Pipevine Swallowtail Mixed Media

How do I know it’s a Pipevine Swallowtail? My 2021 National Wildlife Federation calendar titled “Treasures of Wildlife” told me.

It also told me the photographer’s name is Robert Day from Daybreak Imagery.

I respect their copyright despite the fact my use is not for profit, so I’m not going to show you the original photo. Instead, I encourage you to visit their online gallery. Richard and Sue Day are talented photographers so you’ll enjoy the visit. You may want to set a timer before you click through so you don’t lose too much time browsing.

Here’s the mixed media (iridescent watercolor, ink, and watercolor pencil) piece I made from it:

Pictured again with a little tilt for the light and iridescent paint to show off their shared talents.

I think I need to do a little reading about this butterfly. The University of Florida has a “Featured Creatures” page about them. Apparently that luminescent blue is an aid in mating.

Time to go to work. Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday Sketchin’

I couldn’t honestly tell you what got into me today. Three sketches in one day, and three sketches of somewhat decent quality to boot, is practically unheard of. Yet, here they are. The monkey sketch is based on a Kevin Horan photo which appeared in the March 2010 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

After I finished drawing the monkey, and giving him a splash of color…watercolor that is, I took a break outside with the cat. While he stalked various and sundry flying critters, I took note of my neighbor’s lacy tree. It’s actually a very large tree, so you’ll just have to use your imagination to fill in the rest.

Gimli (the cat) only wanted to stay outside for a short time (it’s not all that warm yet), so I went for a walk along the lake and pushed a little fresh air into the lungs. The back porch was filled with sunshine when I returned home, so I camped out in a chair with my drawing board and drew the pitcher plant about to capture an afternoon nom. Now, according to the article, the pitcher plat can get up to two feet tall. If this particular specimen is that large, that beetle is HUGE and it makes my skin crawl! This was drawn from a Helene Schmitz photo appearing in the same National Geographic issue.

Thanks for stopping by!