In 2017, for the first time, I signed up for a one year course, Paint Your Heart and Soul, facilitated by fine artist, Olga Furman. She gathered several amazing artists together. Each artist supplied one or two lessons over the course of the year. A new lesson was delivered on a weekly basis. This was an opportunity to encounter other artists, to learn their techniques and to practice. This year-long course encouraged the ongoing flow of creativity.
This particular class was taught by Olga Furman, herself. It became one of my favorites. One that I returned to again and then morphed into my own works of art.
There is some collage work in this piece and more practice in drawing and painting a face.
What is interesting about collage is that you use it with discretion. You also embellish it to make it more your own and to integrate it into the whole painting.
Since butterfly is about transformation, metamorphosis, it holds special meaning for many. Especially in these times when change feels imminent. There are the changes that are forced upon us and the changes we choose. We’ve all heard “The only constant is change.” Realizing this, we typically resist anyway. Resistance seems to be built into change. I do wonder if there is a stage where the butterfly-to-be in the chrysalis resists this transformation. Did it dream of itself as a butterfly before it emerged as one?
This 8″x10″ painting was sold in a local art gallery. I found myself missing her. I remember someone saying once “Never let go of anything sooner than you are ready…” Of course, I can get over it. But there is a bit of nostalgia over her, my first butterfly fairy.