I’m not sure if the pandemic is making me feel sentimental or if I got inspired to write about this Common blue butterfly Trio because I saw them in my Facebook memories, it’s about time they got the spotlight.
Meaning and Inspiration
The common blue butterfly symbolizes a lot of different things. Creativity, a change in energy, joy, etc. I love this particular species of butterfly. It was one of the first I ever researched and I can confidently say It is responsible for kickstarting my interest in Lepidopterology.
I go into greater detail about it in this blog
Combine that interest with some new paints, and a few pieces of scrap paper from a larger project. Boom! I started the trio.
It’s my old apartment and my old desk set up! Maybe I am feeling sentimental.
Coincidentally this trio inspired a few similar commissions. Featuring Cabbage Moths, Sulphur Butterflies, and Mourning Cloaks. They’re on display in my portfolio section if you want to see them.
Framing The Blue Butterfly Trio
I had such a difficult time finding the right frames for this trio that they went unframed for quite some time. Over a year and if I’m being honest I stopped looking. I completed them mid 2017. You may remember, but the trio made their debut at that years Whyte Avenue ArtWalk. I used to displayed them matted, with backing, in protective sleeves.
I remember when I caved and went into a local frame shop and splurged a little for something custom made. That was a few days after I was invited to display my work alongside the Edmonton Symphony at the Winspear for the Sibelious Festival. It became one of the most memorable events I attended that year.
It also forced me to really reconsider the way I display and showcase my work.
You can see that only one of the butterflies is framed, thats because the moulding I chose was backordered.
I used to work in a gallery, and managed the frame shop. There’s really nothing you can do. So I wasn’t that upset. I was just glad I got a preview of what they would all look like.
Can you tell I miss events?
Selling One of Three
By that years Whyte avenue ArtWalk I had them all framed. I had hoped to sell them together as a series. I was torn. There was bills to pay, and stolen items to replace. My car had been broken into. I won’t get into details about the theft, it’s been well over a year but it certainly set me back.
I eventually agreed to sell one of the three to a lovely woman from New York. What was she doing in Edmonton… I have no idea.
That means there’s only two left. So they’re available as a pair or individually.
Don’t think I’ve forgotten about the Holidays. I’m working my way through my holiday commissions as we speak. I do have space for a butterfly or moth commission, let me know there’s still a little time.
Later this week I will be posting a gift guide. I still have some holiday card packs available. If you hurry, you can receive them in time to send them to your loved ones.
And with that stay creative my friends,