Mixed Media Artist

The Butterfly Hat

This is a 20″x24″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted coral. This painting will be part of an upcoming show in November. SOLD

This painting pays homage to Alexander McQueen. It is inspired by a Philip Treacy hat that was used in an Alexander McQueen show that, ironically, was paying homage to his muse, Isabella Blow, who loved to wear hats.
God, I loved this man’s clothes/art. When he died earlier this year I was so saddened by the loss of a true genius in our own time. Somehow, it was all too much for him to bare and even though he was loved immensely, I guess, it just wasn’t enough. It just couldn’t out weigh the pain he must have been feeling. So sad and such a waste. Suicide always is.

I hope Mr McQueen would like this painting. I tried not to make it high fashion. Just a girl, wearing a butterfly hat, what could be more ordinary?
Can you imagine if we all wore hats like the Royals or the fashionistas ? What could be better.

It makes me think about the young fifteen year old that gets a drive to school with Imogen everyday. Scarlett and I wait at the window to catch a glimpse of her ensamble as she gets in our car. Today she was wearing a day glow tutu, striped socks, kitty ears AND the tail. I laughed because last week Chris told me that she was all excited about the upcoming school events in celebration of Halloween. (ALREADY!?)
He looked at me, kind of amazed and said that he just couldn’t help wondering what the heck she was going to dress up like.
“A normal kid, perhaps?” he quipped.

(This from a man who once had black hair on one side of his head and white on the other – doesn’t batman have a nemesis like that? Just saying).

ANYWAY, I look forward to finding out what she is going to dress up like but, I have to be honest, it makes me appreciate the fact that I am still putting Imogen’s clothes out the night before. I know, that it is not going to last long!

I am pretty sure that Scarlett is thinking; ” Hmmm, I love the way her ears match her tail.” She’ll be picking out her own clothes in grade two, no doubt, and I am fairly sure that the fashion show she is getting five days a week will prove to be extremely inspirational.


8 responses

  1. Hilary

    What a wonderful picture. I love the Butterflies. I finally have managed to get your posts directly into my inbox hence my rapid comment!!

    September 23, 2010 at 4:53 am

  2. Seriously mesmerized by this one. LOVE the butterflies. The hat looks alive.

    September 23, 2010 at 5:29 am

  3. Marjolaine Flaherty

    I’m in awe.

    September 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

  4. Sabrina O'Donnell

    Maria, I really really love this one!!
    I think growing up with the middle name Butterfly I often thought of myself being adorned with them.
    Having you ever read the children’s book
    Butterflies and Bottlecaps by Vladyana
    this story reminds me of the girl in the painting.

    September 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

  5. Beautiful!!!

    September 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

  6. Shelly

    Great story! A testimony that the truth is stranger than fiction…

    LOVE the hat, in its amazing 3-D glory! Butterfly woman is keeper of the pathways of change. She speaks to us on how to accelerate transformation. What better way to embrace transformation, than by WEARING it, and OWNING it?

    September 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

  7. Irene

    Stumbled upon this randomly, I love it! Great job!

    June 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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