A couple of weeks ago I found myself in a painting mood with only a few hours left in our mountain house before having to return to Northern Virginia. Starting something new – especially getting out all of my oil paints etc. seemed daunting. I decided to paint a butterfly because I hadn’t done one in quite a while. Below is the result of that exercise. This is a swallowtail with blue on the wings, which presented an added challenge but I was happy with the result. The paint is gouache and the black markings are ink. I hope you like it!