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The First Butterfly Artwork
Why Do We Love Butterflies?
Why are butterflies beautiful? Well, they are very symbolic creatures that people just love. I've always had a fascination with the butterfly myself. In fact, I have painted a few butterfly paintings on canvas and recently started to create these very abstract black and white butterfly drawings.
Tying In The Purpose of Art
Art serves so much more of a purpose than just to visually appealing to a viewer or a crowd. Art has the capability to change mindsets and to also influence as well as inspire creativity. So in creating these beautiful black and white abstract butterfly drawing artworks. I hope to inspire creativity among my peer artists and those that follow The artwork that I create.
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The very first art piece from this butterfly art series was “Max The Butterfly No. 2”. Creatively the artworks are done through traditional mediums such as painting and drawing.
I am still uncertain as to why I decided to call the artwork “Max The Butterfly”, but at the time I probably thought it had a ring to it. Sort of like a catchy phrase.
Why The Red Background?
Since I created the first butterfly painting, I have continued to develop butterfly drawings and more butterfly paintings. The red background is something I chose to apply to the series because of Vincent Van Gogh Blue period and Picasso’s Rose period.
Each of these artists recreated them chromatic art series that inspired the world of art. Their works also left a dent in art’s history. What we study, explore, and practice as visual artists come from inspiration of these two great and household names.
Pablo Picasso the master of cubism and Vincent Van Gogh the most post-impressionist painters to have ever live changed the way people perceive art. Why would any artist not desire to be like these two great artists?
Inspiring The Butterfly Painting Series
My butterfly paintings and drawings were inspired by these masters. I think it’s important for every artist to look up to the masters in art and to try some of the things they did creatively. However, staying original and adding your own flavor to the artwork you create is very important as an artist. I don’t believe it is good to copy people’s works.
Why The Butterfly?
The butterfly like the octopus is a very symbolic creature. In an earlier art post I share an octopus drawing I created entitled the “Royal Octopus”. Both of these creatures share a similarity in their symbolism; they are both representations of time.
While working under an artist who created sculptures of butterflies I learned that the butterfly represented Transition and growth. The butterfly represents these two things because of its metamorphosis.
Some of the other things the butterfly represents in its meanings are listed below.
“Max The Butterfly No. 2”
In this next butterfly painting I added some yellow and white paint to the background of the artwork. This is also a most detailed artwork because with this painting I drew more lines and implied a lot more movement in the art piece.
Because of the white and yellow in the piece, it created a more diverse artwork. I wanted the colors in the back of the line artwork to pop out a little bit and therefore I added green to the palette.
The Second Butterfly Painting
“Metamophosis of Life”
The third piece from the butterfly paintings “Metamorphosis of Life” was a continuation of the second painting. However, the contrast in color for the background of this butterfly painting was the accent of blue and green colors.
Also in the artwork there are more black shapes and a heavier line weight the butterfly carries. Personally this is probably my favorite from the butterfly paintings I have created.
All of them have been sold because of this; however prints are available on Fine Art America And Pixels. If interested in commissioning an original piece like these send me an email or leave a comment at the bottom of the page.
The Size and Medium
When I create the paintings I normally paint them on a 36 x 24 inch stretched canvas and it can take 2-3 weeks to complete.
The Last Butterfly Painting:
“Roger The Butterfly”
Lastly the fourth artwork from the butterfly paintings is “Roger The Butterfly”. This piece is also heavy in its line weight. The background is just red with no additional colors may seem flat, but because of the heavy contrast in the artwork I believe it’s mysterious.
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3 Butterfly Line Artworks
The Goal In Creating The Butterfly Artworks
Ultimately my goal is to one day for my art to spark a change in the world. What will that change be in the world? I have no idea. What I do know is that as an artist I should be open to expressing my creativity and thoughts to visual representation.
We as human beings are always looking for inspiration ourselves and sometimes we don’t know where to look. I believe the gift that I’ve been given to create artwork is to make drawings and paintings that will change the world.
Whether I am creating butterfly drawings or portraits of people my biggest goal and objective is 20 years from now to inspire many. I see myself as an artist establish doing Ted talk type of events. I also see the possibility of going to schools colleges and universities to speak to aspiring artist or other Creatives.
A Personal Discovery
I’ve discovered that many artists are not the most articulate people because they 100% put their thoughts into their work. In doing so they do not always focus on developing their speech.
Growing up as a child in Haiti and then migrating to the United States with my parents and family I had to learn English, which is not my first language. Once I started to learn how to speak and really understand the language it became a natural goal for me to want to know how to speak the language well. It wasn’t just about words, but about expressing my thoughts in a more articulate way.
Being able to speak about my art in the past has led me to land sales as well as projects with certain clients for my artworks. I am passionate about art and in some way want to build a legacy and empire with the creative art ability that I have. These butterfly drawings are small part of a variety of art series I’ve developed over the past years.
The Battle Every Artist Face Learning to share my art online whether it is to my art blogs or on social media like Instagram have been interesting. It’s taken me a while to get over the fear of people stealing artwork that I create. Because I simply understood that people needed to see the art and I wanted to inspire as well as get my name out there.
My artwork have been featured in online publications like Afro punk, Kaltblut magazine, and BASIC magazine. A list of the features that I’ve had and other sources are listed under publications page.
Enough about my story, let's get back to discussing the butterfly.
The Symbolism of The Butterfly
Each butterfly has their own meaning and represent something like a human characteristic or treat that we embody as beings. The fact that in some cultures as well as religions that the butterfly represent life and the soul so this very deep.
In Native American folktales, the butterfly also plays many roles. Some Native American tribes believe the beautiful creature represent balance. In other tribes, the butterfly is a symbol of ephemeral beauty, vanity, and frivolous behavior. While there are many tribes who believe the butterfly is also a symbol of good luck and hold taboos against killing the butterflies.
The Blackfoot tribe, for example, believe butterflies represent a state of sleep and dreams.
The following butterfly artworks are part of an extended circle drawing series. To go for the series is to create 1000 Circle drawings. Each of these drawings representing and symbolizing something different. However, the composition is the same as far as framing. All of the drawings are created in circles but all are different in their element of design and art composition.
At first, when I started the series I thought maybe about creating only 50 drawings but a push the goal to a thousand. Each drawing takes about four hours average to create. These are a few of the drawings from the series of circle drawings that were composed with the idea of a unique butterfly drawing.
The Artworks : Creating Butterfly Art
Creating these abstract drawings of butterflies for me is an escape. Although I am obsessed with lines deserve more of the most beautiful artwork is that I do with ink pens or markers.
Drawing has been something that I've done my entire life, well at least since I was the age of four. I am always wrong and butterflies and whenever these pieces sell out I create new butterfly drawings. In the past I have also donated artwork to fundraisers locally and Omaha Nebraska for breast cancer and other donation events. What is the next butterfly I will draw going to represent? I am not always sure because I create art as I am inspired day to day and inspired by however I feel.
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8 Facts About The Butterfly
Butterflies wingspan can be as small as a half an inch up to a foot in length.
· Butterflies rely on nectar found in flowers as their food which they suck with their tongues. Butterflies find drinking Tea sap as a way to survive.
· Butterflies pick up sent with their antenna
· Butterflies are also one of the rare creatures is that do not have any lungs
·Butterflies taste with their feet.
· Butterflies do not hear sound, but they pick up on vibrations.
· There are roughly 24,000 different species of butterflies in the world. In Australia alone there over 380 butterfly species 70% of which are found in the rain forest of wet tropics.
· A butterfly can go the distance of more than 3000 miles without getting lost when migrating from one location to another location.
The Process I Believe In:
I believe In exploring and never ceasing to create art as an artist. Challenging myself to create a variety of art is something I push myself to do. In return I’ve grown a lot over a short period of time because I am not afraid of trying different art styles and experimenting with different mediums of traditional art.
You can also brose through the fashion art collection or the human heart artworks I've also created. If you love high heels you will love the fashion series and if you have experience working in the medical field or love poetry you will find the hearts metaphorical.
Thank you if you made it this far and read about each heart.