September, to me, is a month of renewal- especially in St. Louis when the heavy dampness of August is replaced by dry breezes and yellow school busses tumbling down the roads. The butterflies are out flitting around and there is a feeling of hope in the air.
The idea of the butterfly's transformation is one of miracles- the slow, crawling caterpillar, climbing into the darkness of the chrysalis, the difficult labor of transformation, the rebirth, release and freedom of this delicate creature whose work sustains all of us.
If nothing else, the butterfly reminds us to remain hopeful that the hardships, loss, and inner demons we struggle with in life will not be in vain, and that there is hope, there is light, and always, there is love and grace available to each of us as we navigate this life.
My butterflies remind me of our universal need for renewal and freedom. Slowing down to appreciate play and beauty is essential . The stasis we have endured for over a year and a half will end eventually and each of us will carry personal lessons with us to apply to the rest of our lives.
These butterflies are especially dedicated to some very special people whose memories remind me to be kind, laugh, live life to the fullest, and help others... Father Andy, Deacon Classen, E.B., Mike Kinney, Ray Torres, and Sandra Rexroat, Also to the memory of friends and family who have lost loved ones this past year, I am thinking of you.
My desire is that these paintings will be a reminder of the hope and love inherent in all of our individual journeys, even during the worst times. Each one of us is born with a unique beauty and strength to find freedom from those things that oppress us - to find light and become who we were truly meant to be.
I am going to be offering customized butterfly paintings similar to the one above during the month of September. Scroll down and subscribe to my mailing list if you haven't and look for an email next week.
With love and gratitude, Gretchen