Butterfly Art Blog

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

 

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

Praise indeed

After 9 years of creating my butterfly art, I still get enormous pleasure from the positive comments and appreciation made by buyers and followers of my work.

The installation below arrived in the US last week, sold by Canvas Gallery Winchester, and this is what the purchaser had to say…,

As I was leaving this morning for work. Pnina and I spent a minute looking at the piece, we are both enamoured by it. We saw the handiwork that went into each individual butterfly, they are magnificent!

Please convey to Michael the joy he is providing us with. One of the reasons we chose a butterfly piece is that it reminds us of Pnina’s mother and father, who are both deceased. More than sixty years ago my father-in-law gathered ‘real’ butterflies and framed them for my mother-in-law.

For many years we had that on our wall, as it continued to fall apart. This piece is a gentle reminder of that and her parents too.
I think Michael accomplished the primary function of art with his work.

He made the viewer have an emotional reaction, and in this case for us it is a warm fuzzy feeling. Not to mention of course how beautiful his art is.”
Priceless remarks.

Next week Affordable art fair opens in Battersea Park. My work is being represented by Linda Blackstone Gallery. Here’s a preview of some of the works of mine that Linda will be displaying.

 

A bit like Spring

Lighter evenings, lighter mornings and temperatures above zero. It’s beginning to look and feel a bit like spring.
With this air of enthusiasm, I have revitalised blood in my veins, new ideas in my brain and the drive and determination to make this the very best butterfly art year yet.

I’m in the process employing an intern from a local art college to help me with my work, my designs and hopefully provide additional creativity.
Its my intention to associate my work with an additional 10 galleries so that my art is represented more evenly throughout the UK. Currently its very much southern England focussed.
I shall be increasing my social media and PR activities to support my gallery partners and spread the Mchael Olsen brand further afield. The public are now able to purchase my work direct from my website.
I’ve recently begun making butterfly letters. If of interest please enquire through my website contact page or call me on 07980811363
Here are some recent examples.

 

   

Michael February 2020 

Busy but not busy

As most of you are aware I’m a one man band. Head cook, bottle washer and dogs body. Therefore it doesn’t take much to make me busy even when the Art business is being blown from highs to lows by the prevailing financial and political winds.
So I’m very fortunate that whilst there are a couple of Gallery hotspots where my work is selling, I have recently won a couple of private commissions, this is very satisfying.

The work shown below was delivered last week and will be on display within a property development show home quite soon.
It 120cm x120cm and at the clients request contains 20 real butterflies amongst the 500 feather variety.
The black acrylic background of this piece shows off the butterfly colours in quite a different way compared to the normal clear backing.

 

The second commission is being built now and is 150cmx100cm and is pretty hefty. It will contain some craftily hidden messages as requested by the commissioner.
Not your normal Butterfly art. More information and images will follow as the project develops. 

Finally, a new commission from Canvas Gallery Winchester which has been recently completed.
This lovely piece is to be included in a wedding list which must be a first for my work. Very gratifying. 

 

 

Just waiting for the UK election to be over now. However something tells me that it’s not going to solve much.
Good wishes from deepest Watford

Michael November 29th