I am thinking of the life cycle of butterflies. So much happens before the glory of the butterfly is revealed. Parts of the life cycle are less appealing than others. Although, I confess, I find each stage intriguing, even the less savory aspects.
In my previous post I shared my plans for the life cycle of Lola in the Linen Cabinet. It begins with a photograph. This can be thought of as the butterfly. The next phase in the life cycle journey is hidden, like the chrysalis phase. This is when I am working out how to go from photo to artwork.
Caterpillars are an odd blend of beautiful and pests. Where I live we have tent caterpillars that hatch by the hundreds and munch their way through leaf after leaf sometimes to the point of decimation of the tree. Yet, I can’t help but admire the tent caterpillar’s beauty. Thread painting is an awkward time in the life cycle of my artwork. Until the thread painting is cut from the background it feels unformed, but with potential. Just as caterpillars will one day become butterflies.
Perhaps I will add a butterfly or three to How Does Your Garden Grow. I am certainly tempted. This is a common life cycle progression in my artwork. I think I know exactly how a work will proceed, then BAM! I am struck by a new idea that I simply can’t resist. If I add butterflies should I add a few other insects such as beetles and caterpillars?
My 2023 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt is beginning to take shape. Unfortunately, I ran out of time before I could seam the left half of the bottom row together. I have completed all three flowers on the bottom left. Fingers crossed, that will be next week’s reveal.
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