Monday, June 21, 2010

Creative Inspiration: Butterflies

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit in the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." ~ Maya Angelou

Yesterday, I discovered a butterfly trapped in my garage struggling to make its way through a closed window. Many winged bugs find their way into this space, but seldom do I feel the need to stage a rescue. However, butterflies are one of the few insects that receives urgent, immediate assistance.

Raising my hand up towards the butterfly, the beautiful creature perched on my finger and relaxed her fluttering wings. Once outside, she caught the breeze and sailed away into the sky.

What makes the butterfly worth saving? Perhaps it is that very essence that inspires artists, poets, and dancers to incorporate butterfly imagery in their work. The painting above from Artisans Collective member Cathy Nichols illustrates the insect's delicate but compelling presence.

Cathy states "Butterflies inspire me because they evoke feelings of freedom, metamorphosis, and transformation from something lowly and plain into creatures of colorful beauty.

Christine Tenenholtz's pottery also incorporates the butterfly magnificently. Christine says that butterflies challenge her to create a simple and elegant design. Christine states " After using the white birds and flowers so much on my pieces, I wanted to add another natural element and butterflies just seemed like a natural fit."

The butterfly: champion of change, epitome of the ugly duckling, thing of wonder and boundless beauty! I leave you with this quote from Nathaniel Hawthorne:

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."


  1. Beautiful post, lovely quotes and wonderful artwork.

  2. well done, Jen!

    boy I am digging Cathy's illustration with the red butterfly and your necklace--so sweet!!!

  3. gorgeous work everyone! and nice thought on sitting quietly!

  4. wonderful post .. I do think what makes us set one butterfly free is that it represents how we feel - the beautiful part in all of us that wants to be set free.

    lovely work by all our artisans :)