Friday, May 6, 2011

RENAISSANCE OIL COLLAGE-GENTLE SPIRIT

GENTLE SPIRIT

Gentle Spirit Renaissance Oil collage

Spring has inspired me to create an oil collage of a young woman who looks a bit like a fairy or wood nymph. At first I was going to name her “Elfin”, which seemed to fit her but then I decided on Gentle Spirit, from my book “She Who Whispers.” She is highly textured with flowers from my garden and a crackled effect. She definitely has the look of one "not yet injured by life."

GENTLE SPIRIT

The seed pod opened-a woman child emerged. She was not yet complete…still in the process of becoming finished. She was innocent, having the quality of one who has not yet been injured by life. No soul searching, no vision quest. She was just content to be here and to be a living part of the great mother earth.


~Cheryl Dolby~


I placed flowers along the edge of the painting

I used encaustic wax to attach and preserve these flowers, which are from my garden here at Woodloft.

I was very pleased with the large crackle effect.

Gentle Spirit is 18x24” and priced at $290. Shipping is included to anywhere in the continental USA. I accept checks, MC, Visa, Discover and American Express or paypal. I can also send to anywhere in the world and will be happy to give you a shipping price to your country. Please click on my e-mail to make arrangements for sale. Alternately, you can view Gentle Spirit on my Etsy shop for more details by clicking here.

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20 comments:

  1. She is wonderful- I LOVE the way you do eyes! That over the shoulder pose is perfect and her ears are so fun! Of course I must comment on the flower technique, one of my favorite things you do. I'm assuming you dry the flowers first because I see they're flat....can you use ANY kind of flower? I think I'm going to have to experiment with this process- I really do love it! And I love her!

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  2. Cher...you never cease to amaze me my friend. You know that I adore all of your work but this one is most definitely my favorite...such a beauty. I love the written work that goes with her as well. Oh to be such a being!!!!

    Hugs

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  3. Cheryl, that is a wonderful collage, I love the spirit of it, and the colours. The flowers from your garden are marvelous. Your words are so touching.
    Thank you for the post
    Hugs
    Jacqui

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  4. Gorgeous, love the flower lady painting with all the colors and vibrant expression. Fantastic how you made this!
    Have a nice weekend,
    Anja

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  5. wow! did you put real flower in it? love it is amazing!

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  6. Don't you just love the colors of spring? Gorgeous painting.
    Mary

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  7. Oh wow Cheryl your spirit is so beautiful and loving the wonderful collage surrounding her. Also you do such fabulous skin tones. Another gorgeous piece my friend. Annette x

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  8. Wonderful, my friend. It is totally fascinating and entertaining to view the world via your masterful brush strokes and inventive techniques. Beautiful portrait and prose. Love you!

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  9. Just beautiful Cheryl! I placed your button on my blog side bar, added you to my circle on Etsy :0) Thank you for popping over, love & light
    Trace (jasmoon butterfly) xxx

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  10. This is jaw-droppingly stunning!

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  11. This is just BEAUTIFUL !!
    You amaze me Cheryl.
    I really love this piece :)

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  12. Hello Cheryl! Elfin looks so beautiful, gentle, innocent and so divine.

    Her eyes speaks so much beauty and optimism. The flowers also complemented her divine image.

    Another wonder of art! Oh before I forget it, Happy Mother's Day! You are not just a mother to your children and grandchildren. You are a mother to all students who wish to learn from your talent. You deserve to be honored because you are the best!

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  13. Trish says: I love the way you used the fresh flowers and the ivy. She is a marvelous being!
    I can not wait for your next piece. Happy, happy Mother's day to you.

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  14. You got me with the ears. I am humbled by your talent, Cheryl. HMD and lottsa love!

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  15. Oh this is absolutly gorgeous.
    She is really gentle and so looks so serene.
    Great work

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  16. She has such an intelligence and wiseness about her. The pressed flowers from your garden add the "magic" to this piece. Gorgeous Spring celebration Cheryl!

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  17. She is simply stunning, Cheryl! How I wish that I could touch your fabulous textures - I'm such a touchy-feely person I can only imagine how luscious these are 'in person'. Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  18. Cheryl ... she is breathtaking! When I read her story, I couldn't help but feel a little kinship to her. She somehow fits quite paradoxically with my post for today. Your use of colors so mimic spring's tranquil essence. Indeed, she does look Fay, though I much approve her given name, "Gentle Spirit".

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  19. I think there is a bit of your spirit in her. She is beautiful and the first thing I thought of when I saw her was Arwen from Lord of the Rings.
    http://www.freewebs.com/random_isawien/Arwen_RotK_26.jpeg

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  20. Oooh Cheryl, it's a stunning piece of art! All those flowers and the crackle effect are the icing on the cake as the painting is amazing in itself. Whoever buys this will be very, very happy!

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