Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So Many Eyes I Can See With

"So Many Eyes I Can See With"
Watercolor/Digital Art

Newest creation unveiled. I was looking at several books on how to paint peacocks. I had a pretty decent photo of the bird with his feathers all spread out, which appealed to me. There is something about feathers that open up in all their glory. (Symbolically, opening up ourselves and letting all our gifts unfold to the universe). One of the artists from his book said to draw all the lines (for the back tail feathers) with a ruler. I did as he said, then redrew the lines on the computer free form. I love the ideas of others, but guess I still like to do my own thing. Need to keep that unique stamp!
I pooped out on making the many eyes on the feathers, so decided to just do a few and leave the rest to the viewer to fill in. They can always be added later, if I so choose! I also brightened up the four "eyes" because I felt like there was deeper meaning there that I wanted to present. (Window to the Soul, for example). I'm not sure if I like the title, but for now it seems to fit my present mood. My only regret is that I didn't make this painting bigger (it's about 8"x10" or so); those tail feathers might have looked more impressive in a bigger format. Next time!
Finally, I looked up the meaning of the peacock on the internet and got this:

Contemplate the powers of the Peacock when you need more vibrancy and vitality in your experience. The Peacock can also help you on your spiritual Path, and breath new life into your walk of faith.

The Peacock can rejuvenate self-esteem levels too. If you’re feeling “blah” and blue, imagine the glorious, techno-color display the Peacock provides. This puts us in a proper mood to embrace your own nobility. In no time, you’ll be walking tall and proud as a Peacock too!

PEACOCK symbolism: astral body consciousness - inward immersion - point of transformation - outward expression integration - purification - transmutation

All good deeper meaning kind of words which made me happy I had chosen the peacock as my next creation to paint! My rather "blah" feeling lately seemed to disappear when I let the paints fly! Note to Bev: KEEP CREATING!

A new painting to add to my bird menagerie. I hope all the chirping won't disturb the neighbors!


Doris said...

I really like it! It's mesmerizing as the eyes are supposed to be. There is much much more to the peacock symbol. It is used to signify everlasting life in scriptural paintings. And vanities.

butterfly woman said...

Thanks so much Doris!
Yes, I'm feeling that there is a deeper underlying spiritual voice that is drawing me to paint certain subjects these days. And then, I read the words (symbolism) and it all makes sense. I paint unconsciously, then conscious external cues verify the creation and I learn more. Everlasting life, vanities: interesting contrasts which makes the bird even more intriguing!

Jean said...


You Better! I am so thrilled with how well your Etsy shop has done in such a short time! Wishing you a prosperous and positive 2010!!
Jean :)

Suz said...

Oh Bev fantastic
I love your birds
and their meanings
I think it would be fun to watch you paint

Laura said...

it sounds like along the way while we stay busy,creating our dreams come true...