Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo, Take this Tiger by the Toe, If he hollors let him go, Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo. Eenie, Meenie, miney, Mo. O.U.T. spells out.
(For international readers: it's a children's deciding rhyme).
This is on my table, and I'm saying this children's rhyme to myself, because I need to decide what to do for the background of the butterfly that Mingfei has given me permission for, to paint(on my blog roll).
When I saw the pic I thought the body looked stunning. The sunlight revealed all its details, so you can see with a little imagination that once it was a fuzzy caterpillar.
This seems to be a season of new things. I never painted a butterfly, and I never painted a bird, that I by now have finished for Joan from South African Photographs. The latter one you'll get to see later.
Painting is a comfort right now to distract me from returning thoughts about the tragedy that happened in the Netherlands on the celebration of Queen Beatrix's birthday. A man who lost his job and was evicted from his home, purposefully plowed into the crowd with his car, killing and wounding several people. He actually intended to reach the bus where the Queen would come in. I may not live in Holland, but a part of my heart is still there.
Back to the background. Why is that so important? A background could make the focus (butterfly) shine, or it could take away from the focus.
The "safe" way is to choose one of the colors I used for the butterfly. The eye does this automatic mixing thing (it does not need a machine like at Home Depot where you have to stand in line to get your paint mixed!). The eye see its as a unified picture, while it picks up particles of the same color throughout the scene. Our eye is a cool thing!
this possibility would choose a color in contrast to the yellow-orange of the wings. Such a color would make the butterfly really pop. But... a complimentary color like purple or blue will push the painting also in a certain interior decorating scheme.
some kind of nature scene could serve as a background. That may put the butterfly in a main stream category. The more popular the subject, the harder it is to make an unusual painting.
Take your pick (or not, LOL). I'm going to sleep on it for a while. Or maybe even wait a few days. You are welcome to give your view on it, and no harm done if you don't have an opinion about it!