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Painting Adara: Part One

Recently, I started a new porcelain project. I am calling her Adara. The main inspiration for Adara came from an imperfect shoulder plate and my desire to transform it into something beautiful with body painting or a tattoo.

My concept for Adara's tattoo is beauty emerging from pain, and the image is butterflies emerging from flames.

I was inspired to paint my butterflies like the ones I have admired in Asian paintings and embroidery. They have wispy wings, expressive antennae, and trailing tails. I wanted them to appear as if they were dancing while in flight.

  back view of tattoo outlines


  view of outlines from the front


   first layer of china paint




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