A Butterfly’s Dream, 9.5 x 8 inches, watercolor painting on 300 lb cold pressed paper by Elizabeth Nguyen-Espinoza. This painting is one of six paintings of the butterfly series.
Life, if we really think about it, is short, and time is the bane of our existence. A Butterfly’s Dream is a painting, whereby the monarch butterfly is used as a symbol to represent our journey on earth from birth to death. The monarch butterfly shares similar path and metamorphosis, giving birth and over time transform into a mature butterfly.
Symbolically, butterflies are gentle teachers. Because of their empowering existence, they teach us how to proactively seize the opportunities for personal growth and metamorphosis. In particular, the monarch butterfly reminds us to perceive the world with grace even though life sometimes throws us some difficult challenges.
Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. The process of their metamorphosis is impressive. From egg to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterflies emerge into their unfurling glory. Many cultures associate butterflies with our souls. Some cultures believe that butterflies represent endurance, change, hope, growth, rebirth, transformation, vulnerability, grace, life, and the ability to experience the wonder of life. Watching them in our garden is just a magical experience because they are graceful and beautiful. Their journey through life is so reflective of our spiritual path. In many ways, butterflies are a reminder of the precious presence and magic in all of life — something we always should embrace. The butterfly series feature paintings of butterflies in different settings, transformation stages, and interaction with nature.