Monday, 25 January 2016

Spirit Animals - The Butterfly

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Spirit Animal - Butterfly 

The butterfly represents transformation, going through important changes with grace and lightness. One definition I found was that the butterfly as a spirit animal can perhaps guide you to be sensitive to personal cycles of expansion and growth as well as the beauty of life's continuous unfolding. Isn't that lovely?


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I wanted to continue with the cosmos/universe theme as these are spirit animals after all, and had the idea of turning the spots on the butterfly's wings into planets. Oh, and I have no idea what the planets are other than earth and they definitely aren't to scale!

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Then during a yoga class last week I was concentrating on holding a pose and the image of lots of little butterflies breaking away from the main one popped into my head - honestly I totally recommend yoga and meditation for getting the creative juices flowing!

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As before I used acrylic spray paints all over the page to get the purple background. Then to get the butterfly looking like the night sky I drew the outline onto thin paper, cut the butterfly shape out, blue-tacked the paper onto the page and then sprayed the cut out area with the deep blue acrylic spray paint. I used ordinary acrylic paint and Derwent Graphik Liner paint pens for the planets and tiny butterflies. To keep with the surreal theme of the cosmic butterfly I had her sit on the milky way instead of a plant.

I used a reference photo taken by Gary Jones on Paint My Photo but as you can see if you click on the link, my final piece bears little resemblance to the original!

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I am enjoying the path my mind is taking with these paintings so much right now. I just hope the surreal cosmic ideas keep coming for the rest of the series!

28 comments:

  1. This is such an uplifting series of pieces, I love the magic and symbolism. in answer to your earlier question, vegan for life? well I am seriously contemplating it!

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  2. Wonderful butterfly.
    Merle.........

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  3. Bonjour chère amie,

    Le bal des papillons... Très jolie oeuvre.


    Gros bisous ♡

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  4. another beautiful spirit animal Nic- and the cosmic bit melds so wonderfully with your butterfly!

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  5. As always your imagination is inspiring! What a lovely idea and the painting is fabulous!
    I am rubbish a Yoga. I can do 'The Plank' for about ten seconds before I collapse into a pathetic heap! And I have never been any good at emptying my mind either, which is always full of complete rubbish, which spins endlessly around my head at break-neck speed! The only things I have ever found that truly settle my mind is Scuba-Diving and painting! Meditation doesn't do it for me at all! Instead I find myself thinking about what I should be doing, like getting the dinner on etc...

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  6. Fantastic and very imaginative art, love it. Hugs, Valerie

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  7. Absolutely fabulous ! i have been practicing yoga for quite some years now! I can vouch that it does help you stay positive and helps you to live in the NOW :)
    http://beneathmyheartart.blogspot.in/2016/01/createavity.html

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  8. Wonderful butterfly art. No idea how you make it. Seems great.
    Happy PPF.

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  9. that butterfly is looking so perfect it made me gasp a little bit. Simply gorgeous. The whole series is coming along so beautifully and I am looking forward to seeing more... it feels like it is a fabulous direction for you to be heading in visually... love them...xx

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  10. Isn't it great when all of a sudden ideas pop into your head about how you can do something!? I often have these ideas in the middle of the night :-) Your butterfly is amazing and I love all the symbols behind it. Really enjoing this new series of yours!

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  11. Beautiful! I love the way the smaller butterflies break away from the larger one. Maybe I should start doing yoga with my wife. Happy PPF, #43

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  12. These are stunningly beautiful. I love how they are not "perfect" realistic, but a result of your flow. Lovely colors too.

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  13. Your butterfly makes a magical and cosmic totem.
    So beautifully done in every detail!!!
    oxo Patty #47

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  14. Another amazing piece! It's interesting to hear from others where inspiration comes from! Love that your idea for this came while you were doing yoga...great!

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  15. Gorgeous butterfly. And the blue background is stunning.

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  16. This is beautiful and I loved reading about your process and the meaning behind the piece. The smaller butterflies breaking away from the larger one is so perfect. Happy PPF!

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  17. Really beautiful! I love all the detail and the spots everywhere! I love the butterfly... how the wings break a part into many butterflies. So stunning and beautiful! Lovely! Happy PPF!

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  18. This is just a beauty. Love the rich colors, Nice art!!!

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  19. Oh my goodness I do love that butterfly--and the image of the dog on the pet portraits button. Just lovely. xo

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  20. This is gorgeous! Love your interpretation of spirit animals. :)

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  21. What a gorgeous piece...I love the little planets...at first I thought they were jewels embedded onto your painting!! They are fabulous! It's amazing all the different things everyone gets out of this piece!! So fun to be excited about a series!! Enjoy!

    Hugs Giggles

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  22. It is amazing how one's ideas suddenly pop into one's head when we are feeling good, relaxed, at peace!

    I love this concept of transformation! Delightful!

    Thank you so much for sharing your process and art! Inspirational!

    Renee

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  23. I am loving where you are going with your art as well. The butterfly is a totem and since you are working with "her" it is your totem right now. Listen to her lessons. Amazing how images came to you through yoga but more so that you executed them. Your art is stunning and inspiring.

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  24. Love this idea of the little butterflies breaking away and the planet spots! And how great that yoga helped you in this way! I've neglected both yoga and mediation a bit during my holiday but it's time to get into it again. They are such great practices. I'm looking forward to see where this series is taking you!

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  25. what a wonderful butterfly you created. Very suitable for a spirit animal.

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  26. Your picture helped me understand a vision. I love how you explained your process. Quite a synchronicity for me, wow. http://quantumunderground.com

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