Butterfly Effect" - oil on canvas, sort of a 2nd version of a
scene I painted for a commission, "Deer Hunting" but
replacing the deer with the Florida panther and no hunters.
This was for a show with a "Green" theme including the
category Florida wildlife. The scene is actually one from my
backyard except a stream replacing the trail actually there, but
with a real stream actually about 20 feet to the right.
painted the panther and had it looking up so as to get the light on
the eyes, and needed a spot for it to be gazing. Then I
noticed a butterfly shaped spot in the perfect location - I just
needed to add a butterfly to replace the accidental shape. The title
is also consistent with the green theme, from the expression that a
butterfly flapping it's wings in China could cause a hurricane in
Florida - we're all interconnected. You can't screw up
the environment anywhere without affecting everywhere.
theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive
dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one
place in a nonlinear
system can result in large differences to a later state. For
example, the presence or absence of a butterfly flapping its wings
could lead to creation or absence of a hurricane.