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A Spectacular Butterfly Visit…

Painted Lady Butterfly – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

These days here in Southern California we have so many beautiful small “Painted Lady Butterflies” flying everywhere!
It is so wonderful to watch, they are everywhere flying fast, I heard that they are millions and are migrating coming from Mexico passing  here going to their destination in Northern California.

Painted Lady Butterfly 2019 California Migration –  Photo ©CarolinaRusso

This year we had lots of rain in the past weeks more than our usual and this is the cause while the butterflies are here they had more food in this location and slowed their pace for their migration. It is the first time that I see something like this and so many joyful little beauties! In my photo above you can see all the lovely colors isn’t she wonderful? A nature masterpiece and she seems big, but actually these butterflies are very small like one inch tall while close wings and a two inches wings span. At first I thought that they were baby Monarch because the similarity in the orange  color and design when the wings are open but actually they are “Painted Lady” I love butterflies of any kind they are magical creatures so precious and beautiful! I also have one tattooed on my foot. They have wonderful symbolic meanings of change and transformation, beauty, joy and cycle changes in life.

Painted Lady Butterfly – Watercolor Painting ©CarolinaRusso

Today I wanted to paint one to remember this magical event and special moment witnessing the 2019 butterflies migration.  I  also wanted to honor the little one you see standing on the rock in my photos, she is not alive anymore ♥️ late last night I found her inside the house on a screen door and gently I had her grip to my finger so that I could bring her outside and let her free, she did walked on my finger and walked in my palm where she decided to spread her wings wide open like to show me all her beauty. I was fascinated to see her color and she closed her wings while standing in my hand…I didn’t know but that was her last breath 😥 I found her this morning like this standing still like when I left her in the garden. I guess if they are migrating she must’ve been exhausted so I kept it and I will treasure her! I hope to find a good way to preserve her ♥️

My mini painting is a little Tribute in appreciation of the universal love and wonderful wildlife and to this lovely Painted Lady that decided to rest and stay in peace forever with me ❤

❤ Details about my painting:
 My Ink drawing is outlined with ink pens..  Ink pens used COPIC Multiliner Black ink #03. Fountain Pen Pilot Prera Fine Nib.  A Alvin Draft/Matic #03 Limited Edition Pink Mab Graves Pencil.  A dash of watercolor,  I used  French Artists Watercolors  Sennelier  l’Aguarelle,  Pentel Aqua Brush – I painted on BeePaper  for watercolor 150lb, cold pressed, size 4.5×6 inches .

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