Gift Art #5

Hey everyone!!

So I actually got this gift art done on Thursday, and it took about 2 hours for me to do, and by the time I took photos of it, I had to leave for a facial so I didn’t have time to get it up right then and there. And since I was a bit unmotivated last night and into much of today for blogging, I’m just getting to this post now… But, without further ado!!

This gift art #5 is for Jay and she requested the piece be colorful, so that is what I did!

Here it tis:


This piece is titled:

Freedom Locked Away

I used some metallic pens (gold, pink and blue), a Stabilo black pen and watercolor pencils all in this piece!

This piece features a bird cage (yes, that’s what that is) opening up with its chain mainly linking around the extended tree branch at the top.

This is a prime example of me drawing in pen and realizing part way through I want to add a detail I hadn’t thought of at the get go, annnnnd then that looking “off”. See, I did the chain BEFORE the branch and then I made up the rest of it so some of it actually DID loop around the branch 😉 Ah well though, I’m trying (and grappling) with keeping my art therapy nose involved so I don’t psyche myself out for a still awesome piece when they are AWESOME.

I did a wave of rainbow in the  background because COLOR and the bird cage is intertwined with the words:

Freedom Within

I used the concept here that Brene Brown, I believe, uses in her talks and in her book “The Gifts of Imperfection” that inherently we are worthy as is, right in the here and now. I think the additional concept is either within her book or in an article I read once, but the idea is that we don’t have to search for being “okay” because inherently within us we hold the power of ALREADY being okay.

So, I used that concept here in the sense that the freedom we feel is locked away from us, is actually WITHIN us, and whether or not the cage is open, our souls are already living and breathing freedom, even during the bad times when life throws us shitty emotions to deal with. To feel and experience life, is the freedom many of us so seek. And that beautiful gift is within our clutches already, just by being alive and surviving through all that we have.

Neat, huh? 😀

I kinda did this piece quickly again, so I only have one photo from before, but I can say I did the Freedom Within first, then built the cage, then the chain, the then the branch, the looping chain, the tree branch colored, the background one shade at a time, the flowers inside the cage, etc. So if you can imagine all that, you’re golden. At least I can! XD

I also did some of that line shade on the tree branch from having been looking at artwork on the blogosphere lately 🙂

Okay, here’s the CLOSE UPS first:


Of the cage


Close up of cage and chain.


A closer up because I liked this spot a lot.

The WIP:


And the images from Google I used to help me create this bird cage:

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Sorry, that’s all for this post! I gotta go see me a kitty cat.

All photos in this slideshow here are reference images I did not make!

For GA #6, I may be making a piece for Queen Bee 😉

And for GA#7, who wants dibs??


Hope you loved it!! ❤ ❤ ❤



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