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This casting shows the two early life-cycle stages of the Monarch Butterfly. The Caterpillar grows by feeding on Milkweed plants and then after 8-14 days of Pupation a n adult Monarch butterfly emerges from the Chrysalis. a truly remarkable Metamorphosis.  Wonderful to see many children and adults in Southern Ontario (Kingsville) picking Milkweed stems with Monarch eggs under the leaves to bring home and raise the morphing buttrerflies in safety from predation or human damage.  

The Frame is  7" x 7" square stained Hardwood. Round opening is 5" dia. Artwork is covered with a Clear Domed glass lens.

Giving rise to an idea for a carving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re an Author, a Painter or any other creative pursuit a project has to begin with an idea! How does an artist generate an idea for a carving subject? Almost all of my inspiration comes from the natural world and I am equally delighted by all creatures, large or small. A small Hummingbird is incredibly beautiful as is North America’s largest deer, the Moose. The fragility of a small Butterfly must convey that delicate fragility in the carving in addition to the startling beauty of its design. The power and size of the Moose must also be expressed. The final piece may take days or weeks to complete and once completed, the wood must be sealed with a durable finish and left to cure in preparation for casting a mold. The sealing and painting process must not lose or diminish any of the fine details of the hand-carved original. 

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