Thursday, July 1, 2010
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.