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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Painting in pastel

I woke up early this morning to work on the little bit that needed to be done to call this miniature painting finished! This butterfly painting is the second in a series of four.

The most challenging aspect of  this painting was reproducing the profusion of tiny white flowers but I enjoyed it immensely!  Of course, adding the details of the beautiful tiger swallowtail was also fun.

The photo reference I used for this painting was taken in my own garden when my Bridal Wreath Spirea was in full bloom. 

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Painting in pastel by Canadian wildlife artist Colette Theriault
"Swallowtail and Spirea"
(Papilio canadensis) and (Spiraea prunifolia)
6" x 4"


  1. Your butterfly paintings are so delicate, Colette. The flowers could stand as a painting all by themselves.

  2. The detail is amazing Colette. Love it and can understand why it is sold already.

  3. Awww, thank you ladies for your kind words! I truly appreciate you taking the time to look and comment!!

  4. OMGosh, Colette ! outstanding!! I love how the flowers bring out the butterfly...a gorgeous piece!!

  5. In Europe, there live the soutern swallowtail butterfly,it share a similar features!.I fill curious yur stile of paint insects.

  6. Hilda and Marc, many thanks for your comments!!

  7. Hi Colette, this is a really beautiful painting! Hello from Montreal, Quebec.