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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

Forget the Butterflies

A ballerina stops dancing mid-pirouette when butterflies begin to dance with her in this original painting.

Story: I look up, and just for a moment I am perfectly still. I am awed by their presence, for this is the first time they have come out for me, and their appearance was sudden. My reaction was instinctive, and I couldn't keep it in check. The very second I remember where I am and what I love doing and all that is at stake, I forget the butterflies and continue to dance. I am lucky: I realised quickly and didn't fall into the trap. Or if I did, I wiggled out fast enough to emerge unscathed. The butterflies are known to be dangerous. They seduce dancers into dancing for their approval – and then the dancers forget why they ever danced at all, and dancing turns from joy to chore. The butterflies don't mean to do it: they think they're being kind, showing their appreciation with their beautiful flight. But their expectations can weigh down a dancer. That's why I have no choice but to forget the butterflies. As long as I do that, the music will never stop.

Media: Acrylic and mixed media

Surface: Box canvas

Size: 20cm x 20cm x 1.5cm [depth]; 7.87" x 7.87" x 0.59" [depth]