Repeating a Lesson …

One of the key points that I’ve already picked up from my new abstract book (see previous post) is that it’s more than ok to repeat a lesson, in fact it’s almost always worthwhile repeating it so that ‘good practice’ becomes a habit.

I therefore decided to experiment with some other colours but create something in the same kind of style as I did in my previous post. This time, I kept it all abstract – just vertical lines in different red-purples with a dash of green and a dash of yellow-orange. Instead of using paint to create the single horizontal line, I used water and I’m really pleased with the effect:

I’m really looking forward to my next lesson in abstract art!


A Bounty of Butterflies, part 2 …

I’ve been painting purple butterflies all afternoon today and it’s been lovely! There are for a possible commission and may be sent all the way over to the USA. If it turns out they are not what was required, I may well end up framing them myself as I think the colours are gorgeous!!

I’ve been using a larger size of watercolour paper today which means that I haven’t got any suitably sized backing paper. Instead, I bought an A1 piece of purple card and have decorated it myself using a flower stamp and some silver ink. I then used a small amount of the card to create the non-painted butterflies.

The painting can now be backed by the purple card, ready for framing:


here’s a close up :


Butterflies …

I’ve been painting more butterflies today, this time I wanted to try some different styles and colour combinations. I have a possible commission for some purple themed butterflies and I wanted to see which style worked best :


I think that the original style that I used which is on the left, works best but I also like the middle butterfly. I don’t think the butterfly on the right works very well but it was good to try it out.

So far as the colours are concerned, the purple was made by mixing ‘rose madder genuine’ with ‘french ultramarine’, I think they mix to create a beautiful shade of purple.

I’ve asked all the boys in the house and all agree that the butterfly on the left looks best, especially as it will be repeated in the final painting and purple patterned paper will also be used in this shape.

What do you think? Do you think that 1 set of wings, 1 set of antennae or 1 butterfly body looks better than the others? Any feedback will be very gratefully received.  🌷