I am preparing for a solo show at Degrazia’s Little Gallery in the fall. Posted through out this blog are images of designs birthed from my adoration of butterflies.
What is it about butterflies?
Well, much like birds, they fly. I like flying things. But I often have a very different response to a butterfly than a bird. Butterflies are so vibrant, so delicate, so buoyant and persistent. Butterflies ride on the subtle wind currents and they persevere against all odds. And because of where they came from, an ugly caterpiller, it’s their metamorphosis that makes them even more amazing.
Butterflies are an inspiration to me.
When I was small, my family lived on rural farm land in upstate New York. We lived across the street from a barn that was owned by a man named Ed Haberly. Me and my siblings were always out playing in the cow yard behind the barn. I remember watching yellow or white butterflies, tons of them, fluttering above puddles mixed with cow pee and poop. I really don’t know why they were attracted to that muck. But I didn’t question it back then. Maybe they liked the smell?
Whenever I see a dead butterfly with wings intact I feel sad for him but I save the wings like little treasures and place them in a tea-cup in my china closet.
Back to my question, what is it about butterflies?
I can only relate it to the spirit that is in all of us to succeed. To carry on against all odds.
So, yea, I’m reflecting on my life. I usually do that once or twice a day. I get up, talk to Jesus and ask for His will to be done. Of course. I have my plans but when I stop and think, I really want His will for me. And that is freeing because I no longer have to feel alone in this world trying to figure out things on my own. The subtle currents take me from here to there but I persevere on the path that is my purpose.
God is in the details and He gives you the desires of your heart.
My point is: We all go through these seasons of metamorphosis but we can be buoyant, persistent, and persevere against all odds. We must always remember what our purpose is, here on earth. If you don’t know yet, you will find it. If you ask, seek and knock, it will be revealed to you.
I hope this inspires you. Be free like a butterfly.
Beautiful work as usual. Where in upstate NY? I have lived in a few places up there. First I lived in the Mohawk Vally in a teeny town called Fort Plain where my first husband was from. Then we lived in a place further down state called Callicoon. I loved it up there in summer. Not so much in winter.
I grew up in Hamilton, New York, Roberta. More in the center of the state, about an hour away from Syracuse. I love it in the summer but no way in the winter.