Thursday, 1 October 2009

Stretching wings

I feel strangely liberated today. I stayed up far too late blogging, yet woke refreshed and the sort throat I've been nursing for days seems finally on the retreat - get back with you varmit...

I've been working from home and knocked out a couple of pieces of work that I'm proud of - real knock 'em dead stuff. I've also been deliberating over my contribution to Theme Thursday - this week it's 'Wings'. With the strains of Mull of Kintyre floating round my head, I set to thinking...

I am reading a wonderfully inspiring book by Kelly Rae Roberts about this very gossamer subject. She is teaching me how to give flight to my creative spirit. Her encouraging words and fine techniques are lifting my soul. I'm also lapping up all the sweet artistic juiciness from the Art Journaling Supernova - experimenting, playing and generally getting messy. What better artistic creation for wings then, than a homage to what I've learnt from both of these.

Maybe I'm just getting old and don't remember, but I'm sure I never 'noticed' autumn quite so much as I do this year. Colours, textures, smells all assail my senses. I feel like a sponge in a 'who can soak up the most' contest and I'm lugging all this inspiration around careful not to spill a drop until it can be poured onto canvas or crafted into words!

This then is representative of my creative flight through Autumn.

I present my 'Creative Wings'. It really is very 'Kelly Rae', so I feel a bit like I cheated myself - it wasn't enough of my own creation. I wasn't too happy with the face - she looks slightly odd... but I can always paint or collage over. Mixed media on canvas board - acrylics, collage, oil pastel and a real oak leaf. I asked some real butterflies to pose just for the picture, but they flew off, fickle things.

19 comments:

  1. Wonderful work...love the layers they were definitely worth waiting for. Good for you reaching outside your usual style....it may feel foreign now, but it takes time to integrate it and make it your own. I know I feel that way with many of these challenges, but I like being pushed!

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  2. Your creative flight is great. What a wonderful piece!

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  3. all i can say is, "wow"!! i enlarged this to see it better and boy is it a beauty. it looks like there are 100's of layers all put together to form this fantastic piece of art. way to go...it's stunning!

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  4. Oh this may be a la Kelly Rae but seriously, she is all yours and she's lovely!! You've done yourself proud!

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  5. Very Cool, it looks great. I just bought Kelly Rae's book a few weeks ago. I plan to start if after I finish "THe Joy Diet"
    Sounds inspiring.

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  6. It's a great piece. It may be Kelly Rae inspired but it is all you.

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  7. Wow this is really special.
    Absolutely great. Love them.

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  8. I love the layers and the autumn colors! And always remember: it's impossible to make art that isn't yours! And this one is beautiful!!

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  9. wow, wow, wow, compliments just luve her
    hugs
    joan in italy

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  10. that's beautiful!! you are like a creative machine!! i swear you are creating one mixed media art a day!! i find them most difficult to do and i'm so totally amazed by all the mixed media artists who do such excellent work with "things" ... you just amaze me!!

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  11. I love the dreamy quality you achieved with this piece. Very nice!

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  12. I really love what you created!

    Ciao ciao

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  13. Very nice and I would say she is totally your creation! xo

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  14. I Love this picture - I didn't think she looked odd to me at all, more a listening face, like she's just understanding a new possibility...

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