Butterfly Art Blog

 Here you will read all the latest news and view new products as they are completed. 


Disappointed but not down

Sad to say that ‘Love and Hope’ has not yet sold. Despite a big social media push and a superb response, I could not find a buyer.

It seems that Ebay was the wrong medium for this particular item but with approaching 1000 views my confidence is high.

I am now looking at alternative ways for the charity to benefit from its sale. Wychwood Gallery near Oxford, has agreed to promote the piece throughout its client base and as ever the optimist, I’m hopeful it will sell.

You met Martha the cockapoo a while back. She’s growing fast and is now with me in my studio 3 days a week.

I’m now concentrating on creating new pieces. A number of my gallery partners have none of my Butterfly art works to show and I recalled them in order to make changes.

I’ve been blessed with having received a number of enquiries and sales, so with that confidence in my back pocket I’m ready to push forward with a new collection.

No its not Darth Vader in disguise but yours truly taking things seriously.

Excited of Herts and Hearts

Locked down or locked up?

Its both I guess, but I’m fortunate that I still have a business to go to.

I’m playing within the government guidelines and I can’t do my work from home. My office is isolated so I’m as safe as anyone can be from COVID.

I’m excited because I’m getting enquiries as well as sales for my art works. As I’ve covered in previous blogs, these leads feed my artistic soul.

To me It’s counter intuitive that despite the mayhem surrounding us, art is selling and some of it is mine.

I’m super excited because I have now completed the project mentioned previously which will be sold to help raise funds for a hunger charity.

A picture tells a 1000 words so please feast your eyes on this one off signed work. The completed installation presents far better than I had hoped for and I really love the piece.

Entitled ‘Love and Hope’, it features 400 hand finished feather butterflies within its 100x100cm acrylic case and can be purchased via my website.

I’m hoping that my next post will announce the completed sale and the sum donated.

Stay safe.

Somewhere over the rainbow

The rainbow has taken on new significance for us all. For me it signifies a light at the end of this long tunnel and a belief that there’s better to come.

I’m fortunate enough not to have been touched personally by a tragedy attributed to COVID,  of course I still feel the sadness thats pervading our society.

There is joy as well as sadness and my philosophy is to seek the joy from where it may be found.

My new puppy Martha, a chocolate brown cockapoo who is a total delight and just a little naughty.

The fact that I’m healthy and seem to have avoided COVID despite some worrying symptoms a couple of weeks ago. These have now passed.

Butterfly Art moves on slowly with the odd enquiry as mentioned in my last blog.

I’m super excited to announce a fund raising version of the rainbow. This will of course feature feather butterflies. The difference from previous creations are 3 fold.
1. The classic rainbow shape and colours are being held within the shape of a heart.
2 This installation will be a one off and non repeatable item, signed by the artist and is 100x100cm
3 50% of the proceeds will go to charity.

I want to continue to make my contribution to those in need. This intended sale will I hope, go someway towards that end.

PART COMPLETED but on its way…………..

Lockdown, Butterflyart and my birthday

I’m trying to feel upbeat today as it’s my birthday but in keeping with the rest of the nation, my mood has not unreasonably been affected by our current crisis. The fears, losses of loved ones and loneliness of people isolated is sobering. Sitting in my garden in the sunshine I feel blessed that I’m safe, have enough food and I’m with my wife and sweet new puppy Martha.

Surprisingly I’ve had two butterflyart enquiries in the past few days which is a bit of a shocker all things considered. Who would have thought that people were interested in purchasing art right now? Enquiries feed my soul so keep em coming. Nothing new to report except get well soon Boris.

In It Together

24/7 in your face & in your ears so I’m only mentioning COVID 19 in passing as it would be wrong to ignore.

There are devastating outcomes resulting from the pandemic but its my belief that when we emerge from the darkness, we will all be in a better place.

This enforced pause gives us the space and time to evaluate what is important in our lives and I’m not talking toilet rolls here.

Out of necessity, businesses will spend time to look more closely at their operations. Friends and family relationships will meld more closely as they care for loved ones even from a distance.

I’m in the ‘at risk’ group but I’m continuing with my work and will use the copious time I’m now going to ‘enjoy’ to re-think, re-design and come out stronger at the end, whenever that will be.

Not however 12 weeks as BJ suggested, thats wishful thinking but I hope I’m wrong.

I’m also trying to access the grant made available to small businesses in order to survive. More on this next time but for now the grant is high on rhetoric and zero on content.
Under the circumstances the following image is kind of frivolous given the seriousness of our times but I never forgo the opportunity to post a decent image of myself. This one was taken at Affordable Art fair Battersea last week.

Till the next time.

Pushing On

Despite the current woes of the world I’m pressing ahead with my aims and ambitions to improve the reach, acceptance and growth of Michael Olsen butterfly art.

Last week I appointed a social media guru Matt Paris, to help me spread the word. He and I have made a great start. The ad campaign is planned, images of my work have been curated and I’m very excited to assess the outcome of Matts efforts in the coming weeks.Unrelated to the above, I took 2 orders last week which is encouraging for me. Both were from Cloud Gallery in Worthing so thank you to Damian.

As mentioned last week, Affordable Art Fair opens in Battersea Park from Wednesday evening. I’m hoping for a good reaction to the display of my works on Linda Blackstone’s stand.

The new design below is a variation on the ombre theme but with 2 colours only. its 75x75cm and priced at £2195