Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LET ME FLY!

LET ME FLY!

Mixed Media Oil Collage

Close-up of "Let Me Fly" Please double click on the pictures for better view

I’ve been in the mood for lots of colorful creations lately. Maybe the spring flowers have brought on this frame of mind or maybe it’s the butterflies that I’m anticipating seeing soon. I purposely plant flowers to attract those wonderful, vibrant creatures, like the buddleia or butterfly bush.

I thought I had a plan in painting my butterfly girl collage, but she seemed to have a mind of her own and took me in a completely different direction. I know that has happened to most of my readers out there in blogland. So..as we used to say way back when, you've got to go with the flow. Actually, she doesn't even look like my work!

Close-up of butterfly hat-left over from the Royal Wedding.

I painted her face using my Renaissance Oil technique and the rest of her body is acrylic and felt. I used pop up butterflies for her hat. For the background, I used a spackle compound followed by deco crackle and stain. It has an interesting texture to it. It feels entirely different to the touch than when I add the crackle to paper. The entire collage is on a 3-dimensional canvas

Close-up of angled frame

For the saying, I found it online but the author was unknown. I couldn’t fit the long saying on her so I changed it a bit and came up with “ How does one become a butterfly? You have to give up being a caterpillar and…fly” So true, don’t you think? Set your goals high and don’t let anyone, anyone talk you out of them. Choose to fly!

Then, just for the fun of it, I made one of my Philosophy Paper Art Dolls to match! She has the correct saying in it’s entirety on her.

Paper Art Doll

Close-up of "Fly" Paper Art Doll

They are both for sale. Although the painting took me a very long time to do, I had so much fun with her that I’m lopping off many of those fun hours. I’d like $125. for her and if you love her…this is a real bargain. She is 12x24.”

“Fly” paper art doll is $38.00 and about 10" high. I take all the credit cards and Paypal and can ship worldwide. E-mail me and we can go from there.

Thanks so much!

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25 comments:

  1. Loving all the wonderful texture and colors on these Cheryl!

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  2. Wonderful pieces - full of life and cheerfulness!

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  3. always love to see all the wonderful items you use in your art Cher. LOVE this one but then anything with butterflies touches my heart.

    HUGS

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  4. You really did let the creativity take over...it doesn't look like your work...but I'm still loving it! Spring and Summer colours....so pretty!

    Cheryl..I just wanted to thank you so very much for your kind comments on my blog...you always are so sweet!

    I've finished my Romantico tags from last week...stop in and have a peek!

    ciao bella


    CREATIVE CARMELINA

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  5. Your beautiful lady defintely takes flight Cheryl and love the paper art doll. I love to make paper art dolls ( there are some in my archive posts) but have just been too busy lately . You have inspired me though!

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  6. I know you said it doesn't look like your work, but I bet if I'd seen it without knowing I would have guessed! There's something about her face...

    She's very lovely and does seem to burst with all the fun and joy you put in her.

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  7. I just LOVE all of the wonderful color in these pieces, Cheryl! Very clever to use the pop up butterflies for her 'wedding' hat! LOL! And I ADORE your paper doll. I know what it's like to be 'bitten by a creative bug' that leads you in a different direction. Let the creative winds blow where they will!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  8. Loving both your projects and the words. Love the touch of zetti about them as well. Great fun. Annette x

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  9. Now this is really fun and cheerful! Really pretty! Thanks for this.

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  10. This makes me smile> I needed that :)

    k

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  11. Really pretty and I love the paper doll too! Thanks for sharing her with blogland.
    Hugs and many blessings

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  12. I love to visit because you inspire me so much.. and don't you just love it when your Muse takes over!

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  13. So happy and glorious, love the colours and all the textures. The doll is adorable too!!

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  14. Hello Cheryl! My attention was caught on the title of your post.

    I don't know if I have told you that I love butterflies. They signify a lot of things for me. And if I may quote the author too, "How does one become a butterfly? You have to give up being a caterpillar and…fly" I love the quote. I need this today. The quote is so true.

    Thank you again for making another beautiful craft. You never fail to amuse and make me happy. :)

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  15. i love both pieces the painting is WONDERFUL. what a great & true quote. thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Cheryl, I too love both pieces! The colors are magnificent! Love the butterflies! As you know, I think your philosophy dolls are the "bomb", for I have one! It brings me much inspiration each day!

    Thank you for your thoughtfully worded comment a few posts back. I had pulled my blog due to lack of readers. I will keep it up for a time, but if the volume does not pick up, I may make my blog only open to subscribers. Thank you for being such a loyal reader! :)

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  17. Wonderful, fanciful, joyous ~ and colorful ~ creations! Funny, color has been singing to me lately. I'm even stretching myself to wear some lighter, brighter, more vibrant colors.

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  18. Cheryl, again you de wonderful pieces, I said it again but you are so CREATIVE..
    And you are absolutely right about Italy, It's just a wonderful place to be.

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  19. Cheryl, these are SO incredible- I LOVE them both. I'm so glad you're making your art dolls again!
    And the words you chose....so true! We've just started seeing butterflies in the last few days; lightning bugs too. I love this time of year!

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  20. Oh Cheryl your butterfly girl and her hat are gorgeous and so are your paperdoll, I love paperdolls.
    Anni

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  21. Cheryl, I absolutely love this collage portrait, so bright and fun, as is your lovely paper doll :)
    Tried to comment a few days ago, finally got to this time yeahhhh

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  22. Oh wow, loving the colours and textures. There so much art eye candy to look at and so brigt and sunny. Its raining heavy today, your art as brought the sunshine back!
    Hugs!

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  23. Oh; the luscious colors in these pieces! So alive with uplifting spirit! xxoo

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  24. I'm totally in love with both of them! the butterfly girl looks like a free spirit with a serious side- which makes her even more interesting, I think. I haven't seen the paper art dolls before; she is SO COOL! Is her face ceramic?

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