Monday, July 11, 2011
Butterflies at Craft Room Challenge
It's mine turn to chose the challenge over at Craft Room Challenge and for this fortnight I've chosen the Theme Butterflies.
I chose the theme after stumbling across this quote by Prevo Levi (1919-1987) he was a writer, chemist and survivor of Auschwitz.
"The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and symmetry:deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if they stung, or above all if they did not enact the perturbing mystery of metamorphosis:the latter assumes in our eyes the value of a badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign."
With my butterfly piece I wanted to capture some of the mystery, hope and sometimes despair of the world we live in.
I prepped my canvas with some pretty paper, gessoed and then with ink drew the lady. I've then painted with gouache. The butterflies as well as being in the background have been cut with the SU Bigz Die Beautiful Butterflies. They are cut and stamped mostly in Vellum. I also cut some smaller butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Die.
I can't wait to see what you all create :-)