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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Painted Lady Butterfly and my 100th blog post giveaway!

I planted a new yellow Butterfly Bush in my front garden this year and I have been patiently (or not so?) waiting for something other than those common little white butterflies to pay my garden a visit.

This week I am excited to announce that I had a Painted Lady over for tea!

The body is all brown and dusty-looking like a moth, but look at those wings!

At first I thought a Monarch was fluttering over my garden, but once she touched down, I knew it was something else entirely. No glossy black body with little white spots here - so I googled my new friend and discovered she is a Painted Lady. Here are some facts from Wikipedia:

In general, the Painted Lady is a large butterfly (wing span 5-9 cm (2 - 2 7/8 in)) identified by the black and white corners of its mainly deep orange, black-spotted wings. It has 5 white spots in the black forewing tips and while the orange areas may be pale here and there, there are no clean white dots in them. The hindwings carry 4 small submarginal eyespots on dorsal and ventral sides. Those on the dorsal side are black, but in the summer morph sometimes small blue pupils are present in some.

See the cool little "eyes" that look like Peacock Feathers on the underside of the back wings? I love this shot!
I'm so happy that my Lady stopped long enough for a photo session. Enjoy!

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WOW - I just came back to add this little sketch I did - I can do better, so this will be my inspiration to do a nice clean painting later on. But that's not what I'm excited about. In coming back, I noticed that this is my 100th blog post!

So in honor of that, the first 4 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a special gift: $5.00 off PLUS free shipping on absolutely anything in my Etsy store - that means you could pick out any ACEO print for FREE or choose $5 off something different instead. See you there!


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15 comments:

alcatmom said...

Congrats on your 100th post and your butterfly photo shoot! Can't wait to see the paintings that come from those photos.

Christy DeKoning said...

Thank you Alcatmom!
Please head over to my Etsy shop and pick out your gift. If you choose something for $5 or less, simply check out and select "money order" as payment (I'll mark it paid - you won't need to do anything else).
If you decide on something that costs more than $5, let me know what it is (send me a message on Etsy) and I will adjust the cost for you before you buy. Enjoy!

Deb said...

Congrats Christy! What a gorgeous butterfly. I'm looking forward to paintings, too!

Christy DeKoning said...

Hi Deb - isn't she a beauty? You're #2 to comment, so if you read the reply I just left for alcatmom here on the blog you can follow the same directions for claiming your prize. Congrats!

Kim said...

clappies and congratulations on your 100th post Christy!!!!...

the photos are wonderful...
your little watercolour sketch certainly captures the beauty and colour of the butterfly.. :)
I love the linework in the foreground too :)

Christy DeKoning said...

Hi Kim!
I do enjoy adding ink for a bit of fun when I'm doing little sketches. Thanks for the warm salutations :-)

You are the 3rd person to comment today so please read the directions I left for my first visitor, Alcatmom and drop by my Etsy store anytime! congrats ;-)

Karen Faulkner said...

What gorgeous photography, Christy!

Christy DeKoning said...

Thank you Karen! I'm so pleased with how well they turned out. I had to run inside to get my camera the second I saw the butterfly, and lucky for me she stuck around :-)

You're my 4th visitor today so please read the comment I left for alcatmom - I hope you find something you like Karen! thanks

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Hey Christy...CONGRATS on your 100th post...isn't it something to have done ALL this work, have it archived, watched it grow and change as organically as that beautiful butterfly ...a true accomplishment!

The photos are beautiful and I love that you just sat right down and painted it...a moment captured...painting/photography/art...

Kim said...

thanks very much Christy..
I think my son's girlfriend (who loves cats)...will be picking this one ;) :)
have a sunny day...it's freezing over here :0

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MelsDolls said...

Ooh, what a great giveaway! Only wish I would of seen it earlier! I love your artwork Christy, you are very talented!

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Mel :)

Christy DeKoning said...

Hi Amy, thanks so much! Yes it is great to have it all recorded...I was never this good at keeping a diary, so I have my readers to thank for me keeping it up!

Mel, thank you for your comments - I really like the B&W shih tzu dog ACEO in your shop. Lovely!

Loretta said...

butterfly is beautiful and congrats on 100 posts!

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