May 2005 - Two Australians moved to Tuscany where they planned to live for two years. Two weeks later their dogs, Snowy and Dermott, arrived. Seven years and a property purchase later, they're still here.
Looks like a sun tan, Dermott!Those butterflies are beautiful! I don't remember ever seeing them.Hope their host plant is not tomato!
Dermott's sketch is great - such an adorable pose.
Dinah - the thought of a tomato host did flutter through my mind when The Gardener said 'Yes they are pretty, but they better not have caterpillars!' Shirley - Thank you :) I've just begun to realise I don't draw the dogs nearly enough. Of course there aren't a lot of Dermott poses to choose from just two - 1) sitting on the cisterna, hoping to be fed and 2) flat out, sleeping.
Hi Robyn,You can tell the gardener he can rest because the host plant (larval food) for your Zebra Swallowtail is Pawpaw.Beautiful butterfly and love the Dermott :) He is a cuttie!Here is a tip if you see hummingbird moths or sphinx moths some of them come from the tomato horn worm
Beautiful butterfly - swallowtail? Lovely colors and delicate lines. And classic Dermott - I want to give him a big bear hug and a kiss.
Toni - I've never seen pawpaw growing here - I think they must be hosted elsewhere in Tuscany. As for the hummingbird moth - we do have to odd one of those. Oh Dear, if He reads this they will have to fear for their lives. I think they are amazing. I'd never seen them before.Judi - Thank you. I thought it was a scarce swallowtail, but Toni's saying Zebra. Makes sense with those stripes. As for Dermott - he's rolled over on to his back and is waiting for you to arrive!
Oh no! Not pawpaw!My one female tree keeled over after The Flood and new seedlings are just coming up.(There are lovely pictures and links about hummingbird moths at http://secretnotebookswildpages.blogspot.com)
This is the second or third gorgeous butterfly you've painted this summer. I think it's time for you to fly to Oregon for a visit to the butterfly pavilion!
Great pair of sketches, dear Robyn---one so delicate and controlled, the other so loose and doggy ;D.
What a wonderful contrast these two pieces are, Robyn... both beautiful, though! Interesting info about the hummingbird moth, which I always take time to follow around my garden and gaze in wonder at. I suppose I do gaze in wonder at tomato hornworms too... and then I dispose of them mercilessly. It's so unfair.
Why on earth am I brown?
Lovely - another beautiful butterfly! And Dermott looks wnderful.
lol, Dermott, you've been working on your tan:)Another beautiful swallowtail.Joshua was my old English sheep dog, long gone but never forgotten, I used to clip him in the summer and he'd tear around rolling in the grass for a while and then all of a sudden he'd start sulking as he suddenly realised how ridiculous he looked with his buzzcut:)
Love the butterfly, and Dermott in an active state! lol I've been off on vacation in Maine and have missed seeing all my favorite blogs!
What great art! It's something I've always wanted to take enough time to get good at, but never found that time!Loved Italy too and hope to visit again. How do you get along with the language?=)
Dinah - Thank you for the link and my best wishes for your baby paw paws. We sometimes see the pink ones here but I think they come from far, far away.Sharon - I can't think of anything more lovely than a butterfly pavilion.Laura - thank you :)Liz - Any tomato hornworms we might have, had better keep their heads down.;)Dermott - It's art!Janie - I think OESs suffer some of the worst haircuts in the doggy world. We loved hearing about your Joshua.Casey - Thank you :)Joan - Many thanks - I'll be over shortly to see your sketches from Maine.Elizabeth - Thank you. I see you have a great interest in languages - you would be shocked to know just how little ability I have with Italian. But I study on .... and on....
Lovely butterfly!! And great dog sketch, too! Nice blog and wonderful artwork! :)
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