one?

I love the atmosphere you've conjured up!

And yes being able to paint with a computer is fab too.

Michelle Lana said...

Very nice! great!

buep said...

Beautiful artwork!

cream said...

Love the lighting.
So what software are you using?

Jeope said...

All digital? Incredible. A virtual handshake cominatcha then.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! Love these latest paintings, great mood and mysterious!

Theresa S. said...

Well stated! Computers are absolutely marvelous and the work that can be accomplished with this art medium is truly inspirational. Great job!

albina said...

An unusual take on the topic, but so true, and so beautiful and so funny -- is he done for the fall and is walking to his well-deserved rest in the shed?

...there is an answer to your questions about that photo... he-he, come and see for yourself!

michael dailey said...

stunning stuff lov the quality of the light and ur colors and his expression is warm and wonderful

Tony LaRocca said...

Beautiful shading job! You captured the mood perfectly.

robertc said...

beautiful illustration! here here to the digital painter!

Abigail said...

What a great piece! The lighting, colors, everything work together so well.

Toni said...

Hey Lilah isn't it fun to play!! Even your digital paintings are awesome. So now you are my muse. ;)

scribblesk said...

Sublime!

Majeak Ann said...

You have created such nice effects of lights and shadowns in this piece, a very mellow and attractive.
Thanks for your words too, you were very kind.
-Marjorie

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Wow! You managed that digitally? That's breathtaking. Great control of colours. I know of people who run riot with theirs and are unable to co-ordinate between them. In all your pieces, I don't know, you seem to know how to use your colours very well. May I know how long this piece took?

mrs. b. said...

this piece is gorgeous, and i especially like the reflected lavendar light...so warm and comforting!

victoria said...

Wow,,,just had a look at your website via Toni's page.
Awesome art and photos.

Am in love with your phantasmical (is that a word?) monster series...

Halloweenville said...

beautiful work, the colors are amazing.

LDahl said...

ValGalArt *Smile* !
Thanks pal!

Emila Yusof, thank you so much!

Aynaku, thanks! I use Corel 8/PC mostly, I know it gets bad press but I've also used Adobe/Mac and I can say, they both have their good and bad points.
After all these years, I'm just now getting to the point where I think I need to upgrade to the newest Photo-paint-Draw version. Corel 8 was a bottomless pit of power if you knew how to use it.

Linda, thank you very much:)

Benconservato... Well preserved!! I like that! Hey thanks for the comment!

Diane Duda thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment!

Caroline, it is one coming to life... I think... whichever one, I don't think he's come to terms with the straw as yet. Still a bit wobbly.

Michelle Lana, thank you for visiting and commenting.

Thank you Buep... I'm enjoying your blog.

cream, me trusty sword is named Corel.

Jeope, yep all digi... thanks, and most pleased to meet you.

Thanks Alina, I sure have a good time with the darker moodier things.

Theresa S., we are lucky aren't we, to be alive and working when all this is now available to us. Thanks for your comment.

Albina.. it's rather a cheat..heheh... Artist - born to cheat!!! Run till I get caught and party till dawn when I do. Meh!
Keep the lid of that box on tight:))) No wonder it's such a good photo!

Michael Dailey, thanks, it was that kind of day here, so I snatched it up and put it in the drawing/painting.

Tony LaRocca, thanks!! Are things going better for you now?

Robertc, thank you, I wish we could combine both sides of the medium coin...I think we're getting closer. I know sometimes I make myself laugh when I look for the undo button when doing watercolors. (simple minds are easily amused:)))

Abigail thank you for the nice compliment!

Toni, hey back at'cha! Yep, playing is where it's at, fer sur, fer sur!
Myth is much more fun than harsh history (which is also interesting, but somehow, not as personal) The understanding of the forest through the story of one leaf, that's the 'play'.

Scribblesk... pretty silky word... thanks for sending it my way:)

Nate said...

Very nice. Love the warm colors and atmosphere on this one.

LDahl said...

Marjorie aka Majeak Ann, thanks! It still needs work,, but for now it needs to rest for awhile:) Eventually I'll put it on my website.

Hi Chuang! I've been doing this for a long time. My first ones were pretty colorful too... but in time I returned to my painters roots.
Rough sketch... 5-10 minutes on one of those online drawing sites.
Painted twice on it, first one, um, probably an hour and a half.
Second one did some playing around with what I wanted it to feel like so totally about four hours. There is still an easy 2 hours of fun left in this one before I get to the point where I would call it finished beyond redemption.

Mrs. b. Thank you! I lost some of the colors in translation to the web:(

victoria, any friend of my Monsters and of Toni is a friend of mine:)
Thanks for visiting!

Halloweenville, autumn is my favorite time of year...anything to make it last longer... I'm always sad to see it take its lovely colors and drift away.

Nate believe it or not that is just how it was outside the day I worked on it... today is bitter cold, grey and well, durn winterlike.
Thanks for your comment!

DeeJay said...

Oh, how fun is he?!

LDahl said...

Deejay, hehe! Well he dances purty well for someone without a backbone!

hartini said...

This is one of those pieces that makes me go WOW...!!
GREAT work! I love how you just worked with a few colors and still able to make piece come out alive. Hope to see more of your work to inspire me :)
hartini.com

LDahl said...

Hartini, thank you so much for your really nice comment!

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Thanks for the information on the tools used. Coreldraw on the PC! Yes, you're right, it does get a lot of bad press. Again, they are tools, people shouldn't really be blaming their tools for... (No, those software and machine religious wars... ) Back to this, I want to say that I am inspired by the colours used and the feel you have imparted in each piece. When you tell me the amount of time spent, it assists me in, well, knowing if I were just going on the right track in creating a digital piece or, well, going in circles.

I spent a few hours on Painter IX.5 recently because of this piece you have created. Of course, I drew a figure from the medieval period. I realise that digital tools are so different from, well, pencils and pens. Still, there's lots to learn. Thanks for sharing.

LDahl said...

Chaung that's great! I think if I could give you any advice it would be draw, draw, draw. If you are working figures, draw from life, draw from pictures and keep drawing! There is a lot of online tutorials that are worth going through. I'm about ready to start over and get to learning again... I get so mad at myself for what I don't know. I just spent last night on a piece that should have been very fun to work on but there was a gap between what I wanted and what I was doing!!! Back to the old drawing board for me!

HARDWAX said...

Walking down a forgotten road some autumn evening, and this curious little boy glances my way, I think maybe he's a scarecrow afterall, but i'm not sure.
So much a mystery and beautiful work.

LDahl said...

Hardwax, isn't it fun to build an instant story? I love sharing this way, thanks!

Oliver Chipping said...

I really love your use of color in this one! nice and saturated, but not overpowering, especially that blue in the background. it really goes with the fall feeling and mood of your little character.

LDahl said...

Thanks Oliver! Fall is finally turning to winter here, all the leaves are gone:( Hey but there is no mowing, which is great!!!!!