Yep, I know, haven’t been around too much of late. First it was health issues, which in the most part are done and dusted thank goodness and now am flat out painting for upcoming exhibitions which is exciting. Having never participated in the exhibition round it is with some trepidation that I am looking at completed paintings with an analytical eye before making the stultifying decision to overhaul. ‘Purity’ was the first painting pulled out.
I liked the background colour, the delicate flower, and the baby wasn’t too bad either. It was the wings that bugged me and they had to go leaving a gapping vacancy on the canvas. Something had to take their place but what?
On the Tuesday of that week a large black butterfly arrived at our front door. It danced around back and forth, up and down, tantalisingly within reach, near enough to touch.
“Hello, how can I help you?”
At the time I was thinking to myself, “I must be going crackers talking out loud to a butterfly” watching in wonderment as the butterfly came closer. “Whose soul are you?” Popped out of my mouth before I had time to think.
The name came as clearly as if the butterfly had spoken and then to my amazement it turned and flew over the wall into my neighbours garden. Following it, I walked to their front door, which was open. I could hear Doreen on the phone, and so I waited with the butterfly who sat very still on the leaf softly moving in the breeze next to my leg.
Doreen’s face said it all. Her husband of 51 years had died of cancer only an hour before.
For the purposes of writing this blog, I referred to the wonderful research tool Google where I found this website, http://theawakenedstate.tumblr.com/post/29490724336/the-symbol-of-the-butterfly
This is a précis of what it had to say, which I thought to be rather beautiful
Butterfly, Power Animal, Symbol of Change, The Soul, Creativity, Freedom, Joy and Colour
Butterfly is the symbol of change, the soul, creativity, freedom, joy and colour. Their power is transformation, shape shifting and soul evolution. They represent the element of air, quickly changing and always on the move gracefully. Butterflies are messengers of the moment and come in a wide array of colours. Studying these colours can help you uncover butterflies message to you. It reminds us not to take things too seriously and to get up and move. They teach us that growth and transformation does not have to be a traumatic experience. It can be joyous.
I went back to my painting, and knew what I wanted to do.
Pastel pinks and mauves were the intention, and decided it was too…… Prissy So I made up some Magenta and…
Love the rich colours and the soft delicacy remains as was the intention. Never the less, will be taking it to have it scrutinised by my tutor Stephen Buntrock of the Gold Coast Art School.