She collects each precious feather that falls to the earth.
They carry with them the bird’s energy and freedom, a gift from the heavens. She surrounds herself with the feathers,
a cloak of honor for her bravery throughout the battle.
Delicate moths dance in her warmth and inner light.
She feels a shift beneath her feet. A tremendous change.
She now knows the light has always and will forever be a part her.
Here's the backstory on making this artwork.
I like to start with a color palette in mind. I've been researching women artist throughout time. I feel in love with the surrealist artist Remedios Varo, especially the piece titled, "Creation of the Birds".
I knew that I wanted feathers as a cloak. The bottom outlined feathers seems unfinished. Not sure what will happen in the background. The rest will have to come organically.
A few more feathers to the bottom. Hair, eyes... faces are hard for me. But I'm working on it.
This is a close up of her face. I paint on wood and you can see the grain and texture.
I changed her hair.... better. For a while it reminded me of the Spaniard, Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride, which makes me laugh. I also painted the background three times!!
The final art finished! I used white ink to put in the moths. This piece came together very quickly.