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Friday, July 22, 2011

GIANT Yellow Swallowtails

I am an avid gardener....did I say avid?  I meant virtual!  And as a virtual gardener, I love the creatures that are attracted to a blooming garden.  You know I have asked several outstanding garden photogs if I could paint from their work and once again I share two pieces from the blog of Meems at Hoe and Shovel.
These are Giant Yellow Swallowtails, male and female, sneaking around the red penta blooms.
Meems has a wonderful way of catching her subjects mid-flight which is wonderful
but can pose a problem for the artist.

This is the showy male.  He is rendered in pencil on a 6" x 6" prepared board.  The backgrounds are done first in acrylic which I like to treat as watercolor....mushing it all around to see what abstract looks I can get before getting serious and detailed with the pencils.

Here's the female, not as vibrant but all a'flutter as she sips her morning breakfast.  I did these so they could hang side by side (at the same bush if you will).  Or in a narrow space in a vertical format.
I hate to think of them as a broken pair (maybe they weren't even married to start with); but I will sell them separately if they are not taken together first.  You can check them out HERE if you have a home for them.


  1. So lovely, Cindy. Great virtual garden!

  2. These paintings are really lovely. Somehow I've got the feeling that these butterflies are friendly. I'm not quite sure why. Colors, softness...?


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