Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan Quake & Butterflies

Just as I discovered these botanical butterfly prints yesterday I learned of the devastating earthquake in Japan and then the tsunami. I am reminded of how life can change in a moments time, so quickly, much like the life of a butterfly. I hope healing from the devastation and loss comes with bits of beauty and peace for all those affected.

These ten butterfly botanicals were in my photography portfolio from years ago. I had forgotten I stored them there for safekeeping. The prints are 9 x 12 inches, suitable for framing. I've taken a digital photo through plastic of each one so the visual quality suffers a bit as you see them here. The use of colors and contrasts in these prints were inspiring to me.

I decided to paint flowers with different colors of slip on a tile background of my black clay. Then I attached a sculpted butterfly sprig.

Here's another tile using the same technique.

I have one more tile cut so I better get busy before the clay gets too dry.

Comments are always welcome. Up next mail art, so please stop in again real soon.


  1. What gorgeous botanical prints. I love them. I can see why they inspire you. Some of these would make great fabric for throw pillows. Your creativity is always so inspiring. These also remind me of that saying about the fluttering of a butterflies wings setting off a tsunami.... It's really about how everything is connected. We are Japan. Japan is us. thank you for starting my day with these beautiful prints. It's perfect.

  2. Hi Teresa, thanks, I never heard the saying about the fluttering of butterflies setting off a tsunami. I once recovered a chair with botanical fabric, these remind me of that chair which I wish I still had. I think throw pillows are a good way to add a pop of color or an unusual uniqueness to a decor. Have a good day.

  3. beautiful prints... are you going to hang them in your Florida home? since they inspire you perhaps they should go in your studio.

  4. We are often just one breath away from catastrophe. Normal is so fragile.
    Your butterflies are just stunning.

  5. Hi Michele, thanks, I have so much art work already, not sure what I will do with these, perhaps sell them next time I am at the local flea market.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yes you are so correct, normal is so fragile. I have always loved butterflies.

  6. What a beautiful collection of butterfly prints! It seems that these catastrophes are occurring more often, now. So sad, for the people in Japan.

  7. Beautiful Butterflys.
    Yes, The World Is Hurt This Week.

  8. Beautiful prints. I was feeling rather overcome by the tragedy in Japan so your healing words are appreciated.

  9. really beautiful and life is so unpredictable.

  10. Truly beautiful and so poignant amidst the fragility of life.

  11. Hi Marguerite, thanks, yes I think the earth is in a transition, years ago there were lots of earthquakes and I think we are returning to that time again.

    Hi Tony, thanks, yes the world has been hurting for several years now, seems to be escalating.

    Hi Anna, thanks, so glad these prints helped, it does help to see beauty, it seems to bring hope.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, yes one step at a time, one never knows.

    Hi Paul, thanks, yes fleeting and fragile, life is.


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