the chaos behind things

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I drew and redrew the same image of flowers from a photograph.  None of them quite looked like the flowers.  But the image was mesmerizing and the chaos drawings that arose were … something … I don’t know what they were.

This is one of them above.

Now, oddly enough, it’s also one of many studies for a Flower Wall painting I made that was exhibited this summer.

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The passage down at the very bottom of the painting, to the left of the butterfly, is how it appeared in the painting itself.  I made lots of drawings of the image.  Not sure how many.  No doubt — some time or other — I’ll make others — or will draw something like it.

Here’s how Flower Wall looked in the exhibit. It measures 48 x 48 inches.

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And the theme of the butterfly crossed into the large Butterfly Emblem.  Not planned.  It’s just the way of butterflies — they flit from one place to another.

butterfly cloth in black & white

butterfly cloth in b&w

Above, a black and white photograph of the green-yellow-pink butterfly cloth that features in the still life paintings that I’m currently working on.  Got it at Joann Fabrics last year.  In black and white it’s like a drawing and all the wonderful intricate lines stand out.