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“Butterfly Birth” Painting

By October 8, 2016 October 11th, 2016 Art, Being an artist, Poetry & Prose, Work in Progress
Artist Siobhan Bedford working on "Butterfly Birth" painting

Do you love butterflies?

Of course you do! Unless, you are suffering from a case of Lepidopterophobia.

That’s the fear of butterflies. I know crazy! but apparently it’s a real thing… I looked it up.

Oil Painting, Butterfly Birth by Siobhan Bedford

Hopefully that is not you.

Instead, you have an awareness of the butterfly’s gifts of beauty, meaning across cultures and the magic of metamorphosis.

Here are a few of my favorite butterfly thoughts and some detail snaps of the painting to inspire you.

I’m working on adding the finishing touches to this “Butterfly Birth” painting. I hope to have it finished so you can come see it in my solo show at the Chester County Art Association. You can read about how I know a painting is done here.

Let me know what you love about butterflies in the comments below.

Detail of

Black Swallowtail  Poem by Mary Oliver

The caterpillar,

Interesting but not exactly lovely,

Humped along among the parley leaves

Eating, always eating.  Then

One night it was gone and in its place

A small green confinement hung by two silk threads

On a parsley stem. I think it took nothing with it

Except faith, and patience.  And then one morning

It expressed itself into the most beautiful being.

Butterfly Abstract Painting by Siobhan Bedford

Excerpt about metamorphosis from The Book of Secrets


“Some cells are told to die; others digest themselves, while still others turn into eyes, antennae, and wings. This implies a fragile (and miraculous) rhythm that must remain in precise balance between creation and destruction. That rhythm, it turns out, depends on day length, which in turn depends on the earth’s rotation around the sun. Therefore, a cosmic rhythm has been intimately connected to the birth of butterflies for millions of years.”

Detail of

Quote from Buckminster Fuller

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”


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  • Rachel says:

    Lovely work and writing excerpts. You’ve been inspiring me to continue my art-making!

  • Audrey says:

    Love to watch the dance they seemingly perform so effortlessly. They are one of many gifts and blessings here for us to enjoy if only we take the time to notice and to watch. Love, Mom B.

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