Glastonbury Art Study


On my easel:  a large art study of Glastonbury, Somerset, England.  Copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer

Glastonbury is a lot. It is a neolithic site, a pagan site, and place of worship for Christians. It is also a focus point for those who love the Arthur Legend, remarkable landscape features, mythology and astronomy. There is a respectable list of male gods or holy man associated to this place: Herne the Hunter, Christ (as a young boy), Joseph of Arimathea and King Arthur. Glastonbury is also very much a sacred feminine place where people who believe Maria Magdalena as well as Genevieve were buried, visit Glastonbury’s Chalice and White well and notice the lay-out of the former island. In fact, this place is so densely filled with stories and beliefs because Nature’s energy and beauty is so tangible there. People of all religions and backgrounds feel attracted such places; many of them are ambitious to ‘claim’ it. glastonbury-white

I have drawn a study that has many of Glastonbury’s famous features. The  former Avalon’ island’ with its Tor, the feminine ground plan of Avalon, the two wells, Glastonbury hawthorn -as is said- was planted by Joseph or Arimathea, the landscape zodiac discovered by the artist Katherine Maltwood in 1934, Herne the Hunter God, and last but not least, the name and French symbol of Maria. In the front of the island, stand Glastonbury Cathedral ruins and in front of that I have drawn a Hawthorn branch. On the branch rests a Peacock butterfly.

I have chosen a butterfly as a center-piece. Butterflies symbolize transformation. When people visit shrines or holy places or go on a pilgrimage, they wish to undergo a personal or spiritual transformation. Often this transformation happens and as a consequence pilgrims tell others about their visit to holy mountains, holy wells, or caves. These narratives lead to even more expectations, visits and significance of places where Nature manifests herself in a profound way.

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Glastonbury Top

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Glastonbury Down


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Butterflies with Brambles (Apatura iris and Polygonia c-album)

Butterflies with Brambles
Butterflies with Brambles, original and A5 reproduction, coloured pencils Paula Kuitenbrouwer

I was inspired to this Butterfly Composition after my family went out for bramble picking. There I stood, surrounded by bramble bushes and butterflies. I enjoyed it, despite the many scratches.To match the red and blue brambles, I chose a bluish Purple Emperor, Apatura iris, which is a Eurasian butterfly.For a reddish butterfly, I was charmed by the Comma (Polygonia c-album) with its irregular wing edges.  It is wonderful to see that how rich nature makes a simple red-blue theme. It doesn’t feel like a two coloured composition at all. Nature won’t let itself be categorized in colours. 
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Swallowtail Butterfly, Broad Chaser Dragonfly, and a Zebra Cactus

Butterfly, Dragonfly, Cactus

A Swallowtail butterfly & Broad Chaser Dragonfly with a Zebra cactus


The Scarce Swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius, is despite its name (scarce) quite common in Italy, where I saw many of them.

I have seen the The Broad Chaser Dragonfly, Libellula depressa, in the Netherlands. In the male the abdomen develop a blue colour that, like that of a lightning bug, seems both transparent and iridescent, and even shine a bit. On the photo of my drawing, you won’t be able to see that much, but to get this special colour, I’ve used metallic blue by Derwent. It makes this special part of this dragonfly stand out.

A Zebra cactus, Haworthia attenuata, is a succulent with a shape similar to that of aloe plant. They have clusters of thick, pointed green leaves with bumpy white lines in stripes around each leaf. Zebra plants are small, growing less than 6 inches tall. For us it is a house plant, thought in warmer climates it can grows outdoors.


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Prodryas persephone

See here, my butterflies and an engraving of the fossil (1887) of a Prodryas persephone, an extinct butterfly. It was the first butterfly fossil to be found in North America. It is unusually well preserved. This fossil has amazing detail and clarity. It was collected in the late 1800s by the Mrs. Charlotte Hill, a homesteader turned naturalist, who helped discover many important fossils.

I’m inspired by the contrast of the hard shale deposits of Late Eocene age and the fragility of the butterfly. The force of raindrops on rocks make them wear down, and a fragile butterfly can leave an imprint in stone. It tells us Die Milde Macht Ist Gross (gentle power works well).

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Dragonfly and Swallowtail Butterfly

Blog2 Original Dragonfly Swallowtail Butterfly coloured-pencil drawing, postcards, and mouse-pad, copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer

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On an ideal day, after home schooling my daughter, I have plenty of time to draw. The clock doesn’t seem to tick…..the day will last forever. Inspired by teaching the Great Masters, I start a new oil painting, carefully preparing it with a white-black under layer, time to start cooking is still far away.

Christmas-Happy Holidays Cards

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There is even enough time to toy with my camera.

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A Swallowtail and a Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly

I appreciate the beauty of the last, bright yellow leaves on the garden arches. They add fragility and a sense of impermanence to the brick filled picture.

Blue and yellow are complementary colours: the blue of the bricks and the bluish-grey  large photo of the old gate of this small court, and the yellow leaves go very well together.

Blue and yellow, fragility and impermanence are also to be found in my drawing of a Swallowtail and a Broad-bodied Chaser.

A Swallowtail and a Broad-bodied Chaser, copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer


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Pumpkin with Autumn Butterflies

Pumpkin with Autumn Butterflies, copyright Paula Kuitenbrouwer.

Photo Thomas Kluck


A beautiful pumpkin with one flower and two leaves. I show two sides of one leaf. The flower is blooming but its characteristic wrinkled appearance shows. The pumpkin shows some marks with emphasizes Autumn all the more.

The butterfly on the right is a Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae (Dutch ‘Kleine Vos’). This butterfly can be seen on warm Autumn days.

The butterfly on the left is a Comma, the well known Polygonia c-album (Dutch  ‘Gehakkelde Aurelia’).  I choose both Fall butterflies because they correspond in colour with the pumpkin.


I have drawn a real life scene: a factually correct combination of botany and butterflies.


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