Friday, June 14, 2013

she dreams of flight

She dreams of flight

face close up
 This was my WIP of about 2 weeks ago.  I showed it to a friend of mine and she told me what I do is "outsider art" (maybe I got that wrong)  She loved it by the way.  Anyway at least I have something to call my slightly bizarro style!!!

She was painted over an old painting that just didn't work - thus all the texture in the balloon.  I just used map stencils along with old atlas pages on her face and other stencils in the balloon background.  The map stencils on her face were sprayed with Liquitex white spray paint - I just love it because if you spray lightly you get this slightly ghostly coverage.  I am proud of the ears because they look like ears - LOL!  The balloon showed up first and the idea of the flying lady head just came to me as I was looking at the painting.

I am linking to Jenn Mclean's Artist Play Room (here) - the theme was the word bizarre - thought this painting fit the bill.  I am also linking to Paint Party Friday (here) hosted by the fabulous Eva and Kristin.  Check both of these sites to see the fantastic art posted there - better yet join in yourself on this or the next round.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed, art-filled weekend.


balloon close up

35 comments:

  1. Love the texture!
    Are you using the Artistcellar map stencils?
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    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. I am - love them but only have 2! Thanks for the comment (I really like the effect of the white liquitex spray paint with them!)

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    2. Yes, it looks great! Liquitex spray paint is fun to use with stencils...and I like that it is low odor. :)

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    3. And I love the way you collaged the maps onto the substrate, too! :)

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  2. this is really wonderful and I think it works beautifully... bizarre or not... although i didn't think it was too bizarre so maybe my brain is in tune with yours...xx

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    1. It's only mildly bizarre - I agree. I don't like to do dark paintings (as in very dark and not in color) but I really tend towards the slightly bizarre! Thanks for the comment!

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    2. Tracey it's me Gloria. Sorry I have to comment here but I can't comment on your blog. Don't know why. Sorry bellefrogworks:(

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  3. Very original and fascinating with beautiful colors! <3

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  4. While it is a bit bizarre and that really isn't my "thing", I really like this. The old painting texture gives it a lot of character. I think you paint not only ears but the whole head with a great deal of expertise. Gorgeous face.

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    1. Thank so much Faye - I am working on my faces and I know this one has very exaggerated eyes, that was somewhat on purpose because the poor thing is bald you see.

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  5. wonderful!! wondrously so. love the whimsy.

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  6. I love it! It seems to convey so much...to me the fact that you used maps and balloon and the floating head is very meaningful. I can see my thoughts floating over regions on maps that I have never visited...

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    1. That is pretty much what I was thinking about - some of our best "trips" are in our imaginations. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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  7. This is one of your best paintings yet! I love how well you molded her facial features, and those eyes are so expressive. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you for that encouraging comment. I have been trying to work on my drawing skills - especially faces. Blessings to you as well.

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  8. Great take on bizarre for APR! She's wonderful!! :)

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  9. Hi bellefrogworks. Thank you for stopping by my PPF post. Your drawing skills are amazing and I do love your faces. Just beautiful. I left a comment for Tracey because I am having a hard time leaving a comment on her blog. Sorry about that. Have a wonderful day and thank you.

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    1. That's fine and thank you for your lovely comments - they are so encouraging.

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  10. Love your work, what a great thought of a floating head...wish mine could do that sometime. Bizzaro is great in my book. xox

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    1. Sometimes my head feels like it is floating - but not in a good way - LOL Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comment

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  11. This is very creative, bizarre, yet so interesting, it draws the eye.

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    1. Thank you so much Christine - the one thing I learned painting this was to be true to my own vision - I was a bit nervous painting this - but it's what I saw.

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  12. I love your balloon-lady. She has such a sweet, wistful look on her face ....

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    1. Thanks Denise - you have always been an inspiration to me even though we are different in approach.

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  13. This is strange but very interesting, dream like colours are lovely! Fits so well with the theme. :)

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    1. Thanks so much - that's me strange (not so sure about the very interesting LOL)

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  14. I like weird combinations and the face is just stunning. :)

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    1. Thanks so much - working on my faces - I am really enjoying it!

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  15. Wonderful! The textures and the colors are so pretty... It's hard to find a name for what type of art art is, I'm not sure what would be most right, yours is so very fascinating.

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouraging comments.

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  16. I think it great, that face really drew me in. The textures on the balloon are fabulous. I think it is beautiful.
    Von

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    1. Thank you so much - you are very encouraging!

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