The Butterfly ~ A Symbol of Resurrection

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In George Ferguson’s informative book, “Signs and Symbols in Christian Art” he lists the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. He explains, “The butterfly is sometimes seen in paintings of the Virgin and Child, and is usually in the Child’s hand. It is a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ. In a more general sense, the butterfly may symbolize the resurrection of all men. This meaning is derived from the three stages in its life as represented by the caterpillar, the chrysalis, and the butterfly, which are clearly symbols of life, death, and resurrection.” (page 13)

This Easter, I set out to design some eggs using this Christian symbol. I believe Jesus rose from his tomb three days after his crucifixion, so the butterfly is more than just a beautiful symbol of the past, it is a symbol of future hope. Why?

Paul wrote to the early Christians living in the city of Corinth:

” I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” (I Corinthians 15:50)

Are we going to become butterflies? No, much better than that. Paul explains earlier in his letter, “Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.  They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies.”

We will have new bodies, able to do unimaginably more than we can in our physical bodies. Like what? The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what it will be like, but if Jesus was walking through walls, appearing to different people in different places, and flying up to heaven, we have clues of how amazing it will be.

 How can I believe in something supernatural? There are many reasons, but I’ll share one. The Hebrew prophet, Isaiah, wrote in detail about Christ’s life and death 700 years before Jesus was born. I’ve never heard any convincing explanation as to how someone could get the details of another’s human being’s life and death so accurate seven centuries before they lived, except that it was information given to him from God. The almost incomprehensible accuracy of the Hebrew scribal tradition (how they copied their scrolls and passed them on through the centuries) was affirmed by the discovery of the book of Isaiah among the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. The Qumran copy matched up with the earliest text at that time, which was a thousand years younger. The text had not been tampered with and it had not been altered. So we find ourselves in an interesting situation when we come to Isaiah. We can choose either coincidence or divine revelation. Given the time that passed between Isaiah and the birth of Jesus (700 years), I find coincidence to be more difficult to believe! Excellent scholarly exposition on this topic can be read here. To my mind, the Bible has proven itself to be a supernatural book, and this is one reason I believe the biblical account of the Resurrection of Christ to be true.

Here are a dozen more “eggs to crack” if you’re curious about the claims of Christ’s Resurrection.

I began with wooden eggs that were already painted white. Using patterns on my phone as a guide, I sketched the designs using a .03 mm. Micron pen.  Chameleon alcahol ink markers added gradient blended hues to the wings.  It was a bit tricky, since the markers smeared the pen. I had to be careful, but the fin tip ends of the markers allowed me to color in the small spaces.

Here are some process photos~ Thanks for stopping by to see my art and may God richly bless you and yours this Resurrection Sunday!

 

~Scarlett
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 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”

John 11:25
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Art Eggs Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly



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These art eggs are inspired by the American minimalist, Ellsworth Kelly. In my last video, I discussed the philosophy of naturalism and how Ellsworth Kelly’s work exemplifies it. As a Christian, I am passionate about the intersection of the arts and faith. I’d love to hear your feedback!

If you’d like to paint some modern art eggs of your own, you can find plain white wooden eggs at Hobby Lobby, as well as the Master’s Touch acrylic colors. They lend well to the imitation of Kelly’s bright hues and simple forms. The 1/4″ red tape is also from Hobby Lobby.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by to see my art!  ~Scarlett
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Easter Eggs Inspired by the Blanton Museum of Art

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It’s not easy coming up with unique Easter egg projects!   Every year I try to come up with an inspiration for Easter eggs that I haven’t seen before.  Not an easy task!

Using metallic blue and white acrylic paints, I set out to paint some eggs inspired by the Blanton Museum of Art. The atrium of the BMoA features an installation of poured acrylic slats adhered to the walls, created by artist Teresita Fernandez. It’s called “Stacked Waters“.

I mixed up three shades of blue and sketched the design on the egg lightly in pencil.

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Using a small, flat paint brush, I added varying shades of blue in horizontal segments, just like the walls of the museum.

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To add some variety to the basket, I also rolled some of the eggs around in the leftover paint for fun.  They definitely have the “Stacked Waters” look!

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at my Easter egg project for 2016. Have a blessed Easter weekend!  ~Scarlett

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Tin Can Bird Feeder

This project is a great way to up-cycle your tin cans.

All you need is a few tools and you can create cute little bird feeders.

To decorate my feeder I used polka-dot tape and red hemp cord.

First punch a hole in the can with an awl…

Using a strong cutter (mine are Cutco scissors which can easily cut tin) cut a hole in the front…

I used a regular hole-punch to punch holes at the top of the can.

I wrapped the edges in tape so nobody’s beak get scratched!

 

I wrapped a soft piece of yellow yarn around the edges toward the back to make extra sure they were covered well.  I have a ‘thing’ about rough metal edges…they make me nervous!

With needle-nose plyers, I folded this piece in half and pinched it down…

Then I made another hole with the awl and stuck an old golf tee in it, adding a little glue around the hole.

 

 

 

And here’s a little trick to keep the bird-seed from spilling out of the hole when you hang your feeder.  Take a plastic medicine cup and hot-glue it on the inside of the can, right above the hole.

Be sure and cover the top of your feeder, too.  I used some netting I had, held on by a rubber band.

Fill your feeder with seed and enjoy some new  feathered guests in your yard!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project, I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Don’t forget to hop over and ‘like’ my FB page. I post photos and drawings of ideas on my page that I don’t post here.

 

 

On the Music Player:  The Austin Troubadorsa local group based here in Austin, TX, specializing in music from the Middle Ages and Rennaisance.  This track is called “Pessamezzo” found on their first CD,  “Meditarranean Journey”.