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Monday, September 28, 2009

In The Land of Butterflies and Fairies




I have been in the land of Butterflies and Fairies lately as I have been pretty much stuck in bed with this silly flu/cold. I don't know what it is and I hate it! My youngest is home with some sort of virus (not the swine flu - thank You God! as we got him checked out at the doctor). His eyes are red like pink eye and his throat is red and spotty like strep throat and yet he has neither. Strange business this is.
So being that I am confined to my bed I have managed to pull out my Twinkling H20's (which I simply cannot get enough of lately) and set myself up (like Frida) and have gone to work (when I am feeling good enough to do so).
I found this lovely little magazine called "Birds and Blooms" and the front cover had a gorgeous photo of a Monarch butterfly perched upon a burnt umber sunflower. I knew I had to give it a try and paint it. I was surprised it turned out so good as I had never before used the "China Black" Twinkling H20. I wasn't certain that it would be black like I needed it to be for the Monarch but 'low and behold' (whatever that means??) it turned out beautifully! I was extremely pleased with the outcome. I cannot recommend Luminarts Twinkling H20 watercolors enough! They are so smooth to work with and shimmer like you wouldn't believe!
I don't know why fairies have been on my mind so much... they are so mystical and beautiful... it must be that I have recently visited with my gorgeous little nieces (whom I already miss dearly!) and gifted them with some fairy crafts that have got me thinking about them. I am also reading the Twilight series (click on the list on the right to purchase from Amazon) (HIGHLY RECOMMEND AS WELL)... and the story is very mystical also, and romantic and nothing violently gross like most vampire stories! Anyway... off topic (shiny object!)... never mind... to continue...
fairies... right... I decided to draw this little beauty and name her "Autumn" (I know, original isn't it!) lol.
We have had such a fabulous September that fall has gently come upon us sweeping leaves through the parks... we have been able to enjoy the changing of season in the sunshine and abnormal high temperatures for Calgary. Our usual fall tends to happenstance upon us with a gigantic dump of snow which means we do not get to see the beautiful trees gently changing before us... it's summer then BAM! it's winter for six to eight months (depending upon the year)! Needless to say... this fall has thus far been beautiful and inspiring and the reason for my naming my new fairy "Autumn".
I hope you enjoy her!
Happy Creating Everyone!



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18 comments:

Tammy said...

Hope you both are on the mend and the rest of the family stay healthy. Great job with the monarch! I love the fairy!

ks owens said...

Lovely butterfly!! It looks real enough to touch. Hope you are feeling better soon :-)

Maggie Dragonmoon said...

Lovely work, Kelly! I love the sunflower, but I love the fairy too. Hope you feel better soon!

Margaret (mereridkat)

Melanie said...

I am here from the yahoo art journaling group ... I would love to be able to draw like this! She and the butterfly are just gorgeous! Really and truly magical.

Gary said...

Wow - sorry you aren't feeling well - but so productive. Wonderful pages. It's great how art supplies themselves can be the motivator, I guess it means you are on to something!

Mar said...

hope everyone is on the mend!
both paintings are lovely!
i am especially fond of faeries
:)
they have a lot of mystique

Ashlyn said...

I love butterflies and fairies!! You've done a wonderful job!! They are both very beautiful!!

Oh, I love this song!!!!!!!!!!!
(More Beautiful You by Jonny Diaz)

I listen to K-love and I heard this song the other day and got goose bumps!! Great choice!!

Big Hugs, Ashlyn

freebird said...

Great fairy. I have some cheap sparkly watercolors and they don't flow smoothly. I'll have to check out the H2O's.

Hope you feel better soon and your son too. Strep tests kept getting returned as negative for my daughter till once she had trouble breathing through the swelling and I took her to the emergency room. The doctor did the normal test which came out negative but he thought she had strep so he did another test and yep, she had strep!

Susan Hosken said...

Kelly, Hope you are well soon. I am doing a little story book on fairies. Loved seeing yours.
Lots of love from susan in australia

srhosken.blogspot.com
susanhosken.blogspot.com

Susan Hosken said...

Kelly, Hope you are well soon. I am doing a little story book on fairies. Loved seeing yours.
Lots of love from susan in australia

srhosken.blogspot.com
susanhosken.blogspot.com

Susan Hosken said...

Kelly, Hope you are well soon. I am also doing a fairy book. Love your fairy.

Lots of love from susan in australia

srhosken.blogspot.com
susanhosken.blogspot.com

Susan Hosken said...

Kelly, Hope you are well soon. I am also doing a fairy book. Love your fairy.

Lots of love from susan in australia

srhosken.blogspot.com
susanhosken.blogspot.com

LisaC said...

Kelly, both your butterfly and your fairy are gorgeous. I can't believe it's with twinkling h20's. I didn't know they performed that well. Of course the artist helps :-) I love fairies as well, especially in relation to trees and flowers. You did a great job.

Melissa S. said...

Both gorgeous....great detail! You are very talented. I am also a twinkling H2O fan!

The Gypsy said...

I adore butterflies and fairies, too, and your are very nice. Hope you feel better soon. I have only just recovered from a strong flu - it really knocled me out!

Phyllis said...

Wow - love your sunflower and butterfly!

Creative Mish said...

I love Birds and Blooms! Great photo's in it! Your Butterflies are amazing.... Fabulous job! hope you're feeling better!

dibujandoarte said...

Hi! Thanks for your visit. You've got a wonderful blog! Hope you'll get better very very soon! Take care, Martín.