In every mandala I paint an animal.
The butterfly is a symbol of transformation, because of its impressive process of metamorphosis.
Besides the beautiful symbolism of the butterfly (read more here) this Monarch is special in many other ways.
The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and nothward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.
While painting this butterfly it seems this creature crossed my path a few times.
At the same moment Lo (from studio Lolo) was created her Raven Maven art tag nr 1 and showed it on her blog and Etsy. I showed her the butterflies I was making at the same time.
In the waiting room of the doctor I found a National Geographic with on the cover............the migrating Monarchs! I read the article.
Every time I make a mandala I do a lot of research on the animal I am painting and I am always in awe of that animal and of the fact that all creatures big or small have their purpose and meaning here on this earth.
♥Happy Animal Wednesday♥