The Butterfly Story

This video was created somewhere near my 4 or 5th month of recuperation from Brain Aneurysm Surgery. 

I drew the outline of this butterfly 🦋 probably sometime in 2014. I sent the 81/2 x 11 page to the printer to be blown up. When I received the 36×36″ image, I felt disappointed. There were blotches that I thought of as ugly. I didn’t want to throw it away so I rolled it up and put it in a corner. 

May 6, 2015 I underwent brain surgery. When I came home 🏡 I had help to complete the physical tasks done, I had not been given a care team to design a plan for me. We had inquired several times but received no answers. 

So I decided to create a plan for myself / my brain.  One of the components I used was coloring and creating Zentangle images. The foundation mantra of this practice is : “There are no mistakes.” If you make an inintended mark on your paper just create something else. 

I wanted to move passed the 8 1/2 x 11″ sheets of paper. I wanted a bigger challenge. I looked over in the corner and spied the unpainted butterfly rolled up and sitting in the corner. I said to myself,” You might as well start with this butterfly instead of trying to create a new one. “. I rolled it out. I  Rubbed my hands across the surface of the paper to reacquaint myself with this old friend.  I was willing to look at it with a new perspective- There are no mistakes. 

It took maybe 2 weeks to complete coloring it. 

I layered colors and blended. I was falling in love with this butterfly.