The Missing Monarch

Not that many years ago, we saw so many Monarch butterflies at this time of year that we were oblivious to their presence. This year, sadly the numbers have declined so much that I could probably count on one hand the number I’ve seen. This alarming decline is attributed to several factors, including loss of habitat and increased use of pesticides and herbicides.

The significant absence of these beautiful insects was the inspiration for the following mixed media canvas:


I applied butterfly images from Tim Hotlz’ Ideology “Botanical Layers”, a vintage botanical print of a milkweed plant and chipboard butterflies and word onto the prepared layers of a 30 X30 cm canvas. The milkweed image had been printed on my laser printer and transferred onto the canvas using matte gel. I then used Derwent watercolour bars to give it some colour.


12 thoughts on “The Missing Monarch

  1. Pam

    Love your butterfly art, it’s beautiful and thought provoking. I have seen only 2 monarchs this year, though I’ve heard from others living near the water and farther out of town that they’ve seen several. It’s sad to think many people will never see a live monarch, unless we change our ways and start caring for the environment, instead of abusing it. Not holding my breath for that.

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