Description of Butterfly’s Last Dance
End of Spring
The Butterflies’ Last Dance ‘
The grey day moved…when a light summer breeze heads my way…
Dancing in perfect harmony, the two butterflies become one…
Neon flashes light into a space…that was once void of color…
The explanation points of bright lights are strangely haunting! The dance slows and the end seems near…
EW. 01/26/15. ‘The BUTTERFLIES’ LAST DANCE ‘
QSuch a lovely picture ! and A
1/ A butterfly has so much significance…transformation, hope, new perspective.. What does this painting mean to you?
All those things and perhaps additionally a glimpse of how beautiful life is, but how very short this lovely ride can be.
2/ How did you first begin to paint this? Did you see a butterfly ?
No….I see shapes and spaces, movement and then color last. Color is the cake frosting but the bones are the drawing the design and the values. When the work begins t meld together I feel an energy that defines the work.
In this case the transition of something as magnificent as a butterfly to
dried wings on the ground.
3/ Does the painting or the poem come first?
I try and paint in a zone of unconscious awareness… It starts with drawing, design, values, shape, and their relationships. How the eye of the viewer moves through the work , and lastly color .
Then as I think about what the art statement says …I develop a verbal statement that expresses and compliments the art.
I think the label….ie, title and thought are significant to the painting. It sets the table for the mind to begin to emotionally digest the work.