Blazing Star, Swallowtail

Blazing Star, Swallowtail
Blazing Star, Swallowtail


We are blessed here in Illinois with rich diversity of plants in our natural areas, and by late summer they create a rich tapestry of leaves and flowers layered against each other.  I wanted to capture that sense of being immersed in dense, jungle-like vegetation rather than isolating the butterfly in a stark portrait.  I want the viewer to see the butterfly the way I do, going about its business where it lives.  Blues and greens offer a calming background for the more energetic passages of yellowy greens to purples.

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 Melissa Blue Fine Art • Antioch, IL
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