Saturday, October 13, 2012

Snow Lady Decorated in Butterflies and Flowers ...

Fall is normally my favorite season but this year the idea of it getting cold makes me sad, mainly because of all the butterflies disappearing and the flowers dying. So the other day when I was in my studio I began thinking about how beautiful it would be if you could see butterflies and flowers in the snow. Picture this, the morning right after a large snow storm when the whole world is asleep under a shimmering white blanket of snow, when the sky is that deep brilliant blue and the air is completely still. Imagine how amazing it would be to see a vibrant orange Monarch or a bright yellow Swallowtail flutter and glide about and then land on a snow covered branch. I think that would be absolutely breathtaking.
If I could build a snowman on that winter's day this is what she would look like.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly Sitting on a Pumpkin

All summer I tried to get a great photograph of a gray hairstreak butterfly. Out of all of the butterflies that visit my yard this is my favorite. They are so tiny, not much bigger than the white clover flowers you can find them sitting on.   They are also quite quick so just when you think you have the perfect shot they fly off.
I featured this stunning butterfly on my final autumn painting of the year.
The butterfly is sitting on a curly vine attached to a vibrant orange and purple pumpkin. Burgundy leaves decorated in gold glitter are found falling in the background and covering the ground.  
A vintage plastic frame that I painted with orange acrylic paint and red glitter paint surround the colorful painting.