Friday, August 31, 2012

Butterfly Kisses

While summer is nearing the end and school is starting for children, I can't help feeling a bit melancholy. Maybe this is why I started the new series, Butterfly Kisses. Butterflies have inspired countless fine artists and poets. Here are some of my favorite poems to accompany my new pieces.

"Golden Summer" acrylic on paper, 12" x 9"

I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly!  Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! - not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"

"Summer Charms #2" acrylic on paper, 12" x 9" 

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
~Irish Blessing

"Yellow with August" acrylic on paper, 9" x 12"
Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine.  ~Jeffrey Glassberg

"Monarch and Lavender #1" acrylic on paper, 9" x 12"
But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"      

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