The eight cards featured in this set came out of my Butterfly Series, consisting of over a 100 designs. What started out as a creative exercise inspired by visiting Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, back in 1998, eventually turned into my company Butterflutters, Inc.
Each design features a hand painted butterfly surrounded by a border using the same colors as the butterfly, but remixed to give it a more complex feel. The butterfly represents our soul, the essence of our being. The border represents our physical body, the shell that encases our creative spiritual beauty. The butterfly is simple and pure in color. The border is complex and detailed, but telling a story of what lies within. The butterfly has always represented transformation. The caterpillar—bound to the earth—spins a cocoon of self-love and emerges into a beautiful butterfly. A tiny creature transforms itself into majesty and emerges from its cocoon with the ability to fly. It’s a metaphor for each of us and our own life within the framework of humanity.
Each card is blank on the inside, but has a name and a poem written on the back that expresses the message of each butterfly. I love the idea of inspiring people with the poetry to write their own messages of the heart on the inside. It gives the process a deeper meaning to not only the person writing the card, but also to the person who receives it. “Purple Passion”, “Ring Around the Rosie”, “Briar Rose”, “Unity”, “Celtic Cross”, “Tootie Fruitie”, “Dark Side of the Moon”, and “Hearts and Flowers”. As a special gift idea, each card will fit into a 5 x 7 frame.
7 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Artist: Colleen O'Hara