Let's go back in time.
This butterflies piece has been floating around my studio
for a long time. I have been unhappy with it and ready to scrap it,
but hated to waste all those hours spent making so many butterflies.
At one point I started to create a colorful and realistic butterfly
to add as a center of interest.
I did finish and added it but this colorful butterfly was out of place
and did not make me like the piece any better.
Here above and below details that I kept coming back to, but still was unhappy.
So in between other thoughts and art I started drawing dead or falling apart
dried cone flowers.
Colored pencil drawing on the left with photos on the right.
Friday morning I looked out my studio window and saw these
deer wandering around our yard and the one next door.
We do live in the District of Columbia with a very small yard.
Then Friday at about noon, I finally decided to
cut my butterfly piece in two and make it a pair or diptych.
As I cut it in two pieces, our power went out.
While the NE was having a very bad storm we had the high winds, here.
Now what does a person who would rather shoot myself
than go without my sewing machine do?
And in the cold........
Having added a very warm sweater or two,
I sat by a sunny window, as it was still daylight and very bright
and started to hand stitch a lining.
Continuing on a powerless Saturday and sitting by
our gas fireplace and a close window
I continued to, ugh! hand stitch a lining on both pieces.
Now must connect all the pieces and add that casing.
About 9 PM on Saturday our power came back.
We are once again warm and I will happily go back to
my wonderful sewing machine to finish this pair.
Perhaps in my next episode I will show a completed butterfly pair.