Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pipevine Swallowtails (Battus philenor)

This is a gouache painting that I recently finished, painted from some photographs that I took while on a summer vacation in the western part of Virginia. These colorful butterflies are found in North and Central America.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Goldfinch Drawings

Apparently goldfinches are very common in the area where I live but I hadn't seen many until I put a thistle feeder in a tree on my patio. Can't see the birds for the trees! :) I've tried several times over the years to put a feeder in various places around my yard but the flying squirrels seem to find them and then find cozy nesting places in the attic. Finally I think all of the necessary patching of places where they can sneak in are fixed! (I wonder if flying squirrels like thistle. I have to admit that they are cute. At least the trapper I found to remove them from the attic releases them in his woods when he goes home. Apparently a few of ours got loose in his house and his wife wasn't too happy with him. Yikes!)

Here are a few drawings of the goldfinches that visit the feeder. The males are turning bright yellow for mating season. I included a photo I took from the window.