What miserable weather! Though I suspect that it's not as bad here as other places - so far the snow has kept to the ranges, though it's creeping closer. Everyone I meet is so over winter and just longing for some sunny dry weather.
As a painter, I sometimes find it difficult to stay inspired when it's gloomy outside , so today I lit the studio fire , put on some favourite music and sat down to think about summer in the garden.
Monarch butterflies are something that most kiwi kids grew up with - remember watching the swan plants to check for each chrysalis appearing? Then keeping an eye on them to see that miracle - a butterfly emerging from where a caterpillar had been. Those glowing red and orange wings drying out in the sun and they're off!
I hope this little watercolour reminds you of that wonder. I think this one might be going on my 2018 "Taste of NZ " calendar , which will be going to the printers shortly.
Keep warm and happy , Jan