Many years ago while living in New Hampshire, I would see these beautiful plants on the side of the road. I discovered that these plants were milkweed. It wasn’t the milkweed that I recognized though. That is because the milkweed was towards the end of its life cycle where the pods send their seeds off into the world. The colors of autumn were apparent in this unusual plant and I wanted to capture these colors and the fluffiness of the plant. I also discovered that the milkweed is where monarch butterflies lay their eggs. I painted a few images of this plant, which sold immediately. Apparently, other people like the beauty of the milkweed.
These past few weeks I decided to teach a Funky Florals in watercolor course and return to painting the milkweed. Butteryfly’s Nest is one of the unusual and funky florals that I painted. It was also painted on Indigo ArtPapers. The creaminess and texture of the handmade paper was perfect for this image.