Monday, 10 December 2012

December News

I found this beautiful butterfly in a flower bed in the Brisbane City centre. Dead. It is a Lime or Chequered Swallowtail, Papilio demoleus. I decided to pick it up and as gently as possible I placed it in my bag. Unfortunately it lost both antennas, but still retained its beauty. I find it surprising how butterflies maintain their beauty for so long after dying.

The November/December issue of the Australian Wildlife Secrets Magazine , a beautiful magazine full of great photography and useful informations on Australian wildlife, just featured an illustration of mine of Common Ringtail possums, one of the cutest night creatures of the suburbs. Australian Wildlife Secrets is published bi-monthly and is available through newsagencies or by subscription and delivered to your door (Australia wide and overseas). Here are two images of the latest issue:

Another awesome wildlife magazine that recently featured my work is WILDLIFE Australia Magazine , published quarterly since 1963 by the community conservation group Wildlife Queensland as a major environmental awareness and educational initiative. The magazine is only available for subscribers both in Australia and overseas. Here are two images of the latest issue:

 To the Chief Editor of Australian Wildlife Secrets, Simon Watharow and to the Editor of WILDLIFE Australia Magazine, Saren Starbridge, goes my most sincere thank you for taking interest in my work.

For those interested into buying my original artworks , I would like to tell you that you are still in time to get them before Christmas if you are in Australia, at no shipping cost. No cost worldwide shipping will be available for all original artworks only until January 1st 2013.
Since this will be my last post for 2012, I would like to thank everybody who have been following and supporting my artistic endeavours, this last year has been really special in so many ways. 
Regardless of your religion or cultural background, I would like to wish you the best time spent with loved ones and a New Year full of inspiration, gratitude, beauty, good humour, good luck and wildlife!



  1. Congratulations Matteo - I am sure there will be many more published works ahead ... love that butterfly, your artwork is wonderful.
    I wish you also an uplifting and comforting festive season and all good things ahead.

  2. Lovely work Matteo. Very inspiring. Now I need to get my blog to look as nice as yours! Have a nice time over the holidays and for the rest of 2012.

  3. Congratulations Matteo. Fantastic your published work. And I love this buterfy, marvelous.
    lovely greet

  4. Congratulations on your lovely, meticulous work being published. I love butterflies. I don't think this is a swallowtail. Don't those have long extensions on their wings? I really don't know, just guessing. Your painting, however, is superb.

    1. I didn't think it was a swallowtail either, but it seems it is according to this Australian Butterflies Website:

  5. Thank you Vicki, Laura, Marja and L.W. for your comments!

  6. Hiya Matteo, love your exquisite artwork, and your blog ios most interesting. Hope 2013 is a great year for you, I'll try to keep up with your posts.

    All the best

    Robert Ashdown
    (I am also in the WA mag, photos of the rainforest dragons in NatureWatch).


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