Dance

I have been noticing several yellow butterflies in my yard lately.  So when one landed in my oak tree the other day, I decided to take a photo of it so I could identify it:

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I couldn’t get real close to it before it flew away.  Yet, I was able to identify it as a Western Tiger Swallowtail.

It is considered an active butterfly, rarely seen at rest.  I was thrilled that I was able to see this one land!

I needed to look at a better photo in order to draw it in my sketchbook.  I was so excited to see that Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd recently posted several AMAZING photos of Tiger Swallowtail butterflies on her blog!  Be sure to check them out here:  https://backyardbirdnerd.com/2016/06/21/ten-tiger-pictures/

Kathy generously gives me permission to use her photos in my artwork – Thank you Kathy!  🙂  I used her first photo to paint this butterfly in my art journal using gouache and color pencils:

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I added a little collage to the bottom of the page with matte medium and watercolor on top.

Whenever I see a butterfly, I am reminded of the song, “I Hope You Dance,” by Lee Ann Womack:

I hope you will dance like a butterfly this weekend!

Cheers!  🙂

23 responses to “Dance

  1. It’s beautiful, Jill. 🙂

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  2. Tiger Swallowtails are beautiful. I haven’t seen one since I was a child (when I was chasing after them with my butterfly net…). A great addition to your nature journal! (K)

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  3. Wow, you did a beautiful job with this, Jill! Really impressive! They are so gorgeous. Kathy’s photos blow me away, and those in particular. Well done!

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    • Thanks Laura! 😃 Don’t look too closely as I made some errors on this one! Drawing butterflies is hard! I used gouache so I could cover up several mistakes… Happy weekend, friend! 🌈💕

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      • I’m impressed with your butterfly, Jill! You won’t change my mind on this one! I tried a butterfly once and haven’t had the courage to try again. I love Kathy’s photos but……nope. I’d love to though but they are so detailed. I think you did a wonderful job, errors or no, they sure weren’t obvious to me! Great weekend to you too, my friend!

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  4. Coincidence…although not the same type, I saw our FIRST butterfly of the season and it was yellow. (Spring is late in Launching, PEI!)

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  5. Beautiful butterfly, Jill! I ought to do more since family went to a butterfly place and gave me photos. You can draw those too 😌

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    • Thank you, Catherine! 😍 I definitely need more practice with butterflies as I found it hard to get both wings to look alike. Thank you for giving me permission to draw from your photos too! 😃🎨💕

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  6. Wow Jill…your artwork really is amazing. Obviously, I am partial to art that has nature in it, so I absolutely loved this! And the song has always been a favorite.

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  7. Love this butterfly, Jill! It’s gorgeous! Beautiful lines, details, colors and nice graphic quality. Cool! 😍

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  8. A marvellous sketch, and I think your journal is becoming very very special:-)

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  9. Wonderful and creative job, it oozes joy! Happy weekend to you oxoxo

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  10. Jill there is something so special about butterflies. I adore this art and I also adore Kathy’s site too. Sunday feels so much brighter after seeing your yellow butterfly Jill, thank you for sharing and inspiring me.

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  11. Beautiful addition to your art journal, and the song, (a favorite), icing on the cake. Thank you for sharing.

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