We’ll start applying opaque oil color in the background with mixes in various proportions of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 Part Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Orange + more Ultramarine Blue + White. More White is used for the lighter parts of the wall, more MUD in the shadows of the flowers and butterfly. Please keep in mind as you read my blog, you may click on any of the images to seem them larger.

The entire surface of the floor is covered, establishing the light and shadow pattern on the terra cotta tile. Mixtures of MUD + Cadmium Orange + a bit of Cadmium Red Light + White are used. A few strokes of White + Ultramarine Blue are added at the back edge of the shadows to make them recede.

A fine liner brushed dipped in a thin oil mix of MUD + Liquin is used to delineate the crevices between the individual tiles.

Colors remaining from the wall and floor are mixed together to use for the basket. The paint is applied with rough texture to help give the feel of wicker. Then the ribs of the basket are drawn into the wet paint.

Highlights on the basket are added. Notice how the brush stokes extend over the ribs, giving the impression of the woven wicker.

The blossoms of the Angelonia are combinations of Magenta + White and Magenta + Dioxazine Purple + White.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting a Monarch Butterfly

Silver Pony Foot Vine drapes out of the basket and Monarch Butterflies dance lazily above the kitten and flowers. Hope you’ll come back and visit my studio. I’ll be painting the kitty and flowers in our next session, might even have a video! You just never can tell. HUGS,

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One Response to “Butterflies!”

  1. rpillai2012 Says:

    Lovely painting, thank you for sending it

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