"The four steps of transformation;
symbolized by the egg (idea),
cocoon (development) and
adult butterfly (new reality)
are constantly taking
place in our lives."
First Step - Paint the eyes (and wings).
Because I wanted the butterfly darker than the
background, I started with medium to dark mid-tones.
Second Step - More dark mid-tone areas added.
Third Step - The background wash was added.
Fourth Step -
The painting was finished by
adding the calligraphy, lifting a little pigment
here and there and adding a few darks and darker mid-tones.
|Butterfly Spirit - Full frame/ Uncropped|
Tip of the day:
Here's my set-up for today. You can see I have everything at my finger tips. I've found that when working on Yupo paper, it's good to work on top of a paper towel so the pigment doesn't pool up at the edges. I'm also using several small (plastic take-out) water dishes. The shallow dishes are good for keeping the water below the top of the ferrel. By keeping the water separate for color families, it looks prettier and I can keep going longer without changing the water. It's also important to have one or two different kinds of candy handy. (Note the big bag of red hots.)