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Limenitis Astyanax-The Red-Spotted Purple by Pete Janes

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Original illustration pencil and watercolor on Arches 140lb cold press. Last sale August 2011!

Among drawers-full of specimens in some dusty University corridor, the vivid crimson, orange, and deep turquoise contrast of this butterfly leaped at me. Rusty wingtips and high-contrast wing edging full of busy detail made this specimen one I had to capture, especially because it was so small and complex.

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“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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  • judygal
    judygalabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your well deserved feature.

  • Woohoo! Color me thrilled and filled with gratitude, Judygal!

    – Pete Janes

  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraabout 5 years ago

    super t..lovely butterfly

  • Thank you very kindly, Sandra!

    – Pete Janes

  • fourthangel
    fourthangelalmost 5 years ago

  • Thrilled to represent! Thanks fourthangel!

    – Pete Janes

  • Jonathan  Fae
    Jonathan Faeabout 4 years ago


  • Many thanks Jonathan.

    – Pete Janes

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