|Spirit Animal - Butterfly|
The butterfly represents transformation, going through important changes with grace and lightness. One definition I found was that the butterfly as a spirit animal can perhaps guide you to be sensitive to personal cycles of expansion and growth as well as the beauty of life's continuous unfolding. Isn't that lovely?
I wanted to continue with the cosmos/universe theme as these are spirit animals after all, and had the idea of turning the spots on the butterfly's wings into planets. Oh, and I have no idea what the planets are other than earth and they definitely aren't to scale!
Then during a yoga class last week I was concentrating on holding a pose and the image of lots of little butterflies breaking away from the main one popped into my head - honestly I totally recommend yoga and meditation for getting the creative juices flowing!
As before I used acrylic spray paints all over the page to get the purple background. Then to get the butterfly looking like the night sky I drew the outline onto thin paper, cut the butterfly shape out, blue-tacked the paper onto the page and then sprayed the cut out area with the deep blue acrylic spray paint. I used ordinary acrylic paint and Derwent Graphik Liner paint pens for the planets and tiny butterflies. To keep with the surreal theme of the cosmic butterfly I had her sit on the milky way instead of a plant.
I used a reference photo taken by Gary Jones on Paint My Photo but as you can see if you click on the link, my final piece bears little resemblance to the original!
I am enjoying the path my mind is taking with these paintings so much right now. I just hope the surreal cosmic ideas keep coming for the rest of the series!