I painted this for my dear friend Cindy. This is the type of friend that when everyone else walks away, she doesn't, she hasn't. When everyone else doesn't know what to say, she does. She has seen me at my best, and my worst. My skinniest and my heaviest. My strongest and my weakest. She is one of those friends that at the end of your life, will be standing right there beside you. Unconditional Love at it's best. We are thousands of miles away from each other right now, but in my heart she is as close as can be.
Her mom has been gone for 10 years now. She recently (and shockingly...lol) posted on facebook that she and her daughter wanted to each get a discreet tattoo of a white butterfly (which she has since done). I got a tattoo a few years back, which she appreciated, but didn't feel was for her. She would just say, "ohhh, no, no, no, no, that's okay...... So I never, ever thought I would see the day Cindy got one. So of course I had to know the details. She elaborated a bit and told me that when the white butterflies come around, which they had often done this past summer, they feel they are being comforted by their “grammy”, who is sending down a light from heaven. I was so touched and inspired by that, I felt compelled to create this art for her. You know when something just flows out of you..so easy, so pure. That was this piece. There is nothing more heart warming than painting for someone you love. Couple that with the knowledge that they will treasure what you have made, as much as you treasure their friendship. There are few things in this life that make me feel more alive..... Love you Cynthia Diane…..Kelley Rae xo