I was inspired by Jodi’s post here, in which she painted a beautiful butterfly in watercolor. What I love about her painting is that she put her own spin on it, turning out a striking result in the process.
I tried something similar a couple of months back, which, for me, was to use a butterfly as a color mixing experiment. I used a Strathmore watercolor card, which is great for experiments, but might not be the best paper to use when looking for a good result. (Well, and how many green butterflies do you really see?) So I decided to try a little repeat, this time a smaller version (2″ x 3″), with Arches 140 lb. cold-press paper, blue and red (rather than yellow) and without the wax resist, instead just leaving the paper in some areas for sparkle. I’m pretty happy with the result.
The thing I notice about this painting now is this: I feel like the outer wings are grabbing more attention than the inside of the wings, where the action is. Should I add another glaze on the interior wings to punch it up? Or leave as is? I’d love to get your thoughts. Hub is going to help me organize the studio/spare room/library/sleep cave tomorrow. I stink at organizing and he is a genius at it, so I’m very much looking forward to this! Happy Saturday!