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BEES AND BUTTERFLIES

PeacockAs an illustrator I painted many butterflies and my attachment to them is deep. Butterflies represent transformation, which is something that occurred in my life. I also view them as a beautiful metaphor for grief and death. I have mentioned butterflies in song lyrics for this reason. Below are more illustrations of butterflies and a few close-ups.Swallowtail Butterfly-MorphoRed-Tipped Lime Lacewing

Close up Lime
Close up Butterfly-MorphoI also want to share an illustration of a honeybee.

Honey Bee
Honeybee closeup

My blog where I describe my technique with a lot more information is at: 

http://foodartist.wordpress.com

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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MONARCH BUTTERFLY ILLUSTRATIONS

Monarch 1I have a strong attachment to butterflies and years ago I created a series of butterfly paintings that were used on notecards. I am sharing only the Monarch butterfly illustrations here and I’ve included my layout and close-ups.

Art director's notes and layout.

Art director’s notes and layout.

This is a male monarch because of the black spot on the lower wings.

This is a male monarch because of the black spot on the lower wings.

My photo reference.

My photo reference. I “rented” this specimen.

Close up of my painting.

Close up of my painting.

Butterfly Notecards front Butterfly Notecards backMy blog where I describe my technique with a lot more information is at: http://foodartist.wordpress.comButterfly notecards

© 2013 by Judy Unger, http://www.myjourneysinsight.com and 20 Lines A Day. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Judy Unger with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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Butterfly

I’d like to be a butterfly

Though  swiftly their lives do go by

But while they live, they bring a smile

To all who see their carefree style

 

So beautiful they are, you know

While they do flutter to and fro

And every one does still awake

The child within, make no mistake

 

If only I could live that way

As if my last day was today

To simply be, until I’m not

To make the most of what I’ve got

 

Alas, I’m not a butterfly

And sometimes human tears I cry

I’m selfish sometimes, yes it’s true

When circumstances make me blue

 

But God has made me with a plan

Though I don’t always understand

So I’ll just smile and give a sigh

Whene’er I see a butterfly

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