Butterfly on my Newspaper
Chalk Pastel on Newspaper,
Butterfly on my Newspaper
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Chalk Pastel on Newspaper
W: 260mm x H: 360mm
W: 10" x H: 14"
Approx. Weight: 1kg
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About "Butterfly on my Newspaper"
Inspiration to produce this artwork: butterflies, need I say anymore? Beautiful, intriguing, delicate butterflies.
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Cherie is an Artist with SouthAfricanArtists.com based in South Africa.
I felt that I was onto something bigger than painting aesthetically pleasing pictures when I started exploring spirals in 2008. Something drew me to cover my canvas with helical, patterned background to which I laid my subject atop. The application of this process/technique helped me to access a meditative state as well as providing a mesmerizing artwork.
After doing a bit of research on the word ‘spiral’, I found it’s definition rather mesmerizing too: Winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve, either around a central point on a flat plane or about an axis so: "a spiral pattern" — hence why when we see the ‘classic’ cartoon version of someone being hypnotized, it usually involves a black and white spiral.
Spirals are not only a poignant form of sacred geometry (as can be seen in the golden means ratio) but also a means to get to an alternate state of consciousness. After exploring these ornate backgrounds with various themes, I found that the most popular subject matter was the poppy (both for me and my clients) — intricate, fragile and captivating. I have to agree with Eckhart Tolle who said that flowers could be seen as the enlightenment of plants.
I wanted my art to be a subliminal reminder to reconnect to the innate whilst providing a passion for existential exploration — looking beyond the label and seeing straight to the core.
I work primarily with acrylics but love to experiment with mixed media too. I mainly stick to realism with a splash of impressionism.
Nature is a big part of my life — I’m an outdoors girl — which is why it plays a massive part of my self-expression. I use bright, bold colours and intricate motifs in my work because this is how I see nature and the world around me — it’s a palette of unbelievable hues and a continuous foundation of inspiration.
The story behind my work is simple: Appreciate this life by looking deeper into the natural world — you will find your place of stillness and peace there, allowing you to merge with your intrinsic essence.
Energy and vibration are also vital components of my work. We all engage with energetic and vibratory exchange continuously, art is no different. I am a published self-empowerment author and I live by the principle that everything is energy — energy cannot be destroyed, only transmuted.
The musician in me also infuses my art with sound and explores the vibrations of different auditory genres and composers — from classical music to rock.
In 2011 I began my ‘Rock Art Series’ which is a collection of 10 bands and 10 paintings — taking my top 10 most influential bands and manifesting the emotions of the music onto canvas.
This is proving to be the most tantalizing project of my career to date. These paintings are pushing me to explore my filtration of the feelings behind each artiste’s music and opening a Pandora’s Box from war wounds to raw female betrayal. The feedback from a selection of my audience has been overwhelming as they’ve resonated with the emotions behind each piece simply by looking at it before they read my detailed blog about the inner workings.
This collection has a way of speaking for itself and inducing whatever message was initially infused into the music. I am currently half way through this project.
My journey is getting progressively more intriguing — I’m now concentrating on the concept of ‘healing’ through capturing sound and transmuting it visually. This has perfectly merged my three passions in life — art, music and self-empowerment teachings.
Cherie Roe Dirksen is a Self-Empowerment Author and Multi-Media Artist from Cape Town, South Africa. She works from home and lives with her husband in the picturesque village of Welcome Glen which provides her with infinite inspiration for her chosen career in art, music and literature.
She grew up and attended school in Fish Hoek, a sleepy little coastal town on the Cape Point route. She took art lessons with local artist, Veronica Vincent, and later on — in her senior years of education — attended the Frank Joubert Art Center in Newlands where she pottered with ceramics and sculpture for 2 years.
After leaving school she became a qualified Interior Decorator through the Sheffield School of Interior Design and worked in a few local framing consultants/galleries and art shops. In 1999 she left the art world in pursuit of music and joined a band called The Bends. They brought out 2 CD’s — ‘7 Days’ and ‘Uncomplicated’ before Cherie and her husband decided to move to the UK.
After a 3 year escapade to the English countryside in 2002, Cherie rekindled her love for art and started to paint and sell her work online — a new cyber adventure that would later prove to be the most incredible career move of her life.
She returned to her homeland in 2005 and started painting and selling her art online full-time.
In 2010 she wrote her first self-empowerment novel, ‘Divine You — Redefining Love in the New Earth’, and it was accepted for publication by Raider Publishers in New York. Her second novel, ‘Carpe Diem or Bust — A Spiritual Guide to the Good Life’, came out in 2013. She has also self-published 2 table books of art and inspirational teachings.
In 2009 she brought out her first mood music instrumental CD called ‘Nature Calling’.
Cherie is a pioneer of online art marketing and combines her love of art for her passion to write and help others to find their creative spark. She runs her own site and blog where she has a following of over 8000 people and guest writes for popular sites such as Purpose Fairy and Creativity Portal.
She is best known for her ability to paint exotic, emotive and colourful scenes to music. Her devotion to capture human nature as well as the natural world in all its glory continuously bursts out of her art.
Frank Joubert Art Centre & Sheffield Interior Design School
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