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My November Challenge: Totem Feathers

I hope you are enjoying soaking up all the creative awesome from the November challengers. Of course, I could not very well create a challenge on my own blog without also participating in it myself! So here’s a few shots of my project for the month… a hand-painted, hand-cut totem feather!

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So the story on this one is that my other piece was not done. lol. To be more specific, I need some “fresh” sparrow wings in order to do an imprint on the painting. I have always found it cool to give things a new life… I love salvage art for sure, but also in the more morbid arena of giving dead things a new life. In case this makes you wonder, no, I don’t have a freaky collection of taxidermic critters. ;) But I do have some bones, skulls, feathers, and other such elements hanging around. So for the painting (since I am not up to taking out the BB gun in the name of art) I am essentially still playing the waiting game with Daisy the cat until she decides to get hungry. ;)

To experiment with other ways to do the wing print, I gathered some feathers from a turkey vulture last week that had met an unfortunate end from a car on the highway… the things we do in the name of art! Here I am, on the phone with my best friend, running across the highway to snatch up this horribly stinky gross bird carcass. Phone in one hand, dead bird dangling by the wingtips from the other, I run back across the street and next to the truck. “Oh god, it stinks!” I am saying over and over to my girlfriend on the other end of the line. She’s having a good laugh and supporting my weirdness, as she always does! I grab one of Drew’s pocket knives (still supporting my art even from Heaven, thanks babe <3) and cut off a bunch of the larger feathers . Finally, I toss the nasty thing off to the side of the road and promptly drove home to wash my hands. ick!

The loose feathers didn’t work out for the wing print unfortunately, it just looked too forced when I tested it. But now I had all these feathers, so I thought “Hmmm what can I do with these??”  Voila… totem feathers!

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I imagine these to be great tokens to have around you in your studio or workspace as you are focusing on taking flight with your dreams. The white dots represent a white light or spiritual energy that surrounds the colors – which are meant to represent parts of ourself. For me, these three colors represent passion, positivity, and serenity. I’ll be sure to have it up in my studio space bringing me good vibes from now on, and am excited to make some more of these! For me, this is what monthly projects are about… without the monthly challenge, I would have never ended up at this result!

 

Much thanks to Mr. Turkey Vulture, who likely never imagined in a million years that his high-fliying plumage lovely would go on to become art after he passed on to an even higher place in the sky. =)

 

 

…and I painted

Today, for the first time since I was about twelve years old, I painted. What’s even more, I was lost in painting… swept off my feet in a dance of brush strokes undulating across the canvas. Feeding my heart as the colors mixed and blended and flowed together in ever-changing harmony. It was so refreshing to be lost in the moment of creating a thing – without caring about the end product.

Below are the two paintings I did today. I really have to thank Kelly Ray Roberts for her Flying Lessons e-course and all the amazing, inspiring women I am meeting through our group each day. I feel like I’ve been looking for a creative tribe like this for a long time. Their energy has really helped to put something beautiful back into my daily life as I move through my grief. Thank you lady flyers!

 


Both of these pieces are representative of the loss in my life right now – losing my fiancé, Drew in June of this year. You can read more about the symbolism of each painting here at my other blog our1000days.com

Through the years, I’ve drawn and sculpted and welded and thrown clay around. I’ve made rescued art and photographed and written lovely words… but painting has always been the one type of art I have shied away from. It has always intimidated me. It’s taken a few months of sitting here with paints and canvases taunting me before I finally had the courage to try. I’m glad I did, it was such fun!

I’ve also never really created visual art to express emotions I’m going through… my preferred method has always been words. This definitely opened up a new avenue for me – one I plan to continue with!

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