Friday, March 16, 2012

Like a phoenix.


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.

12 comments:

naturgesetz said...

Very impressive.

Fly on, Dean!

R. Burnett Baker said...

Fantastic mail art! I still have the one you sent me, and it's on my desk. I'm still trying to find a floating fram and stand that I can display it showing both sides...

And I'd say "Fly on, Dean!" Get to creation, for that's why you're here!

rick

Mitch Block said...

Spectacular, Dean! Wow. Wow. Wow!

Katie said...

Thank you so much, Dean! This is gorgeous. I'm glad the phoenix means as much to you as it did to me. Although, I felt the name was no longer appropriate, having reached the next stage in my life, it will always be a part of me.
Thank you once again,
Phoenix

Katie said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I wish I could have these to send out to people. You could/should be an illustrator.

becca said...

wow that is amazing it's so beautiul

Kinz-e said...

Wow... That's amazing. Katie loved it :)

Dean Grey said...

naturgesetz!

Thanks!

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Rick!

They sell small floating frames at Target and Michaels. I'm not sure if they're exactly what you'r looking for but check out those places first.

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Mitch!

*blushes*

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Katie (Phoenix)!

Well, to me, the phoenix is cyclical and symbolizes rebirth and renewal and those things can come into our lives over and over again.

That firebird may fly into your life yet again down the road!

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Katie!

I'm planning on doing another Mail Art series where I send out multiples of one item, similar to my Mail Art hearts from a couple years back:

Sending a little love in the mail.

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Becca!

I'm glad you like it!

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Kinz-e!

(^_^)

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All of your comments are greatly appreciated!

-Dean

Mind Of Mine said...

I love the burning feather!

Dean, we haven't had the chance to chat in so long!

Maggie said...

thats so great!!

Nicholas said...

Right on.

Dean Grey said...

Mind Of Mine!

The burning feather is a favorite of mine too.

We'll have to chat soon, Ian!

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Maggie!

Yay!

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Nicholas!

Totally. LOL

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I appreciate all of you chiming in here!

-Dean