Monday, June 28, 2010

"Monarchy" - Acrylic Butterfly Painting

I just finished my latest painting the other day....."Monarchy" dedicated to my favorite and certainly the royalty of the butterfly family............the monarch.
First I started with an idea and a sketch. Rather then draw directly onto the canvas, I prefer taping together several sheets of tracing paper and drawing my design on that, then transferring it to the canvas.

The background is a bright and vivid sky with whimsical circles to finish it out nicely. All three of my butterflies are perched on Apple Blossom branches and each one is painted with lots of attention to detail .

I tried to give each butterfly its own look and pose with the uppermost monarch being the center of attention on this painting. This piece measures a very large 36" h x 24" w and is painted on 1 1/2" deep gallery canvas with the sides painted black so it needs no frame.

I have to admit I've been enjoying some poetry lately and I found this pretty one about the butterfly:


Flutter by,


Floating flower in the sky.

Kiss me with your petal wings--

Whisper secrets, tell of spring.

Author Unknown

Hope you enjoy this new painting and get to see some butterflies in your own garden today. Available at .


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi ruth!
oh my gosh!
i love your new painting!
it is beautiful.

Donna said...

Ruth, this is gorgeous! I like how you painted each butterfly differently, fluttering around so beautifully.

Love it!


Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Ruth,
Love your new painting of the gorgeous Monarch.
I also, on very detailed pieces sketch first and then transfer to the canvas. I have always done it this way.

Looks like you are having lots of fun in the studio. As always, only the best comes from your vision my friend.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind words.

Back to work for me now, busy studio this week.
Happy Creating.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

How pretty Ruth! I am sure that will sell quickly...beautiful colors.

Lynda said...

loving these pretty butterflies ruth! xo

KarenHarveyCox said...

Such a lovely painting. Butterflies are difficult to paint and you captured them perfectly. I love the colors you used in the painting too.

NeereAnDear said...

OH Ruth!!! Gorgeous!!! You have outdone yourself with this one... what an amazing painting... and I must say it feels as if you are right there watching them take flight in your garden


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Delightful! The colors are beautiful! I've enjoyed looking at the jewelry on your website! WOW! I love it all! ♥

Roses and Lilacs said...

What a lovely blog. Beautiful artwork scattered among photos from your garden. I especially like your pendants and your poppies:)

Mosaic Queen said...

OMG!!! We are definitely on the same wave length!! I cannot believe I put a Monarch on your violin while you were putting them in your painting!!!!
Meant to be :-)
Happy 4th!!!


Suzanne said...

Hi Ruth, I love this new painting! Your monarchs are beautifully detailed...and the background is pretty too!
I prefer to trace my drawing onto the canvas too....I seem to erase a lot before I'm happy with a drawing! :)

Catherine Holman said...

What a beautiful painting Ruth! Have a great time on your vacation!

Karen June Miller said...

I like poetry all the time (even write it) and that is really a sweet piece! It matches divinely with your paintings!


Mary said...

Love this too!!!!