10 September 2014

monarch butterfly

this painting was done to illustrate the invitation to a fundraiser for the Endangered Species Coalition. the monarch butterfly is one of the species they are advocating for protection.

arches watercolor block; background two very dilute washes of a green cerulean blue; the darks were painted with india ink, then coated with sepia; the minor wings are gold ochre, the major wings gold ochre with cadmium scarlet.

this was my fourth attempt, and my first painting in over four years. how life does take its twists and turns ...