Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Monarchs Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  I hope you all are doing fab today.  I just wanted to pop in and share a canvas that I just created for a fundraiser.

I didn't have anything in my inventory that I thought would have a broad enough appeal for the auction so I created this beauty.

This is a large 18"x24" canvas that I upcycled.  It was actually a mass produced canvas for a children's room.

To repurpose, I applied several layers of gesso, then book text wrapping paper from the dollar section of Target.  After that I began adding color.  I only had 24hrs notice so I went for my favorite go to colors.

I was inspired by Lenny Kravitz' Fly Away so I wanted to create something with dragonflies but as I was searching through photos, I came across a beautiful pic of monarchs.

So at that point my vision changed to these lovely monarchs.

Here's a closer look at the finished butterflies.

I found the PERFECT quote: Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing... Camille Pissaro.

What a great artist quote right.  I absolutely LOVE it!

I'm super happy with the way this turned out.  I hope you like it too!  Thank you for stopping by :D

The original sold at the auction but you can get an art print here: Monarchs


  1. This is so beautiful and that quote is so perfect!

  2. Norma, your Monarchs are just beautiful, and as colorful as in real life. I'm sure it was a big hit at the auction. I have never been able to get the colors right on a monarch, but will use your painting as inspiration to try again. I have been following your son's music and performances on FB, you must be so proud. Take care and keep up the good work.

  3. This is stunning!!! They look as if they are about to just fly off the canvas, beautiful. TFS


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