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Sleep In Peace - Out of Focus
Submitted by: katherinejeans | 10:43am, Aug 27
Ottawa ON Canada

My Vision of Peace
The butterfly can represent transition and freedom as well as peace. ....
Sleep in Peace struck a chord with me because “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding”.
In ancient mythology, the butterfly stands for wisdom and ever lasting knowledge.
There is a Native American legend that says, " If you have a secret wish, capture a butterfly and whisper your wish to it. Since butterflies cannot speak, your secret is ever safe in their keeping. Release the butterfly, and it will carry your wish to the Great Spirit, who alone knows the thoughts of butterflies. By setting the butterfly free, you are helping to restore the balance of nature, and your wish will surely be granted."

The butterfly is a reminder to make changes when the opportunity arises. Change and transformation are inevitable for us all, but it does not have to be traumatic it can be peaceful.
Butterfly symbolism is also closely tied to the idea of spirits and souls. It has been used in many religions and cultures. In the western world, the symbol of the butterfly stands for freedom, fun and joyous times. It is also symbolizes a state of naturalness and purity.
For this reason I have choose to conceptualize two paintings of the same Butterfly. In focus and out of focus for me symbolizes that sometimes we can’t see Peace clearly but there is hope!
Katherine Jeans

Ink, Acrylic, Oil and Alkyd medium.
16”x16” each on canvas.

Silk screened photography, then painted with Ink, acrylic, oil and Alkyd medium. Highly textured to bring the viewer into the imagery. Questioning what is real and what is not real as a metaphor to the notion of PEACE!

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awaken2sun     10:07pm, Aug 27


I love the Native American legend. Thanks for sharing it and your vision.

judith     11:20am, Aug 27


I like the concept behind this. Next time I encounter a butterfly I will remember to tell it a secret wish! I also like the "whispering" quality of this image, slightly out of focus.


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