Sunday, September 23, 2012


HARVEST TIME, a photo by JoanM. on Flickr.
The golden-crowned Kinglet is barely larger than a hummingbird but winters in Canada and Alaska.
11x14 Watercolor on Aquabord. No glass needed.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hovering - NFS

Hovering by JoanM.
Hovering, a photo by JoanM. on Flickr.
This male red-throated hummingbird is taking a break from feeding or maybe trying to pick out the sweetest flower. 12x16 watercolor on aquabord. No glass needed!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cattleya Orchid

Cattleyas are found in the American tropics from Mexico to Brazil.  Also known as Mother Orchid, Symbol of Hawaiian Royalty.
11x14 Watercolor on Aquabord, sealed with UV-Resistant Archival matte varnish so no glass needed.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bog Copper male - NFS

A North American butterfly which spends his lifetime in a single acid cranberry bog.  They are 7/8" to 1" and are hard to catch because of their habitat.  But if you sit quietly for a while, they might light on your shoulder.
8x10 watercolor on aquabord.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

American Painted Lady - NFS

American Painted Lady by JoanM.
American Painted Lady, a photo by JoanM. on Flickr.
Did you know butterflies are solar powered? Or that they can see more colors than humans? The American Painted Lady migrates independent of seasonal changes and can travel 100 miles a day at almost 30MPH. The American Painted Lady might be the most cold tolerant of all painted ladies and their close relative, the Red Admiral. It is believed that they overwinter in northern US.
An Irish Blessing: May the winds of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on to bring you luck, happiness and riches today, tomorrow and beyond.
9x12 watercolor on aquabord.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Red Admiral -NFS

Red Admiral by JoanM..
Red Admiral

When the Red Admiral is viewed from above, he appears quite different in color. When his wings are spread, he is black and a very striking luminous bluish green.
His territory is quite widespread from southern New England to Florida and as far west at the Dakotas.
9x12" watercolor on Aquabord.
Papago Tribe - If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. Since a butterfly can make no sound, the butterfly can not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit who hears and sees all. In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the Great Spirit always grants the wish. So, according to legend, by making a wish and giving the butterfly its freedom, the wish will be taken to the heavens and be granted

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail by JoanM.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, a photo by JoanM. on Flickr.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is seen from New England to Florida and as far west as the Great Plains. The female can be up to 5.5" and can be distinguished from the male by the blue spots. 9x12" watercolor on Aquabord.

For the Ancient Greeks, the transformation of the butterfly from pupa to adult was a metaphore of the soul's resurrection and immortality. In fact, the Ancient Greek word for butterfly is a word which also means "soul" or "mind".

Red Spotted Purple - NFS

Red Spotted Purple by JoanM.
Red Spotted Purple, a photo by JoanM. on Flickr.
Red Spotted Purple

The Red Spotted Purple is an especially beautiful butterfly whose range is eastern to central USA, and northwestern Mexico. They are 2-1/4" to 4" and like open wooded areas.
9x12 watercolor on aquabord.