Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
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.