The Newest Addition To Our Monarch Metamorphosis Collection

We just finished putting together our long-promised prequel to the Emerging Monarch image that has long been a magnet to elementary school teachers and other nature lovers.

Pupating Monarch
A composite of ten photographs showing the transition of a Monarch butterfly from caterpillar to chrysalis

This project just took at least three days of editing. Nancy took the photographs (a six-hour process) over six years ago and continued making artistic decisions for the duration of the project. You can get more details of this image at Pupating Monarch.

We have not actually printed any of these yet but will have them available for our next art festival in October. You could the proud owner of Print #1 if you contact us soon. Our plans still include making a laminated poster, as we discussed in an earlier post (Teacher’s Special – Laminated Poster of “Emerging Monarch” Is Ready). Although that may not happen until the end of this year, we will announce when they are ready. Nancy also recently mentioned an image showing the development (mostly color changes) of the chrysalis over time and the upgrading of our image of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Stay tuned for further developments.

Our Second Award at Woodstock Arts & Crafts Festival

We won an Honorable Mention award last weekend.  I don’t know exactly what the award was for;  the judges showed some interest in a number of pieces, like God’s Artistry (http://www.beehappygraphics.com/gallery/godsartistry.html), Oak Tree Graveyard (http://www.beehappygraphics.com/gallery/oakgraveyard.html), Emerging Monarch (http://www.beehappygraphics.com/gallery/emergingmonarch.html), Painted Bunting Pair (http://www.beehappygraphics.com/gallery/buntingpair.html), and Pineland Fog (http://www.beehappygraphics.com/gallery/pinelandfog.html), but they didn’t mention a specific image when presenting the award.  In some shows, it’s the whole body of your work that is considered.

That’s the second year in a row that we’ve won that award at this festival.  Wow, that’s neat.  Soon, you should be able to see our picture on their website (I’m guessing that it should be on the same page as last year ( http://www.woodstockartsfest.com/woodstock/winners.html).   Maybe next year we’ll win the grand prize.  Maybe someday we’ll be famous.   One can only dream . . . .