Friday, 27 July 2012

A Christmas Butterfly from Cathy to Desiree

Cathy sent me a double delicious postcard, I do love when both sides are eye candy! The painting side, is of a Boy and Fish Fountain in the beautiful Shepstone Gardens that Cathy visited the other day. She says it has stone houses, walls, temples and paths and was built after the Anglo Boer War from 1,000 tons of rock! Wow, what an amazing place to be able to visit and sketch! But wait, there is more! When you turn over the card it reveals yet another beautiful piece of art, a wonderful butterfly that is safely delivering my postcard! I love your whimsical spirit and with my current obsession with butterflies it is an instant favorite over here! Thank you so much for a wonderful surprise in my mailbox! Oh, and all the stamps are amazing!


This is where the postcard was written, I have erased most all of the written letter but you can picture the text surrounding this wonderful butterfly.

7 comments:

Bridget Hunter said...

I don't know which side is more attractive - both are beautifully done in Cathy's great watercolour handling

Alison Staite said...

I totally agree with Bridget - both sides beautifully done. I especially like the butterfly though as his colours remind me of the European Swallowtail. Stunning but sadly quite rare.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks Bridget and Alison! I'm told the butterfly is a citrus swallowtail, also called a Christmas butterfly - see them quite often in summer but they don't usually stay still long enough to be photographed as this one was in my garden.

Robyn Sinclair said...

Simply beautiful on both sides. I love the swallowtail butterfly. They are not at all rare here in Tuscany, where they swarm all over the lavender at this time of year- but I've never painted one as well as Cathy has here.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Beautiful sketch of the statue in the garden

I've yet to become good at drawing on both sides so am always in aware of those who do. I remember your love of butterflies!

Africantapestry said...

What a lovely colorful card and I see those butterflies in my garden too..
ronelle

Pat said...

Beautiful fountain and I love the butterfly Cathy.

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