The Making of The Butterfly Paintings

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”  ~Hans Christian Andersen

Being a poet as well as visual artist the symbolism of butterflies appeals to me.  For me their strongest message is that change can have a beautiful outcome.  From very early butterflies have had strong presence in my work.  My first and so far only self-portrait, completed when I was in high school, includes a butterfly (shown as the featured image on this blog piece).   The work resulted in one of our more prosaic teachers at the time telling a friend a mine the he ‘always knew she was crazy’.

Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must lead.” – Charles Bukowski

I take many photographs of butterflies and am excited every time I see a new kind.  So it seemed a natural progression to do a painting of them.  What started as a single painting, which happens periodically with me, turned into a series.  So far there are three paintings and I have another piece planned that will likely be in the medium I’m presently using most – color pencil.  I was delighted to find out that I’m in excellent company on this series since Van Gogh did a series of butterfly paintings as some of his final works.

Included below are the source photographs, studies (if there are any), and the paintings (individual and matted and framed group).

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