Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Butterflies are free to fly.

{my word for 2012}

After living in my head for several months now, this idea finally made its way out and through my hands last weekend. I've wanted to use this line from Elton John's song because I just loved the sense of carefree, amazing freedom that it conjured up for me.


Before putting these words on my canvas, I looked up the lyrics and was a little disappointed when I read the rest of the words to this song. Turns out, it's a song about some crazy break up and really wanting OUT of a situation.


Hm.
Did I think twice about going ahead with it and using these words? Yep.
And even though I know better now, I still choose to hold on to my blissful ignorance.


Besides, it's too late to turn back now.


The glue is dry.

24 comments:

Sian said...

A bit of re-interpretation seems perfectly fine to me :) and it looks very lovely too

scrappyjacky said...

Well....whatever the original meant....your interpretation is wonderful.

helena said...

to paraphrase from alice in wonderland 'when I use words they mean what I want them to mean' ! A beautiful piece

debs14 said...

We all know what you meant in using them so we'll ignore the rest of the song! Lovely canvas.

Jimjams said...

I love the lyric - very beautiful with your canvas - don't worry about the rest of the song!

Cheri said...

I echo the sentiments of everyone who came before me... the canvas is absolutely gorgeous and I wouldn't have known the song was anything other than free and light-hearted if you hadn't told me.

Cheri said...

P.S. Guess the kitty didn't think much of the canvas...

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Beautiful Deb! It's always ok in art to take what you like and leave the rest. Art is about interpretation, not copying.

Carrie Rosalind said...

I love your artwork, but I must admit that when you sent me the picture I was a little bummed that you hadn't used Jason Mraz's "Butterfly" lyrics...though I suppose his are a bit more suggestive. Maybe on your next one you could use "Kiss me with your eyelashes tonight?"

Mom said...

Love the art and the sentiment. I'm not familiar with the entire song but so happy you chose the pretty part for your canvas! Beautiful job, my sweet! Love you! xo

Alison said...

I totally agree with everyone else Deb...you make the words your own when you use them for inspiration..and the canvas DOES look lovely!
Alison xx

Amanda said...

I'm often inspired by song lyrics too. You like those words so that's all that matters and those looking at your beautiful canvas will never know about the rest of the song.

I hope your sweet cat didn't do any lasting damage to your canvas?

Beverly said...

I love Helena's Alice quote :) The canvas is gorgeous but please whisper to WJ a reminder to stay out of trouble ;)

Jo.C said...

Just wanted to say you won the Art Saves book on my blog for Pass the Book so I have your address now and will send it this week :0)
Don't think you need the inspiration looking at this fabulous canvas. Beautiful x

Karen said...

Beautiful canvas. This screams Deb to me and I wouldn't have known the rest of the lyrics.

Amy said...

Helena has it in one!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the colors in the canvas - awesome shades of pink, blue and green. I love the part of the lyrics you picked out, too. "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboys" was one of the first albums I ever owned, and I listened to it over & over again. I've always thought of the song as describing the kind of freedom you only get once you realize who you are and are unwilling to let others define you.
Seems pretty perfect to me,
Rinda

Irene said...

It's amazing how those boys from Liverpool have inspired so many people in so many ways through their music. Your beautiful canvas is a great reminder of that fact. Now the question is, Where will you hang it?

Sue Althouse said...

So you've also got a cat who likes to walk on your work! Can't get the song out of my head....beautiful work!

Margaret said...

Sad song or not, it's still a nice line and a nice idea. It's importance not to lose yourself in someone else. Butterflies may be free, but that doesn't mean they HAVE to fly away.

Ginger said...

Deb - I think this piece is stunning! Isn't it great to create what was in the mind and I bet it is satisfying!

ella@lifeologia said...

What a beautiful work of art!
I see a beautiful talent here taking flight just like a real butterfly....

ps. I love butterflies ;) I would totally love to see that as a print on my wall ;)
xo

Becky said...

I think it's fine! I quite often use the 'nice' bits of songs if they are relevant, even if the rest, when you look into it, don't carry the same meaning. Lovely canvas :)

Becky said...

I think it's fine! I quite often use the 'nice' bits of songs if they are relevant, even if the rest, when you look into it, don't carry the same meaning. Lovely canvas :)

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