just when the caterpillar thought life was over…

I have been playing around with various approaches to creating a watercolor of a butterfly. After several attempts: some that I love, some that I don’t and some in between; I decided to take a step back and appreciate these creatures.

Butterflies are symbols of change and transformation and with that hope. 2020 has been and continues to be a difficult year. Here is to the hope that we emerge from it with grace. Life is not over….

So far this is my favorite creation. I wondered if I could include a Jackson Pollock effect in watercolor. The best I could do was splatter globs of water around the wings and blow through a straw. I imagine the butterfly is displacing water in a pond. Doomsayers might say otherwise.

The final touch is silver tulle to replicate shimmering veins. I love the tulle. It’s my new mixed media favorite. Here’s to hope and a shimmering and beautiful 2021.

Published by Helena

After a diverse career in Corporate America, I am freeing myself of a ton of ego traps; chief among them is "perfectionism." Watercolor, when left to its own devices and imperfections seems to create something more beautiful than intended. I am still a student and love the learning journey. Sharing that with friends and family in the form of greeting cards, has been a surprise filled with joy.

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