First Flight
from The Prince of Butterflies



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Transformed into a butterfly, John takes flight.  As with the meadow page, I wanted the next few pages to be seen as through a butterfly's eyes: very colorful, full of light, and vibrant.


This was the second painting completed for the book.  In the original version of it, there were fewer butterflies, and the trees on the left was lighter in value.  After seeing it, both Bruce and Michael felt that  it needed more butterflies to convey the effect we wanted.  I wasn't sure at the time, but after finishing the cover and a few other paintings where I did have more butterflies, I realized they were right and added them in.  



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