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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Flutterby

Luna

Flutterby 24" X 36" available through the Decatur Gallery

The prompt this week at Theme Thursday is torn paper and, at Illustration Friday, is giants. Like all my mixed media paintings, this piece was painted over a textured base of torn maps, tissue paper, dictionary pages, and patterned papers. It's finished with inks, charcoal, and watercolor crayons. I seem to have a fascination lately with flying creatures: birds, giant luna moths, the sandman... Most of my recent paintings depict entities flying heavenward in moonlit skies of fantastic colors. I'm not sure what that's about, but writing those words reminded me of some my earliest "works of art." In the first grade, I became obsessed with drawing maps of heaven. I'm unsure if the the obsession stemmed from my pride in my very first box of 64 Crayola crayons or from work avoidance issues (as we say in the special ed. business), but, instead of completing my math worksheets, I colored countless pages of swirls of aquamarine, goldenrod, and mulberry. Oddly, after 45 years, my style doesn't seem to have altered much. This paintng was originally named "Luna" for lack of a better title, but my husband called it Flutterby, which I think is better, so Flutterby it shall be.

13 comments:

Sandy said...

OMG I love it.
Your work is absolutely wonderful. So gorgeous painting art again.

Ophelia said...

What an awesome piece this is, and what a great prompt.

Willy said...

Wonderful painting!

Elizabeth said...

Wow! This painting is fantastic!

Lorraine said...

lovely summery painting..like the colours

TJ Lynde said...

Very, very cool! Strong composition and a sense of softness and youthful wonder- similar to a Chagall, but all your own. Thanks for showing and sharing it.

*jean* said...

lovely!! hope you are having a great summer, dear!

Janet Ghio said...

Your backgrounds are just so yummy!! Love the colors!!

Hermine said...

Its gorgeous

Marion Eldridge said...

Absolutely beautiful work, Kathy! Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm glad to become a follower. Wonderful work here!

studio lolo said...

I love your bold use of color in all of your work. I hung out for a while, browsing all posts and enjoying to the music. We have similar taste!

Congrats on the gallery :)

Lyn said...

I think you discovered something early on and are still on the right track! I too have been enamored with very mixed media in my work..keep up the good work!

Outside The Lines said...

Hi Kathy...thanks so much for visiting my place and for your comments. I looked through your portfolio on your web site and your work is very beautiful. It has such a dream-like quality and also it is so joyous. You are very inspiring!