Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

5x7 Watercolor

I painted this butterfly from one of Tom's photos. The butterfly wings in the photo surprised me. I always think of Mourning Cloaks as being very dark, almost black. However, several fieldguides agreed that they are purple. The sun shining on the wings gave an unusual glow to the butterfly. My goal was to paint that glow.

I am always pleased to see the first Mourning Cloak each year. They are one of the first butterflies of spring. Sometimes they can be seen as early as March in Ohio. This is because they overwinter as an adult, finding shelter in a crevice of a fallen log or under the shaggy bark of a tree.


  1. This is just the kind of stuff I was hoping to find on your blog--paintings and nature info.

    It's almost like walking with you!

  2. i wish I could paint like that! Lovely painting:)

  3. I loved that butterfly and it did glow. You are a wonderful artist. Keep it up.

  4. I appreciate your interest and work! A Mourning Cloak landed on me and stayed for 3 or 4 minutes yesterday. It was very dark, but the blue was fabulous.

  5. Thank you for your comment about the Mourning Cloak. They are wonderful butterflies. When I see the first one each year I feel Spring has arrived.