Butterflies are Everywhere

Found these butterfly photos and decided to paint them. Not sure what was harder the butterfly or the background. Whenever I sit and start to paint it makes me lean in and look closer; makes me slow down and see the details. I appreciate the colors and the delicacy of the butterflies wings. A true work of God. Don’t you agree?

Sometimes it’s a struggle to find beauty and kindness in the world. During the pandemic true friends and loving family members that cared rose to the top. Phone calls and zooms meant so much. They could be brief or long; sad or silly. It didn’t really matter what we talked about. What mattered was that we reached out and someone else reached back.

What I’ve learned this past 15 months is to let some people go. I don’t hold any animosity or regrets. I now have more of a desire to spend my time with people who have made time for me. No more feeling like I have to, but doing more because I want to.

The crazy thing is that the people I haven’t heard from or rarely heard from will not even notice my silence. I didn’t stop loving or wishing them a good day or a good week. I am merely “matching” their effort for connection without any guilt on my part. I have had to ask myself am I the only one who seems to care? Do they wait to hear my response to “how are you”? Am I an obligation phone call? Covid made everything slow down. Made me do more self reflection. We all know our days are numbered. I don’t know how long my body will continue to work with me. I don’t know when my body will one day just stop working. That unknown makes me pause. I would rather look at beauty then think about pain and disappointment. Maybe this is what happens as we get older. We are less inclined to put up with the nonsense from others. We are more determined to live by our own valves, or maybe it is just me that is more determined.

So here’s to the butterflies quietly flying around us unaware of their own beauty. Sit back and enjoy the wonder.

Mother Nature’s Beauty
8”x10” acrylic
“A Day in the Garden”
8”x10” acrylic
“Two Friends Dining”
8”x10” acrylic
“Beautiful Alone”
8”x10” acrylic

Long Winter

I fear it will be a long winter. Winters are not as bad for me as they once were. Before I retired weather played no factor in whether I went to work or not. I always drove in the elements. Driving in bad weather was part of the job.

But that was a different time and now I have a great deal of less stress in my life. At least that was the case before Covid. Once the weather warmed up this past spring I meet with my friends in parks, driveways and in garages at least once a week. We brought our chairs, coffee snd talked about our lives. I valued each time we were together. Yet in the back of my mind thoughts of cold and snow would make these get togethers come to an end.

I told myself I needed a project for my upcoming winter hibernation. I need several projects to keep me busy until spring. So I decided to paint the paintings of the masters. I would paint on the back of denim jackets. Jackets of all sizes as long as they are denim. This could be a lot of fun. I hope I can these wearable pieces of art.

And so I began. This first jacket is a woman’s medium. I painted “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” originally done by Johannes Vermeer in 1665.

Yes it can be washed by hand or in the wash machine on gentle cycle. Line dry and iron only on the areas not painted. Cost $70.

The back
The front
Front pocket detail.
(I added the pearl to tie in with the name of the painting)

Small Wonders

Sometimes after painting something large I want to shift gears and paint something small. I can’t tell you how many rocks I’ve painted and small wood disks. A lot I assure you. Since it was fun painting small and my art studio (aka basement) needed organizing and cleaning I came across these wood disks. I remember buying them because I loved that had been laser cut on the edges. I pulled them out of my stack of future projects and decided to paint them.

They are 8” in diameter with the painting area of 4”. So I had to be creative on a small scale. So I’m done and selling them for $15 each. Hope you like them and you should see how organized my studio is. No, I’m not posting pictures you will just have to take my word “I’m organized”. 🤪