It’s a few days late (everyday life getting in the way again), but here is June! June’s birthstone is the pearl (which I find slightly incongruent, because pearls are not exactly stones), so I’ve chosen to do a little play-on-words and use them as the skull’s “pearly whites.” I’ve never been a huge fan of the typical white, perfectly spherical pearl, so I’ve chosen to give him the look of an avid tea drinker, with mottled pearls ranging from beige to iridescent to black. This month’s birth flower is the rose, a flower whose meaning varies with its color. I painted a white rose, which symbolizes several different sentiments, depending on interpretation, including virginity, chastity, new beginnings, and, as noted in The Language of Flowers by Kate Greenaway, “I am worth of you,” which I rather like. Enjoy!