It’s time to add some color to the flowers and vines…first I block in general colors.
Then I add thin glazes of lighter colors for highlights and darker colors for shadows.
I work on the vines and flowers some more…for me, patience and perseverance are needed at this stage.
Here’s a close-up of the flowers on the left…I try to work all over the piece and not focus on one part too much too soon, but sometimes I forget!
Then I tackle the Painted Lady butterfly-as my reward for dealing with all the green! I use many thin layers to build depth and a rich color in the butterfly.
Add the antennae…and it’s finished.
Now to make sure all the tendrils are going where they should…
And shadows and other details are added…and the painting part is finished! I do have another part to this piece that will be shown in the next blog post. If you’re in the Chicago area, this painting will be part of a group exhibit at the Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Exhibit at the Morton Arboretum this weekend, April 5-6, 2014. Come see what else I’ve added and enjoy a roomful of beautiful nature artwork in a variety of styles and media. Hope to see you there!