Mixed Media Artist

The Girl With The Butterfly Pin

This is a 5″x7″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are.5″ and are painted red.
It is available HERE.

Inspired by a pin by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Imogen had her last day of grade one on Tuesday. It was bitter sweet. As a surprise, Chris and I both went to meet her at the bus so we could walk home together, just the three of us ( Scarlett was at the park with Aunty Emma and Don).

It is rare that Chris and I do anything alone with Imogen, so it was nice. We bought her a freezie from the corner store and she talked non stop all the way home. She was sad about finishing grade one and not having Mr. Stawn as a teacher anymore but she was also happy that it was summer holidays and maybe even a little excited about the idea of going into grade two in September.

It was a hot day, she looked a little war torn and beautiful all at once. Her daddy held one hand and I held the other and I can tell you now, I will remember that walk home for the rest of my life because I had decided to be in the moment and by doing so, I made it a moment. I took off the blinders I feel I have been wearing the last little while. I stopped thinking about work, the house cleaning and money and I just let myself experience my little girl’s big day. I tried to remember what it felt like to be finishing grade one and to be seven and I am so very grateful I did. I felt that I too accomplished something great, stopping long enough to not only smell the roses but to be grateful for them as well. And boy, do I ever have a lot of blooming roses to be grateful for!


7 responses

  1. so beautiful. i love it. and the story that goes with it.
    i can’t wait to be walking home from school with my little boy!
    thank you for the reminder to be more present. x

    July 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    • Thanks Patricia! I really have to remind myself all the time. That day I gave myself a good kick in the pants …sometimes this is necessary!

      July 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

  2. Be careful behind every rose there is analaergy

    July 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  3. Sarah Bowie

    Wonderful blog post. It’s impossible to slow down and experience every second of life. But you hit some wonderful highlights with the graduation day. Big smile.

    July 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    • Thanks Sarah! I pass that on to Imogen!

      July 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

  4. Shelly

    A SPARKLY butterfly…sigh*…..she’s transforming right before our eyes, not unlike the boy who goes to bed then wakes up having grown 2 shoe sizes bigger during the night!

    I love how you painted her lips.

    July 3, 2010 at 12:45 am

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