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“Everything is changing around her and the future she had foreseen has flickered and swirled out of focus. She is unsure. Unsteady. But she is far from broken… she is ready to embrace the uncertainty of change. The type of change that comes with time and care and self-love. The type of change which requires her to encapsulate everything she’s experienced and learned along the way, take nourishment from its offerings, and by-and-by emerge a goddess, stronger and altogether confident of the paths which lay before her.”
This one was named for a character in a novel I had read many many years ago... I don't remember the name of the book but the character stuck with me.
Inspired by the butterfly, not only by its beauty but by its fragility yet subtle strength and fortitude which it must possess in order to survive the journey of the metamorphose it must endure.
The butterfly is one of the most emblematic totems symbolising personal transformation.
- Powerful transformation, metamorphosis in your life, personality
- Moving through different life cycles
- Renewal, rebirth
- Lightness of being, playfulness
- Elevation from earthly matters, tuning into emotional or spiritual
- The world of the soul, the psyche
Work in progress
As I searched through hundreds of images for artistic motivation, a beautiful blue butterfly (and most importantly the underlying knowledge of the spectacular metamorphose it had undergone) struck my attention. And it just fit. I have been having a bit of a tough time lately both personally and professionally and I’m at a point where I know I, not only have to look after myself, but accept the reality of decisions and changes to come, where ever they lead, if I am to emerge on the other side of this slump happier, healthier and stronger.
I had already had a silhouette in mind and once I had the two main ingredients the entire outline came together quite beautifully. I had planned on the leaving the background raw calico, but it just didn’t work, so I went with an almost black paynes grey based mix instead (which meant my watercolour section of wings that you will notice in the WIP pics also had to be changed). Other than that she pretty much came together beautifully… although, once again, quite different to the image I had first envisioned in my mind.-
20 May 2019
1219x610mm - 48x24”
Created on stretched canvas mounted with calico using acrylic paint, decor crackle medium, fabric and embroidery thread.
Fine Art Giclee Prints Available
Hahnemühle German Etching Paper