Butterflies

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by Karen Phillips Curran

Butterflies are beautiful. Their life cycle is amazing and not as yet completely understood…

I painted the walls recently for the new butterfly exhibit at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa (Canada). It is a joyful design done by Jennifer Kwong . It was a pleasure to re-create onto the walls of the museum. In addition to her design, I was asked to add bugs and small creatures near ground level to entertain young ones as they waited their turn to go into the solarium where all the butterflies live. Its a magical place in there, lush growth, humid air, sunlit, and lots and lots of butterflies flitting about. If you wear colourful clothes they will land on you! The last time I was in, I dressed in brown, but a huge brown butterfly with wings resembling an owl eye landed on me. I watched with wonder as its probiscious searched for something yummy to eat. I had plenty of time to look at the wonderful pattern on its wing back…

It is well worth the visit folks, closes April 2, so make a date and bring your childlike sense of wonder along with you….its worth the trip!

here I am working on the orange flower section of the butterfly exhibit

the orange flower section

Pink flowers for the Museum of Nature entranceway of the new Butterfly exhibition

Pink flowers for the Museum of Nature entranceway of the new Butterfly exhibition

work in progress thistle design at Museum of Nature Ottawa

work in progress “thistle” or the green section at Museum of Nature Ottawa