Deb Ward, GWS, OWS, PWS, WSI - WATERCOLOR/WATER MEDIA - My passion is teaching adult “beginners”. Weekly classes in my home; workshops; classes for Cincinnati Recreation Commission. My work is nationally recognized and published - see “Featured” on my sidebar. I’m a Signature Member of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana state Watercolor Societies, Cincinnati Art Club, past-President of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society. Contact info below under “Class Information”

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Yesterday I waited until mid afternoon for the sun to come out as our local forecasters had promised. As soon as I saw a light glow in the sky I got together some items for still life set ups and ran outside. I managed to get a few good shots that may be paint worthy, but I got a couple very interesting photos of butterflies.

I noticed this group sitting on a concrete footer. They were all flapping their wings and eating, I guess. What, I have no idea. I just found this interesting since I’ve never seen that many together at once. Maybe some of you know what type of butterflies these are, and what they could be doing??

Go to the NWS website and check out the front page – top left. That’s a painting by my good friend and one of the annual painting retreat ladies, Cora Mae Pipkin.
She’s probably going to be mad at me for putting up this info but I’ll chance it - I’m so happy for her and proud of her.

Way to go lady!


Carolyn A Pappas said...

They look like swallowtail butterflies but I have no idea what they are doing.

mollie jones said...

What cool photos, Deb. They look like Zebras(striped ones) and maybe black phase Spicebush's. And, I've read that they like the salt(or alkline something) in concrete. Another possibility is that they're sunning on the warm concrete, but I'll bet it's the feeding they found.

RH Carpenter said...

Maybe some of the Butterflies of Brazil from the Krohn Conservatory show got out and decided to visit? ha ha

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Wild about the butterflies! Great shot of them. I think it's great that you posted about your friends painting too!