Digital painting and photo texture.
I love the idea that the small rabbit has become terrified of his own shadow, failing to recognize his own projection. This is both literal and symbolic; the shadow self/unconscious, etc.
The shadow rabbit escapes with plans of his own, he has a purpose.
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Digital drawing/painting (rough sketches created individually, then collaged into a larger piece)...
Imagine there's a part of you that has become split off, or trapped somewhere else in time. The past, perhaps. Most likely. I think that they are aspects of the same person, struggling to become whole. The floating girl is that missing part of the self which haunts dreams and possibly even the places of the past where she still walks. Always looking for an answer.
I wonder about the ghosts which belong to the souls of those still living.
The following image came together whilst playing with 'leftovers' from the one above. I really love the black cat!
Digital painting and collage.
A reworked older image from 2007.
Another kind of changeling. She doesn't quite belong to the human world, feeling more at home in the presence of slowly growing, silent things. She prefers to speak without sound. She also reminds me of myself as a child; the emotion more than the face. This could also be interpreted as a loss of innocence, a wish to return to the bliss of unknowing.
Digital illustration & collage.
Will possibly discuss this later....need to sleep x
Later: I will ramble, as always. I wanted to merge the fairy tale theme with alchemy. 'The Storytellers' concerns transition, which has kind of become the main theme of my work in recent months; an ongoing process of change, renewal, metamorphosis. Sometimes something has to be brought to an abrupt end to be able to begin again, to become revitalised. The dome, scissors and playing card represent the sensation of feeling trapped (by fate, circumstance, domesticity, whatever you wish) whilst the egg, heart and cosmic surroundings promise hope and liberation........ Because that potential is always there, in the heart/art and mind, however unyeilding our circumstances may seem.
And even later: Having thought a little more about this following a comment over at flickr, I also want to add that the symbols within my images almost always concern my own life and dreams, my memories (or loss of) or desires. Scissors and blood would generally represent a cutting of ties, or an ending of some sort, never actual violence. In this case, the storytellers have the potential to escape the apparent safety of their 'dome', whilst the egg kind of symbolises freedom and new beginnings. So let's see if they have the guts to fly!
The playing cards always represent something very personal to me. They are either the seven of spades or the seven of hearts, and work as polar opposites. I am also - as may be obvious by now - extremely fascinated by the writings of C. Jung and Marie Louise Von Franz, especially her interpretations of fairytales. In this sense the seven of spades connects to the what lies hidden, unconscious, or concerning dreams. The seven of hearts relates to what has become conscious, emotional content and clarity.
I hope that this doesn't just read like a pile of fanciful claptrap, because I am not sure of any other way to describe the meaning of my images! x
Brand new prints and things (also available here). Documenting my candle obsession. Birthday cards and small gifts (notebooks from Waterstones). I never quite capture the prints in focus! Speaking of bad quality images, I also have an instagram account @dansedelune if you are interested in taking a look. I am currently using an old ipod touch camera (stubbornly won't update my phone for the sake of instagram, heh) so the images are really fuzzy, but it's still fun. x
Something cute (if a bit odd!) for the weekend.
Lily Bear, or the Birthday Bear, I can't decide. Not sure whether to go with oval or square (again) either. Will test how they appear in print.
She may seem a little bit silly cropped but the full version is quite cute. Quite a bit more work to do on the dress, perhaps. Will probably complete tomorrow evening. This may be presented within an oval, similarly to Birdie from a previous post....I love the idea of a set!
Thankyou to everyone who took part, and especially for the lovely, thoughtful words (and poetry!)
I asked a friend to pick a number between between 1 and 29: they chose 15.
And so the winner is 'Freya'!
Just contact me via email and I shall be able to ship out this weekend.
I intend to make this into a monthly thing, so shall keep you up to date with regards to the next giveaway both here and Facebook!
Thanks again x