I didn't have the desire or drive to create it then but I'm finally getting to it now.
Fellow blogger, Katie, sent me a very kind, handwritten letter last year and I wanted to send something in return. What better than Mail Art!
Since she's used the screen name "Phoenix" in the past and a firebird as a blogging avatar, I thought it'd be an appropriate image for my artwork to her.
Here's what I mailed out.....
Markers and ink on standard mailing envelope - 5 1/4" x 7 1/4"
I've been a fan of the phoenix mythos since childhood. My first exposure to it was from the X-Men comics when Jean Grey becomes the fabled firebird.
The challenge was to get the flames to glow yet still have depth using just yellows and oranges.
Additional colors were snuck into the dark background to help break up all that black.
A fiery feather on the backside!
This piece has special meaning for me too. It'll be the first artwork I've done this year and represents getting back to my art (slowly but surely).
Set to flame.
The past gone in a burning heap.
Only to be born anew from the ashes.
More vibrant and radiant than before.
Fly on, Katie....like a phoenix.