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"The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made." Psalm 145:13

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

TN Butterfly

Well, I have to laugh because I have named this post "TN Butterfly" due to it's color. I am, however, the absolute worst Vol fan that ever lived. I know...it's pure sacrilege. Perhaps it's because I watched a friend of our family live and die over Michigan's wins and losses and swore to myself I would never let a team decide how my day was going to go. I do like the color orange. I am proud to be a Tennessean. I wish the Vols well. My favorite thing about butterflies, though, is what it takes to get them to the butterfly state. Very symbolically I watched a butterfly emerge from it's chrysalis during a difficult time in my life. I had purchased the kit for my class one year. I was with my son after school when the magic happened. It is not an easy thing for the butterfly. It's chrysalis swings back and forth violently... and once it emerges the struggle is just beginning. But finally, when the wings are dry from beating them back and forth it is ready for flight. Who knows. Maybe the Vols will emerge as a strong contender this year. I wish them the best. But I think I'll ponder a bit more on the butterfly and remember the victory God gave me through my struggle. Emerging from struggle is a wonderful thing.
God bless.
6 x 12
Acrylic and oil pastel
Gallery wrapped canvas
Contact me if you're interested in this piece


  1. Wow, not many people can mix life, sports, and art all at the same time! I've enjoyed the latest paintings as well. Very pretty. GO VOLS! GO JULIE!

  2. I love the composition in this painting, Julie. Beautiful!

  3. Jenny,
    Life and sports ARE art!! ;)
    Glad you're enjoying the paintings!

    Thanks so much for your kind comments. I wish I were more of a "composer" in my art and less of a copy-cat! I'm trying to learn through the photographs I take. I enjoy painting from them because they involve more of my eye. Glad you liked this one, though I must confess it is not of my doing... I only painted it. :)
    God's blessings, Pat. Thanks again.

  4. Lovely painting... Lovely thought "emerging from one of life's struggles is a wonderful thing"

  5. Helen,
    Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind words. It's so easy to think of struggle as some sort of inconvenience and horrible blow of fate. I forget sometimes that it can be a great path to growth. We learn things in struggle we can only learn in that place. Then, it is like a new life, a new "us" that emerges. God's blessings. Thanks again.