Paintbrush Mania Continues with a Proud PeacockPosted: March 9, 2013
I was so fortunate to find out about a really fun mixed media paintbrush swap, between artists that are fans of, or design team members for Viva Las Vegas Stamps. I saw some of the work they had done earlier, and I was a little afraid of letting them down with my creation, so I did my “practice brush” with the wings. That got me absolutely fascinated, inspired and thrilled to create other brush designs. I was stuck between the idea for a flying pig (we had to stick with a nature theme), or a peacock. The idea of the peacock feathers, which I am absolutely in love with, and have been since I was a child……won me over. The flying pig will make an appearance in the future, I promise.
The swap was between us artists, but we also made an identical brush to be kept at the Viva Las Vegas Stamps store, so I couldn’t go too bonkers with details I couldn’t replicate. It was actually REALLY good practice for me to think carefully about each detail I added. I actually work quite a bit like a collage artist, because my brain works that way.
This time, I wasn’t as glittery with the bristles, since I needed to ship it, and I wasn’t sure how excited my swap partner would be about glitter flying all over them, their table, their dog/friends/spouse/children. I colored the bristles using mist this time, as well, instead of ink.
One of the most beautiful things I see about peacock feathers, and feathers in general, is how much movement is in them. I love the look of natural movement, that pleases the eye as it floats across the entire piece. I think my need for a return to all things natural and free, is a way of dealing with anxiety and change in my life. It reminds me that control isn’t mine, and necessary for me to be happy and fulfilled.
I went ahead and decorated the brush all the way to the back, and signed it. I mean, who doesn’t clamor for my autograph!?! Pshhh, just kidding.
I hope you are having a lovely start to the weekend. I am very happy to be getting a little rest and relaxation, along with time alone with my husband. My parents are having the girls visit, before they take off to visit family in Texas for a few weeks. I’m grateful…..deeply grateful.
Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and encouragement regarding my Hawaii trip…..I’m so excited to go, and feel so incredibly blessed to get to go!