Central Texans are fortunate to live in the migration path of the Monarch butterflies, which began their epic trek north from Mexico in April. The butterflies stop in Texas long enough to lay eggs on milkweed and wildflowers before heading north and east for the summer. After years of drought, El Niño this spring has brought buckets of rain and bountiful wildflowers and milkweed; soon we will see the large green, yellow and white caterpillars, which will build chrysalises and transform into beautiful Monarch butterflies.
Last October 2014 when the Monarchs traveled through Texas heading south to their wintering grounds in the canyons of Mexico, I painted a short series inspired by Monarch patterns and colors. This week’s featured paintings are: Monarch on Blue, 18×24 acrylic; Monarch Wing, 16×20 acrylic; and [This item has SOLD] Larval Stripes, 12×16 acrylic.