Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Taking Flight

Here she is and I am so excited about her. This again was born out of a process that is so entirely new and fascinating to me. I did the background rather quickly and then let it sit overnight. I had it propped up on a chair in my little studio and when I went upstairs later in the evening and turned on the light in the hallway, I saw this lovely woman in the background. At first I thought that she looked too difficult for me to paint (especially the face), but once I got started I loved seeing her blossom...
The painting is on an 8x24 in. canvas and a mixture of paper collage, image transfer and acrylic paint.
I still need to tweak a couple of little things, paint the sides and varnish it, but I just had to post her already. I'll add another photo once she's all the way done!
I just entered this in the Mix It Up With Melange weekly mixed media challenge, which this week is "fly."

31 comments:

  1. Very inspiring and beautiful painting. I like it very very much!! Kisses.

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  2. Hey Silke, she is lovely - I love the 'whimsy' of this painting - great job - the painting is so dreamy to me! Val xxx

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  3. Well, we are so glad that you did. She is gorgeous!

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  4. Doesn't it feel GREAT to be inspired and create a work of art that you absolutely love?
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a wonderful comment. I'm trying to work up the courage to post about my artwork... I don't know why I'm struggling with it... I guess because art is so "personal" and I feel vulnerable when I put it out there. I'm a-ramblin'! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. She is beautiful Silke! I love the colors - bravo!!!!! I hope you win the challenge!!

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  6. You must be so happy with this piece...it's a delight...so original....would love to have her hanging on my wall...

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  7. i've been doing my blog surf tonight and noticed that we must be traveling in the same circles...i keep seeing your cute photo in the comment section of many of the blogs i frequent! so...i thought i'd pop over and say hi! your artwork is fabulous...i SO admire your painting and collage skills! :)

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  8. This piece is wonderful. I tried to see something in the canvas but had no idea she was hidden there. The birds are great, they are some of my favorite creatures. Again a wonderful painting.

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  9. Silke, sie ist wunderschoen!!
    A beautiful piece, and I love the image transfer. I'm still having a problem with that. Just amazing.

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  10. I love that feeling when you know you have it and you are giving her life! Wonderful! There is nothing like it and that great feeling shows in your art!

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  11. Silke that is beautiful. Really, really gorgeous! Wonderful job! :)

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  12. When I looked at your post last night I was struck with the familiarity of the image. It so reminded me of someone. Finally it came to me this morning. Your beautiful image brings to mind the lovely and wise Elf Queen Galadriel, played by Cate Blanchett in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings Trilogy". Some of my favorite books growing up.

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  13. Auuuuuughhhhhhh! I didn't think I would find one I loved more. But, she is by far my favorite. I love everything about her...her face, the blossem she is coming out of, the birds. Oh, you are Monet!!!!!

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  14. Raina said...
    Marvelous!!! I love the way she is rising up from the tulip and I love the serenity about her. The bird cage and the birds and all the other details. Did you paint all of these or did you transfer them? Great job!!!

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  15. I love when it's about the process of creation. She's unique & gorgeous!

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  16. Thank you, everyone for your very kind comments! It's a joy to read every one of them.

    Now, to respond to a couple of you specifically,

    Mr. H. thanks for comparing her to the beautiful Galadriel. She was one of my favorite characters in the trilogy. I wasn't thinking of her while painting, but there's definitely something elvin about her...

    Raina, some of the little details are from the paper I used as the background under the acrylic paint, some are transfers (I so love doing those) and some are cutouts that are glued on.

    Renate, I am having the best time with image transfers. Let me know if I can help in any way. There are some great youtube videos out there on the topic!

    Annette, don't be shy - when you start putting your art "out there," you will find that this is one extremely supportive community!

    To everyone else - thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    :) Silke

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  17. Can she come live with me? She is my favorite!
    Shall we trade? Would you consider? Oh, she is so very faery and every detail, divine.
    I understand if she cannot leave, hee hee. Just know she is welcome here, lol. You amaze.
    Blessings, Amy

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  18. I think she is beautiful and I love her face.

    For me she feels like she is letting go, and I admire her for it.

    Renee xooxxo

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  19. this is so lovely! you did a great job :D

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  20. This is so inspiring, she looks so beautiful and everywhere such soft colours.

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  21. ohhhhh i love her!!! I love your style too, it is so natural and beautiful. x

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  22. I love everything about this painting, Silke, including the name. You've got a lovely style of painting. She's beautiful!

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  23. Silke, she is lovely, I see so much in your piece that keeps me searching. Very wonderful piece, so glad you posted her in the Melange Team Challenge!!

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  24. Happy to have you join in.
    Loved seeing your colorful work.
    Donna

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  25. left you a little something on my blog!

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  26. Oh wow, she is so gorgeous :)
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog too!
    xo

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  27. Beautiful, Silke! I think she's your best yet. :)

    xo ~ Karen

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  28. Wow, this is lovely! I think it is my favorite. But wait, I said that before -- and I imagine I'll be saying it again! You are really rockin' the mixed media. I'm so happy for you!

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  29. What a lovely piece, lots of mixed media in it!

    Congrats, you did a fabulous job :)

    Linda a/k/a Mamapainter

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