How time flies...and so does the dragonfly. That is the theme of purse number two. Dragonflies have always been an inspiration for me. When I look at this beautiful little creature I cannot help but admire its many colors. It's ability to move. Did you know that Dragonflies can move at a 4 miles per hour speed? I am the artist of this purse as well and it's lush color of aqua led me to this artwork. I wanted to capture the whimsical feeling that a dragonfly gives me whenever it has whizzed past me on so many occasions. I wanted her eyes to reflect self realization...hence they are bigger and more whimsy. The background just became second nature to where I felt she would be flying most. I used DecoArt So-Soft Fabric Paints along with DecoArt's Leather paints. If you look closely at her wings and eyes, you will notice that they have an extraordinary shine to them. I really wanted them to look like glass so I used a product from DecoArt called Liquid Glass. The dragonfly exhibits iridescence both on its wings as well as on its body. Iridescence is the property of an object to show itself in different colors and I hoped that the glass effect helped to capture that.
As an artist, I have been fortunate enough to continue to grow with my artwork. I have been painting for more than 35 years and never had any formal training. I love learning each day something new that I can apply to my artwork. There is nothing more thrilling than being able to look at something I am working on and getting a sense of pride. To look at a piece and smile. Hoping that perhaps that piece will do the same for someone who is viewing my piece. This dragonfly makes me chuckle. Her wide eyes make me think of myself....always looking for something new.
The fact that this purse will be auction off for such a wonderful cause makes it all worth while. If you haven't read the other posts...these purses will be auctioned off for charity. I am on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council and they are sponsoring this event. The purses will go on a traveling display from Oct. till Dec. 2nd when they will be auctioned off. The proceeds will benefit Wings charity. These repurposed purses are being painted by various artists. I hope that you will continue to follow their journey here and perhaps one of them will speak to you. I will be posting a purse a week and will also post their transformations. Follow along...I will be posting their upcoming travels along with a page with all of them in the end. If you are interested in one of them, you can send in a secret bid....contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
With that being said....let me introduce you to DRAGONFLY.