Butterfly Watercolor Painting

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It was only a few seconds that this butterfly allowed me to take pictures; and it was only twenty minutes that I allowed myself to paint it today.
This happy butterfly lives in glass dome of Academy of Science Museum in San Francisco. I find that painting butterflies gives these beauties a second lives as we all know they don’t live long.
The challenge for me was to paint background (wet on dry) using not too much wetness in order to continue the flower and the butterfly itself with minimal bleeding. After I was done with the first washes I happily realized that there are only 10 minutes passed. So I had whole 10 more minutes to focus on the details of that little creature.
Size 8 ½ x 7 ½ “, Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Windsor & Newton Artist Watercolor

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2 thoughts on “Butterfly Watercolor Painting

  1. Dear Irina,
    Great challenging and good result! The amount of water has huge individual discrepancies = each one's uniqueness. Background is ,also, always tricky for me. Thank you for sharing the precious information…in the pains. Please take care and rest well.
    Kind regards,

  2. Hello Irina; Thank you for visiting my blog. It is nice to see your art work also. I enjoyed your 20 minute painting very much. I can't say as i have ever done one in twenty minutes so that is quite the challenge.
    A job well done. I love the colors you've chosen.

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