I managed to finish the Great Mormon yesterday. It was my third butterfly in watercolor. And I have to say there is something special in a painting if an animal is in it. The painting somehow comes to life. Ive been always focused on painting plants but I had a great fun with painting butterflies or the latest cardinal bird. I think I'll add more animals in my paintings.
I was asked to record even a few minutes of how I'm painting this commision soo I took my camera and decided to record how I was painting this butterfly. Here it is. Take your time and relax while watching...
I had a break from painting, but because of very tight deadlines I just had to make time for it. This part is very challenging for me because I don't have much experience in painting leaves (and I consider them very difficult to paint). And the leaves of Orchid Tree are quite complex. After finishing the first one I decided that I should practice with the leaves much more.
There will be one more leaf here, a little bit bigger, but I'm going to leave it for later. My next step will be to paint the big butterfly sitting on one of the flowers.