Sunday, June 19, 2016

Zinnia and Swallowtail

Zinnia and Swallowtail/ oil on board/ 8 x 10/

Art Notes: This painting was painted over a failed painting that my husband sanded down. Sanding leaves the surface smooth. Depending on the amount of sanding, it can leave ghost images of the previous paintings, or a soft mid-tone background. This one had a soft beige background. I wanted the butterfly to be loosely painted. I mixed a transparent black (alizarin crimson and winsor (Pthalo) green) for the body and lifted out the spaces for the colors with gambol on a Q-tip.

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