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Blue Butterfly for June Colored Pencil Challenge at WetCanvas.com, reference posted by Queen_Bee. Derwent Artist colored pencils on ProArt sketchbook paper.

Here's the page both of them are on together.

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Jun. 12th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Eeee butterfly!

I rearranged your art in the frame so the mandala is in the middle, flanked by two of the butterflies on either side. It meant taking the littler pieces out altogether; I either need a bigger frame or just another one the same size, but I'm going to wait until Cat/Wombat is done to decide. I might get one BIG frame and put everything in it!
Jun. 12th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Right! Butterfly! So when I ship your stuff out, that page comes out of my Pro Art sketchbook and you might as well get the tomato too, you can work out whether to frame the page with both or cut them apart for separate frames.

I think it is one of my best butterflies, I managed to get that iridescent effect without using iridescent watercolors!

Very sorry that the move slowed your package down even more. I have a vague idea of where Cat/Wombat is but half the pastels are downstairs in boxes that haven't been unpacked yet. I'm crossing my fingers hoping to be unpacked by July, but that is partly dependent on how often Karl brings up boxes for me to unpack.

Using a big multi-opening frame for some of my small ones would be good. But I think you're underestimating how many small ones are going into your package. Every butterfly I do till the day I ship it. Plus any other small ones you liked that I set aside for you. I've got three or four 4" x 6" ones set aside in big OSWOA top loaders and a page of ACEO butterflies in their top loaders plus a few others that are in the archival box (that isn't unpacked yet) including Butterfly and Lilac which you liked.

So you might need to do a big multi-opening mat for small ones without reframing the ones that are already framed. Plus there might be a few more small surprises in there when I get to packing it simply for your patience in waiting for Cat/Wombat.

Heh, it would take a very very big frame to put all of it in one, considering one or two are 8" x 10" or thereabouts too, think one's 9" x 12" -- you'll see when you unpack.
Jun. 12th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I think there's enough space between them to separate them for matting, if you go scanty at the top in placing it on the butterfly and scanty at the bottom in placing the tomato. Very glad now that I didn't run either of them into the edges of the paper!
Jun. 12th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Dazzlingly beautiful butterfly work my friend :D

Butterflies are a bit of a totem for me (for cliched and obvious reasons) and whenever I see one I am reminded of a cocoon and what comes after it.

Heh. I even have a Butterfly necklace, silver, that is lopsided (just like me) that I've worn for every day of transition so far.

I often admire (and envy) your art but this was extra enviable and absolutely gorgeous.

Thank you for sharing.


Kate Out
Jun. 12th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Purrr thanks Kate! I might do one just for you as soon as I do Lauren's pastel garden pieces with cat and wombat and ship the whole Australian Package. I promised her every butterfly I do till I send it, but I will keep you in mind for Butterfly Fancier Next!

Knowing it's a totem for transition I'll plan that one a bit special, got some ideas anyway. I don't think it's that cliche at all. Metamorphosis is meaningful and so is coming of age to become who you really are and fly. Butterflies are also a totem for creativity and imagination, for being able to take flights of fancy and bring them back in tangible form.

It's a beautiful symbol and I'll give yours some thought between now and when I get that pastel diptych done -- it's really the only thing holding up her package now.
Jun. 12th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)

Umm. You can't do that. I have to at least pay something for it. I dunno - I'd feel odd otherwise :P

Hrmmm - at least let me leave you with this. Something I wrote sometime ago (hasn't been published yet, though that is in the works).

butterfly totem

carry my murmuring pause
tucked into your wind,

my rainbow angel
floating in this
breath of breeze -

my stain to blend
in yours;

to fly with light;
to carry far this

to find those secrets of

& lay myself aside
in totem silk

to rest

this arid shape
upon your waters face,

shifting strands beneath

emergence reigns,

& I, baptised in colours new
walk gently in that arc ...
[ a born-again virgin,
with mercy's taint ]


Kate Out
Jun. 14th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Kate, that is so beautiful. And yes I can, lovely lady, that's why I get to do things like that. When I do them it isn't like I wound up going out to some shop to blow wads of lots of money on you, it's giving a little time to a friend.

Mind you, it's not going to be a 9" x 12" colored pencils realism one or anything either. lol
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