The book of butterflies went missing some where in the course of making this painting. I have looked everywhere but it remains lost. I went to the library thinking I could find a replacement but none of the books that had available on butterflies looked any thing like the one I had misplaced. Setting up the pages with all the butterflies in rows is a method of presentation that must of fell out of vogue long ago.
This painting has to do with how we take in information. It is about looking and listening and ultimately about tuning into the sublime, something children do so well. Pictured here are my three of my own girls, Rain, Dove and Grace. They were very patient with the slow process of getting into the right outfits, having hair brushed and sitting still. The sitting still was probably the hardest work for a group of little girls. Fortunately we had the use of a camera to help gather and preserve information to build the painting. I have been looking to my own children now for many years for inspiration. I feel like I could be on this track for as long as they are willing. Eventually they will all be grown up and I then I will move onto my grandchildren.