My daughter surprised us on Sunday with a Skype call (both parties can see each other on the web cam). She probably was trying to entertain her 2 -year old in their small apartment, because daddy was studying for a national exam for EMT (the assistants of the paramedics) next week, and it had been raining for the past few days.
So, they are almost at the end of this process (of his training), and so am I, with this painting. They say, that it is not important where you came from, but how you'll end.
So you don't have to go back and forth to the last post while you're reading, this is how the painting looked like first.
Wow, thank all of you for your helpfulness, and your suggestions. I really enjoyed all of them! Some may be disappointed that I did not choose a natural background. After two nature paintings (the Forest and the bird that will be posted later), I guess I wanted to try something new.
Maybe to see if I had something else within me.
The day an artist stops experimenting, is when he or she goes backward.
When I was done with the first stage, the butterfly seemed disconnected from the two-toned background. The focus of interest looked like a cutout clip art pasted on a dark piece of paper. That is not what a painting is!
Now it becomes important that I choose thick paper with grit on the surface, like sandpaper. They call the grit "tooth", which will allow me to paint several layers over each other.
With the next step in this process, I lightened the blue part with feathery strokes. To see this technique better, please click on the image. Now you have seen these strokes, you'll understand my comment that one marker of many my oil and pastel paintings is that I do not make the surface look "smooth."
As you can see, I changed the area on the side of the butterfly's head, to create more "space."
Remember from the last post, the automatic color mix that the eye does? The lighter blue comes close to the blue and green used for the body. This makes the latter look brighter and connects the background to the butterfly.
The colors and design of this background leaves the viewer in the dark, so to speak, about where this butterfly was found. All have to do to finish now is to sign my name.