Friday, September 18, 2009

Illustration Friday "inifite"


The shape of the butterfly is very close to the shape of the infinity symbol. In some old cultures, butterflies also symbolize rebirth into a new life after being inside a cocoon for a period of time.The Ancient Greek word for "butterfly" is ψυχή (psȳchē), which primarily means "soul", "mind". Both possessing infinite qualities and possibilities. My submission for Illustration Friday's "infinite" theme is another stationary card for Monday Artday ATC's stationary group. This is called "Housefly". When I look at butterflies, I see flying houses, don't you?
We get to take care of the magnificent Mr. Tar for 2 whole weeks while his family goes to Italy. Felicita Strada or Happy Trails Meghan,Billy and Sullivan! I love Italy


copyright 2009 valerie walsh




31 comments:

Liz Jones said...

Love it!! Great take on the theme... and nice cat!
:D

Ellen Byrne said...

Very clever concept and observation regarding the infinity symbol and the butterfly and, as always, a great illustration, Valerie!

andrea pratt said...

The video is great! And I love your connection of the infinity symbol to the butterfly.

Ann Marie said...

I didn't see flying houses in butterflies before, but now I do! Lovely illustration! That is a beautiful cat, too!

Pepi said...

Me encanta la composicion de colores, es preciosa. Y muy bonita la visión que tienes sobre las mariposas. Que lindo gatito, su dueña estrá orgullosa, ya que seguro que lo has cuidado genial. Saludos.

Anonymous said...

i like your colorful houseflies or as some people call em butterflies: michaeal dailey

Ginger*:) said...

How wonderful.
The color, design and overall illustration is pure delight.

I love the painting, the commentary and the pictures of TAR. Tar must love you to stay put when his family is away.

If I ever have another cat I may name it Psyche as they do posses an infinite range of emotions .....

Bella Sinclair said...

Ah, such darling flutter-bys! How clever to put the wee little houses in there. I love these colors against the black.

Speaking of black, Mr. Tar looks like a lovable little guy. Enjoy!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love the idea of butterflies as an infinity symbol! Very cute.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Cute kitty too! :-D

Roberta Baird said...

You are just too clever Val..... I love this!

And what a beautiful cat, with such a clever and fitting name!

thedoodlegirl said...

I love the house butterflies! You are so clever. I hope you have fun with Mr. Tar!

cat said...

I never thought about the shape of the butterfly's resemplance before. I like that you put these colours against the black backdrop. It really sets the colours off.

Ces said...

AAAW! I love your IF illustration. Then again I love everything you do. When my right hand heals, may I exchange ATC with you please? Tsup!

kj said...

HEEHEEHEE! you've given a whole new definition to 'housefly'! i'll never hold a fly swatter again without thinking of you.

val, you love animals so much. i wonder sometimes when it will be time for rat to send you another animal of your very own?

xoxo

Connie said...

I love the 'no-nonsense' felt flowers! Is Tar not a wandering cat?! I want the house with the porch; when I grew up, our house didn't have a porch and I still want one!

erin said...

love the house pattern on the butterflies! Mr. Tar is exquisite!

ronni said...

ooh, this pic almost looks like felt pieces! Have fun cat sitting. He sounds fabulous.

froggie said...

oh, vallie! they ae sooo pretty! i love all the neg space...really sets them off. and you MUST let me draw mr tar...he's got a great shape and eyes!!!! :))

Ces said...

Hey Val, I love the sound of what you said. Will let me know? I kow it will be fun if you are in it! Have a wonderful week Val!

Ces said...

Hey Val, BTW, may I post your video on my blog? please? I will link your blog of course!

asperezas said...

joy and sense of space

wonderful

:-)

Art Fan Ako said...

You're a celebrity! If not, you look like one! Love the house and the process! As for the infinity entry, interesting texture on the paper and the butterflies are gorgeous!

Gai said...

I love how your mind works. Of course one thinks of a house. just lovely Valerie.

Rui Sousa said...

Really nice work, excellent choice for the topic!

Shirley said...

Very lovely piece for this prompt!

Indigene said...

Wonderful commentary and beautiful imagery! I love the cat's name, I'm still laughing about it! :)

serline said...

The butterfly looks like an angelfish with two whiskers to me. I like the contrast on the black texture background.

Lisa M Griffin said...

wonderful... looks like it could turn into a swatch of fabric if you worked it in a repeat. Thanks for sharing and happy cat sitting. =)

Peter Breese said...

Very nice and great name for the wee kitten. Dig the video! Bravo!

get zapped said...

Darling butterflies. Charming. And thanks for sharing the stunning black cat.