“A power of Butterfly must be –
The Aptitude to fly
Meadows of Majesty concedes
And easy Sweeps of Sky -”
― Emily Dickinson
Butterflies have their fascinating and beautiful qualities, which I’ve been exploring in paints as well as in person lately. It’s so beautiful to see the way they move their wings, delicately balancing on a leaf or sucking from the fruit each sweet drop. Perhaps part of the fascination with butterflies and moths is their flighty nature, the care with which you have to approach them unless, alas they flutter off to rest on another flower further from view, or even bob away through the blue air. Their transcient, cyclical nature is such a visible reminder of the way we all also go through different stages of our lives- some of our days are spent in the everyday tasks of squirreling away what we need, filling our tummies and getting to be where we need to be, other days or seasons are cocooned away, and yet we do eventually get to burst out, into a riot of colour and sunshine, flitting around in the fresh breeze to rest on leaves as we wish.
In the summer holidays Phoebe and I had Mondays for one-to-one time, which was so lovely. One week we went to Tring museum, and the moths there are particularly stunning. Typically – at least in England- butterflies have more colourful, decadent wings, which they can spread and show off in the summer sun, but moths are often duller, browns and greys. Yet these gorgeous moths are from Asia, and display a stunning array of blues, oranges and black patterns. I couldn’t resist the challenge of painting these lovely creatures and so they quickly inspired these watercolour paintings- now here in a card set.
Of course, reflecting on butterflies and winged creatures now has a tinge of sadness, since we have are likely to have to wait for next spring for the next signs of life unfurling in their papery wings. Yet we also have the hope of their forms gracing our budleais, bushes and flowers as the buds unfurl and we wake from our wintery slumber into the bright hope of spring.
Card sets are here in the shop– they make a lovely Christmas present!