I then started to think about what I could see on the wall of my bedroom.
As an artist I find that I have "vision"-type moments, where I can actually see a painting in my mind before I create it. It is a strange process- and it usually happens when I am not "trying", typically while doing something unrelated. As I get older, and more trusting of myself as an artist- I find these moments really exciting. My end product is not typically the same as the original "vision" but there are always elements of it within the finished piece.
This original mural (in my head) started off as ferns- or silhouettes of ferns with butterflies flying around them. The "goal" was for a flat landscape/design that replicated high-end wallpaper.
The bug inspiration came from the AMAZING artist Irene Hardwicke Olivieri - here is a clip of her work- check out her website to see more- so totally inspiring!
(I did not get permission to post this on my blog- so please go visit her site if you have any questions/inquiries- thanks!)
The painting that really set me off on a bug-spin is called When you choose one you are letting all the rest go , 1997 oil on wood. (I could not find the image and do not have a scanner)- but it is a portrait of a woman, shoulders-up who has this wig/helmet that is made of finely detailed bugs- mostly beetles. It's crazy-cool.
I always like to share my ideas with B- especially since this one was for our bedroom- (where he also sleeps every night)- and he was not so keen on the butterflies. So....the butterflies then turned into beetles...the inspiration for those came from one of Zella's books on bugs-