Butterfly Art Blog
Here you will read all the latest news and view new products as they are completed.
The Sun is shining, its a beautiful day and I have good things to report & not all of it related to Butterfly Art.
On the health front I’ve suffered from arthritis for some time and recently discovered a fantastic anti-inflammatory tea mix. It’s completely natural and since I’ve been taking it the pain of arthritis and my sore shoulder are much improved. I buy this tea from Spice Way in Radlett and highly recommend it for inflammation. This is what it looks like and whilst not cheap, IT WORKS!
I spent all of yesterday tidying my studio and am very happy now that it’s in order. I can find what I’m looking for without spending half an hour searching through a mess. I feel so much better walking into a clean and clear space which I’m hoping it will reflect a clean and clear approach to my work. Moving on to my work, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been extremely busy over the last month. Orders have been coming in for commissions through my network of art galleries who represent me. My website has also attracted new clientele which has generated sales too. This is all very positive and I’ve decided to take on an assistant through the governments Kickstart scheme. For at least six months, I will employ and train a young person to help me with production and design and hope the appointment will speed up the process of getting my work into the public domain much more rapidly. At present I’m head cook and bottle washer which results on my efforts being spread very thin on many fronts. An assistant will definitely improve the situation and as a bonus, the government is funding the first six months salary.
A commission in the process of creation.
I’ve mentioned my lovely dog Martha in the past who continues to be a joy. She gets me out and about and it’s so wondrous to see her leaping through forests and meadows when we go walking.
I’m going to Greece for a couple of weeks mid August. Naturally, I am really looking forward to it and even though Greece is on the amber list, I’ve had both my vaccinations. I’m hoping that nothing will happen between now and then to spoil the rest I really need. Have a lovely summer everybody.
This unique piece comprises a riot of blue/turquoise & peach feather butterflies set on a ‘floating’ white centre panel. The panel is 160cmx40cm inside a clear acrylic box which is 180x60cm.The beauty of work speaks for itself and has been previously hung in a high-end property. Along the way, It’s picked up one or two minor marks on the case which are too small to photograph. Due to the nature of this slightly less than perfect work, it is for sale at a considerably lower price than the £6000 it would normally be sold at. You’ll be hard-pressed to notice the faults if they weren’t pointed out to you. However, as such, it can’t be sold as a perfect item. Please direct any enquries to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-post lockdown post
Hi all, the end is nigh and hopefully that’s good news for us all, and not the end of the world!
There’s definitely a positive vibe in the air and even a little healing sunshine. I hope you share my enthusiasm for what hopefully will put an end to this dreadful past 12 months.
I’m certainly enthusiastic and looking forward to freedom, creativity and going out for a meal at the very least.
Creatively, I’ve been fairly busy which has conspired to keep me sane as well as keep my little business going. Once galleries re-open I’m looking forward to a busier time.
By way of a change I thought I’d show you behind the scenes of one of my works. You’ve seen Blue Man II in the past and the image below illustrates my new method of fixing the butterflies into the panel so that they don’t drop out in transit. What you see is a series of tiny metal bullets that are hot glued into the panel with the butterfly wires then glued through the bullets into place. “Escaping butterflies” have been a problem over the years and it’s taken me ages to develop a methodology for fixing the butterflies permanently. I hope I have it cracked now although it’s much more time consuming. To my eyes the back looks like a work of art in itself and I just thought I’d share it with you.
Martha my beloved Cockerpoo cut her paw a month ago and he’s only just starting to exercise again. She’s like a coiled spring and the joy of watching her run free at last is immeasurable.
Until the next time.
Wishing all of my readers a healthy, happy and prosperous year to come. My wishes to you are in order of their importance to me, health being the river from which flow all the other positives. Without good health there’s nothing.
Surprisingly and despite restrictions in the ability of art galleries to operate, there’s been good butterfly art activity over the last couple of months.
At this moment it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel but my glass being half full keeps me positive, determined & focussed. I’m filling much of my time creating new works so that when we finally get back on an even keel, I will have a collection of exciting designs and projects to whet the appetite of buyers all over the world. I’m not being grandiose mentioning the world because as I write, I’m preparing ‘Blue man III’ who will be shipped to New York in a couple of weeks.
Not quite New York, but Bromley in Kent see’s the arrival of a beautiful work of mine below. It is 2m long and is located in the kitchen of a very happy client.
Whilst not a new years resolution, its my aim to improve the quality of my photography in the year to come. The highly reflective nature of acrylic surfaces make capturing the beauty and colours of my work a challenge. However I’m slowly getting to grips with lighting and ways to improve the image quality and how my work is portrayed on my website.
Finally, I welcome Westover Gallery Bournemouth to my select list of gallery partners. We’re both hoping for great things once all galleries are permitted to re-open. Here’s a link to my page https://www.westovergallery.co.uk/search?s=michael+olsen
Till the next time
It’s almost December and we’re just about to emerge from lockdown and into new restrictions. I’m saying nothing as it’s all been said. We’re all as frustrated as one another but of course to differing degrees. The saddest part is the loss of loved ones that most people are experiencing, myself included.
I’m continuing to use this quiet period to create new works which will be ready for a hopeful upswing in business in 2021. I’m pleased to say that my new lower-priced creations are attracting interest as well as sales. The latest version has been posted on my website and although the photography is not yet completed here is a sneak peak.
My beloved dog Martha continues to be a light in my life and that of my family. I have never smiled so much. If you go back to my post from June this year you’ll see just how much she’s grown. And her coat matches the butterflies!
This past few months have seen me review my artistic activities in the light of our changing world. In common with many people, I’m looking for alternative ways to keep my business in business and survive. By no means exclusively, I’m looking for new designs & ideas as well as additional routes to market, including new galleries. To this end I’m very pleased to announce that Westover Gallery in Bournemouth will shortly become a stockist of my work and we are very excited to be joining forces. Below is one of a number of artworks that they will be receiving within the next two weeks.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know but I’ve been banging on about a lower priced version of my work in order for it to reach a wider audience. It’s now ready to launch. You’ll find a more complete set of Images on my ’new additions’ page https://www.butterflyart.co.uk/new-additions/ This medium-size version measuring 850x600mm approx, sells for just £725 including UK delivery.
No corners have been cut to create this work which has the same sparkle and flair in common with all my work. Initially these will only be available direct through my website and not through my gallery partners.
For me the next few months will be about hanging in there, surviving and being creative in all areas. That said, I’m enthusiastic about the future. As long and as I can keep fit and healthy, I will be implementing a plan so that Michael Olsen Butterfly Art can be more successful when we eventually emerge from the dark tunnel that we’re all in.