The original reference image for this painting had a green color scheme that was too overpowering and monotonous. I felt that by adding a pink cluster of milkweed blooms near the bottom would create a more pleasing composition by providing a splash or color and interesting shapes. The bold, stripped pattern of the caterpillar now competes for attention with the elongated leaves, star-shaped blossoms, buds and even the tiny eggs!
|Monarch Caterpillar and Eggs on Common Milkweed|
(Danaus plexippus and Asclepias syriaca)
4" x 6"