Saturday, March 13, 2010

Seagull in Flight


"Seagull in Flight"
Watercolor on 140 lb cold-pressed paper

Have been in a photo mode lately due to recent photo exhibit. I often struggle a bit to transistion to other mediums after I've been immersed in one for awhile. I did so want to paint, was feeling the urge. Also, I was pondering subject matter. What to paint, what to paint, what has meaning to me? Oh no my inspiration is gone, I'll never create again. Oh oh monkey mind coming in to add to the choir singing in my head. A choir is happy, joyful, spiritual so maybe just say the racket spouting off in the brain.

But birds always seem to call to me and after combing through 1,000's of photos yes 1000's, I found this photo taken last Summer. I was lazilly sitting near a dock basking in the sun, yet with eyes open for something stunning to focus the camera on. Well, after hours had passed, the bird posed for me quite nicely. Outstretched wings, flying in the sky symbolizing myself stretching my wings, embracing changes and soaring to new places. Gotta have personal meaning for me to create too. External image transformed into my heart, alchemy process and voila inspiration unfolds.

The face of the bird started out rather detailed as I began the painting process and then as I got to the feathers I decided to leave a more impressionistic feel to them. Besides, I was starting to get a bit lazy (no, we''ll call it dreamy-in the zone) which sounds more positive to me. The background I left pretty much white except for a few pink thin swirls here and there. I like the illustrative quality that the white background gives to the subject.

Well, the bird looks like he is soaring down but my take on this is that he's already attained some spiritual insight on a higher plane and is now coming back to earth to share his newfound knowledge/gifts with those who are grounded below. Hm, I suppose this sounds a little airy fairy but it feels right to me in my heart. Happy Weekend All!

64 comments:

april said...

He's wonderful. Spiritual, yes! He has his sights on us and he makes me feel good, Bev.

april said...

I've been itching to paint lately too.

Laura said...

Oh Bev there is something about yoru water colors that is always so beautiful I think the brush strokes done with the feathery appeal to me the most.. wonderful just wonderful

butterfly woman said...

Yes seagull is watching over all of us, making sure we stay on our path, the path with heart. Thank you April I hope to see some of your paintings again soon. Spring = paintings? maybe!

Laura,
I appreciate your words about my watercolors. I find that I start out detailed with the brush and then go into the "zone" and the feathery brushstrokes take over. At that point, it really feels magical, like angels are guiding my moves.The ego moves to the heart.

Elena said...

Love it Bev! There is such strength in his form; a determination for the flight. Yes, angels do guide you my friend. And with your work you inspire others.

Marjorie said...

He is wonderful and so graceful soaring in air with nice colors too. I know what you mean about having to have some kind of inspiration to be able to do a piece of art whether it be a painting or whatever- even calligraphy! I have to have a vision or something I guess. YOur vision paid off with him.

Marjorie said...

Oh, forgot to sign- 'Seagull"!

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Doris said...

"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things." Edgar Degas
I think we can compare your feathers to a dancers tutu.

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