Butterfly Cycle – Painting

Butterfly Cycle Painting by Nicole Cleary

Butterfly Cycle Painting by Nicole Cleary

After creating my portfolio website design, I felt attached to my branding concept of a butterfly growing from an egg on a leaf (stage 1), to a caterpillar (stage 2), to a cacoon (stage 3), and finally pushing out of the cocoon to reveal a beautifully colored butterfly (stage 4). I had created these illustrations specifically for my website design, but I wanted more for them. I had to find a way to use them again.
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Midnight in Paris – My Trip And The Movie

City of Paris, France - Photo by Brian Cleary

Paris from over the river Seine
- Photo by Brian Cleary.

“Midnight in Paris” is an inspiringly different movie. The first five minutes gives a magnificent ode to the city of Paris. It began with a lowly clarinet, sounding a slow, jazz tune. The scene transitions from street to street, monument to monument, from day to night to rain. Paris is beautiful in the rain. It glistens and shines, as if covered by billions of lit diamonds. It is so beautiful that it brought me to tears several times. And I feel that the director and writer, Woody Allen, mirrored that beauty in the film.

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