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The large Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly is a Butterfly frequently spotted at Point pelee National Park. The Tiger ranges across Eastern North America. The adult butterfly will extract nutrients from a variety of sources, not all as elegant and poetic as flower nectar. Tiger Swallowtails consume flower nectar from dogbane, sunflower, and bean plants. They also suck on mud puddles to extract sodium ions and essential amino acids to help in the reproductive process. Intelligence or Instinct at work? 

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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