Thursday, March 17, 2011

Butterfly number 2 purple! :0)

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a good week so far, I thought I'd share with you my second butterfly in oils in the series of 3 that I am working on for a customer :0).

I'm really loving the vibrant colours of the oils and with each piece I'm feeling more and more confident with using them. I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

The next butterfly I've been requested to do is green, I've been thinking about this one alot as green wouldn't have been my pick. I think on a blue background green will have trouble standing out like the rest but I do have a few ideas bouncing round my head about perhaps using a sunset and having the green one in the middle and just changing the background colour slightly in the other two (thanks to hubby for that cool suggestion). The other idea I have is to sit the butterfly on flowers showing no sky background so watch this space as I have no idea how it's going to turn out yet.

Any way here are some progress shots of the purple one :0)

 I started by painting the background in arylic paint and letting it dry. I love the texture that this creates.

 Then it was just a matter of layering the paint, letting things dry in between  etc.

 I'm really happy with the end result and can't wait to see all 3 together :0)


This last painting is just something fun that I was working on in between drying times. I'm going to have another go at this one before starting the final butterfly, I find it helps to take a break when you are doing a bigger project just to keep things interesting :0)

7 comments:

Sophia said...

Nicola,
Your second butterfly is amazing!! I really love it alot. Woot! :)

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Blue butterflies are my favorites and this one is gorgeous! Will you be taking a picture of all thre together so we can get the final effect? I'd love to see that!

Magic Love Crow said...

The butterfly paintings are beautiful! Great job on the one you just did! I can't wait to see all three together ;o) And, the painting you just started for fun is soooooooooo cute!!!!

EVA said...

Beautiful Nicola! I'm looking forward to seeing them all together!

Those background ideas sound intriguing!

Kristin said...

Hey there!
I love seeing these step-by-step! So cool to see the evolution of it - your butterflies are beautiful and I can't wait to see how the little girl turns out - her expression is so sweet ;) xoox

Leah said...

So beautiful. Purple is my favourite colour. I love the just for fun pic also. So lovely.

Misty Boston said...

oh your oils are just gorgeous! :)

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