Friday, May 13, 2011

Once again, I bring you the visual gifts of butterflies in memory....

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After some thought of the consequences of bringing attention to only a handful of the 127 butterflies created by the students at Carstairs Elementary School, I decided it was worth it. 

Highlighting a few  is not meant to diminish the significance of the others,, but rather to illustrate the notion of how much we have to learn from others, regardless of whether they are 4 or 104.  In this case, age 9.

Expressing oneself visually through art as an adult does take confidence.  How many times have you heard someone comment "Oh I can't draw", or  "I can only draw stickmen..."  Sometimes even the suggestion of putting down  thoughts in symbol or picture rather than in words, makes even the otherwise  confident adult squirm.

What delights me is the absence of this self-consciousness in the art within the butterflies submitted by children  through The Butterfly Effect. 

We have so much to learn from these young,  pure and precious minds about leaving our inhibitions behind and stepping into and toward our hearts and souls, unplugged, naturally, without fear of judgement...

I was so moved when I saw these...
layered with  symbolism
the rawness 
and the abstraction
with innocent clarity

well, it made my heart weep.

Look closely, listen carefully.....I hope these inspire you to celebrate your freedom of expression....

Images of Butterflies for The Holocaust Museum Houston Butterfly Project
from the students at Carstairs Elementary School
Cartstairs, Alberta, Canada

The other butterflies can be viewed by pressing on the red butterfly located in the sidebar titled "The Butterfly Gallery"| or here

And again...thank  you  for your thoughts and comments.


Terri Kahrs said...

Agreed!!!! There's a beautiful sense of creative freedom and abandon in these lovely, thoughtful pieces. Again, I feel so privileged to see this work. Thank you, Trudi, for taking time to post these awesome creations! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Truly lovely beautiful butterflies! And I adore you new banner too!
Blessings ~ Katie