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 ... 


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful piece. I'm glad you posted it, as I had wondered if you were still painting... it's good to see you still are (in some capacity, at least). Ironically, I just cleaned my own watercolour palette a week ago (after nearly four years), and have been devouring handprint.com again. Life does indeed have it's way with us all.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful piece. I'm glad you posted it, as I had wondered if you were still painting... it's good to see you still are (in some capacity, at least). Ironically, I just cleaned my own watercolour palette a week ago (after nearly four years), and have been devouring handprint.com again. Life does indeed have it's way with us all.

synapticon said...

A lovely little study. Very curious to learn how the "emperor waves" project came out.

Jan said...

Bruce, I have spent countless hours reading through your amazing site. I don't think a day goes by that you aren't referenced in Wet Canvas forums and we all appreciate the incredible amount of time and effort that went into providing such valuable information.

This is the first time I have looked at your blog, and I'm so glad to see you're painting again after your sabbatical :-) The butterfly is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, and I'll be sure to check back!

Audrie Mallory said...

Ditto everything above. Your site is the mother lode. My entire palette is designed around your work. Thank you so very very very much.

Audrie Mallory said...

Beautiful butterfly. Thank you for the technical info.

Anonymous said...

Your monarch butterfly painting is wonderful.

Only discovered your website yesterday, and even from just a quick scan of the 'intro' and the books 'buyer beware' pages, I can see it's going to vastly increase my understanding, open my eyes and change my thinking. Many thanks, Jono.

Anna Mazzuchelli said...

Beautiful butterfly. Thanks for posting it. I spend a lot of time on handprint. While a tutor is skeptical of the technicalities of watercolors, they are helpful for one pursuing the art without benefit of a fine arts degree. Thanks, again.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you update the info on handprint? It is so out of date and there is so much misinformation on it now. Paints have changed, new companies have come about, companies have changed, etc etc etc. And yet you just sit back on your laurels and let all this information just hang around there while people wonder why you can't get with it and come into the modern world of paints and pigments. You maligned some paint companies terribly and they are good paints!! For example, Lukas watercolors. That was a real shame!!! Quit being so lazy and trying to act like such a know it all and superior to other people!~

Bruce said...

ha ha, i love it when i get a good spanking from "anonymous", larded with weird claims ("laurels"? what "laurels"? lukas paints ... good? are you nuts?) and mommy scolds about laziness and such.

it restores my faith in my seasoned judgment of human nature.

Bruce said...

thanks to the rest for the complimentary comments.

as for painting ... i took a detour into astronomy, and published "the cambridge double star atlas" last year, available on amazon.

i'm currently boiling down much of the web site into a book on color and painting, which might be finished by the end of this year (2017).

i'm also writing a novel, a black comedy about the absorption of the human race into the digital infrastructure of profit. the recycling of human feces into tasty biscuits to feed the poor is an important episode.

i am painting again, a little, but a hand tremor that comes and goes means i don't always get to choose the opportunities.

in many ways i am wrapping up loose ends, and if i am reclining on a pile of leaves, it's because it is restful after a long journey.