Thursday, March 3, 2011

Celestial Swarm

"Celestial Swarm"   16x20   mixed media on canvas
(prints available in my etsy shop)

When I googled the word "swarm" (Illustration Friday's theme) I was amazed at all of the photos of swarming butterflies!  (I had no idea they did that!)  It seemed almost otherworldly, which led me to incorporate Inspiration Avenue's "celestial" theme...  That is how my mixed media painting "Celestial Swarm" was born.

I had lots of fun playing with textures and patterns...

This is how the painting started out.  I am really getting into layers lately...

What are you getting into?

Don't forget to mark your calendar - Paint Party Friday starts on March 18th!


  1. BEAUTIFUL! I am so inspired by your reverse painting techniques - and loved seeing your Q & A below - how cool that you use house paints! It's wonderful catching up with you and I will check out the paint party link now. xoxo

  2. these butterflies make me soooo happy! Oh what a beautiufl piece, Kristin. xo

  3. Lovely lovely messengers of SPRING! It must be right around the corner with these lovelies flying about!

    Love this piece and sooo glad I did not miss the post below that talks about your process when you paint / create! You use HOUSE PAINT!??? I couldn't believe it when I read that!
    You are one interesting artist!
    Congrats on being featured - you sure deserve it!


  4. Your butterflies are beautiful.

  5. Oh Kristin I love the butterflies!! Beautiful!! :)

  6. I am not exactly swarming but I have found myself inspired by the exquisite butterfly. These fragile translucent creatures fill my heart with hope. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  7. as always - beautiful and inspiring!
    cheers, dana

  8. Your butterflies made me smile! Thank you for your lovely comment in my blog. xm

  9. Kristin, this is fabulous! The colors really pop, and you've used one of my favorite color combinations. Wow!

  10. kristin, I'm into patterns: mine and everybody else's!


  11. This is magical! I love the technique you used ~ so interesting.

    Thanks for playing at Inspiration Avenue this week...I hope you will join us again!

  12. "Celestial Swarm" is an inspired title and beautiful! I do love butterflies and I like the combination of colours and pattern you've used.

    I wanted to start Paint Party Friday this week because on Friday afternoon I had a mad painting session. I'll class it as limbering up ready for the main event.

    Kat :-)

  13. This is a beautiful piece. I really like the background and the butterflies are amazing. Very nice.

  14. your swarm is so lovely!
    and the many many flowers is beautiful.
    if you want to know what I am up to.... since you asked, visit my blog ;-}

  15. This is an amazing piece of work...Bravo xox

  16. I love this. I have seen butterfly swarms in a field. One landed on me, it was awesome.

  17. Gorgeous! I love it. So glad you could play in the IA challenge.

  18. I love layers, and I LOVE this piece! Beautiful.



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