The sweetest little girl sits for her portrait in her lavender dress with a big purple heart. Her long red curls flow over her shoulders and hold a large, white carnation flower. The background image is a mix of blue, yellow and white. Water drops were added for texture. Above her head flies a purple and single white butterfly.
A purple butterfly is known to symbolize several severe medical conditions and a social issue. Purple is the symbol for Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s Syndrome and Domestic Violence. What’s interesting is that I have personal experience with everything the purple ribbon, butterfly and heart has come to symbolize.
A few years ago I thought it was pointless for a person to put ribbons on their car or wear one on their shirt. I thought, what’s that supposed to do? It doesn’t cure anything. Then one day I was going in the store and I saw a purple ribbon on the back of a car. I was having a bad day, my body was killing me but I needed to get a few items. I finally got it. Ribbons of support no longer seemed pointless, but validating. It was as if she said, “I understand. Me, too.”
Art Title: Elizabeth and the Butterfly
Art by: Faith Magdalene Austin
Medium: Acrylic, signed, matte sealed, mounted
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Style: Original Acrylic, Modern Art
The painting “Suppose I Can Fly” has found a wall to call her own.
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