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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Butterfly


Watercolor, 4 x 6

Finished up the butterfly today. I tried some "body color" on the flower (body color is watercolor + Chinese white - which makes the paint opaque so you can paint light over dark as you could with oil or acrylics) just as a experiment. Not sure if I like it or not. Guess I'd need to use it a little more to see if it's something I'd want to incorporate into my paintings. At the moment I'm leaning toward not using it ... makes glazing difficult since opaque paints disturb easily when painting another color over them. You also lose that beautiful transparency that is so characteristic of watercolor.

Anyway.... always good to experiment. As my mother is fond of saying, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Smart Mom!

19 comments:

Simone said...

It is beautiful Teresa. I like the vibrancy of the butterfly and the flower against the soft foreground and summer sky. x

Laure Ferlita said...

I find that I seldom create painting with techniques like this. Rather, I tend to use them in select passages to get an effect or to correct a mistake.

Lovely piece!!

Ann said...

Stunning!

Valerie Jones said...

This is beautiful, Teresa! I am going to share it with a lady who I assist at work that also likes to paint butterflies.

"JeanneG" said...

Very nice. I love the lower background and how you just hinted at it. Glad you are back painting in your house. I'm drinking tomato juice and thinking of your bloody gravy. lol

padmaja said...

So you are already back with a bang with this one,, hope you took enough rest after the mural... this is gorgeous, and yes, your mom said it!

Keith said...

Great oranges against the blues. And smashing composition. Very simple, focused and strong.

Body colour is a very slippery slope. Unless I plan ahead to use it, I avoid it at all costs, one wrong spot of body colour can pull down the vibrancy of a whole painting. Use it sparingly, and only at the very last stage. Or not at all, is my advice.

Actually... no, I lie, there is one place I do always use it, the tiny absolute pin point of light in the highlight of eyes.

The word verification requested was IRONSAC, I can't see to write a definition as my eyes are watering too much at the thought.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Lovely...I like the suggestion of more flowers in the background.

Pat said...

The butterfly is gorgeous.. pure watercolour is my preference - but its a gorgeous painting nonetheless!

Suzanne said...

Lovely, well done Teresa!
I sometimes use white on top
and always on fur, hair & leaves, sometimes mixed with a little lemon
or blue.

knittingdragonflies said...

I love this! The background is nice also. I find it difficult for me to do this. Butterfly is so vibrant and pretty!
Good to see you back at your watercolors!
Vicki

Krista Meister said...

Sometimes it's all about the experimentation, isn't it? Looks good!

MILLY said...

I like your butterfly, it so reminds me of the monarch butterflies I saw in Madeira on holiday.
Hope you found my email...you are the winner by guessing just one away from the total of 777 butterflies, well done. milly

hmuxo said...

you have a great blog with a lot of wonderful paintings here. I especially like your "petunias"...well done.!

Rishi Kapil said...

Brilliant bright work

Mermaid's Palette said...

The butterfly is beautiful and I love your tuscany mural! I also love to paint murals- you took great photos of your progress!
Sheryl

Teri C said...

A beautiful job on this!!! I love painting these butterflies also.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

A wonderful sky to back up that butterfly.

newmexicomtngirl.com said...

love this..... awesome

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