I just completed this one last week. It's approximately 8 x 10 on 140 lb watercolor paper prepped with about 3 coats of clear acrylic gesso. The main underpainting is completed with Erengi OPs then highlighted and enhanced with Neopastels and Holbein OPs. Tell me what you think - C & C welcome!
C & C always welcomed and encouraged.
Hey Holly Good to see you here and posting your beautiful work
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Thanks, Fred! Did you notice that the Challenge is up??
Holly, this is lovely. You have progressed wonderfully with oil pastels. The colors are glorious. Your drafting as always is spot on. My only comment is that the relationship between the flower and the butterfly is confusing to me, I think that I "read" that the flower face is toward me and that the butterfly is in between two petals or inside the anther with his head hidden? If it is the anther, its placement seems too far from the stamens and maybe too big? I don't mean to be critical, but it is such a good piece of work, that I hope to help you make it better.
Thanks, Barbara - I'll post my ref. photo - I have always said that me and my paintbrush (in this case, OP stick) do not play well together! I get so-o-o lost in the "road map" of color change nuances, shadows, folds, etc., etc. when working on flowers! Yes, the butterfly's head is between some petals or down in the flower with his head partially (mostly) hidden and, yes, I think the flower face is towards us. There are also pieces of other flower petals from other adjacent blossoms - so, anthers (stamen? - been a long time since plant study in school!!! LOL) may be from other blossoms. The original photo ref was much larger - I just cropped out this portion and rotated it. It's colors are much more intense, too - - I am just too timid with color, I think. I worked on this one so long that I have lost ALL of the tooth on the paper. Thanks for your observations.
Here's the ref. photo:
Thanks Holly, You have done a great job on the butterfly. Think I would cheat and bring his little head out front.......Artist's license. Remember never get too tied to your reference....
Ah, you "know" me too well, Barbara - I do get way too hung up in the reference photos, don't I ?!?!
Nice to see the oilies are working so well for you. Hope to see a lot more of your work.
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Thanks Tom! The Neos and the Holbeins certainly helped perk up the Erengis! I'm working on Challenge #1 up in the new All Media Photo Challenge forum now.
Lovely piece - nicely done. Oil pastels are a challenge too. Looking forward to seeing more of your work
THanks, Barbara - I've been so involved with the All Media Photo Challenge that I almost missed your comment. Oil pastels are my medium of choice right now, but I have worked in oils, acrylics, water colours, and softie pastels as well. I'm looking forward to retiring in 2 more years so I will actually have time for my art! (Hopefully! )
This is beautiful! I will never tire of seeing reference photos and comparing them to the artist's rendition. I think you've done a spectacular job! The detail on the flower is stunning! I do agree with the poster who suggested using your artistic license to bring the butterfly's head out front!
karaway - thanks so much for your comments! I have never seen a butterfly's face "up close and personal" so I'm not sure I could even begin to expose it's head. I thought I was ready to frame this one but after studying it over for several weeks, I think I need to go back in and deepen the values down in the middle of the flowers. (THe only problem is that it has so-o-o many layers of OP on it already that I've lost the tooth of the paper and I'm sort of afraid to touch it anymore !)
Well, I can't say I blame you on being a bit intimidated by the butterfly's head... I've never had the opportunity to study one up close and personal, either! :) I understand your desire to to change a few colors here and there, but I think it's stunning the way it is!
this is a beautiful peice of work. ive just started working with pastels a few weeks ago its a learning process for me on this media lol. anyways love it