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:
Floating flower in the sky.
Kiss me with your petal wings--
Whisper secrets, tell of spring.
Hope you enjoy this new painting and get to see some butterflies in your own garden today. Available at . www.artfulcreations.etsy.com