Butterflies – Acrylic in Progress 8.5 x 38″
Some men, like a wet dog, sprinkle a shower of advice over you when you are least prepared for a bath. AUSTIN O’MALLEY
While perusing lots of serious quotes about advice, this one (above) made me laugh; I hope that it gave you a chuckle as well!
This painting of local butterflies evolves a little each day. There are times when I am tired and don’t have 100 percent concentration, but I try to discipline myself to pick up the pencil or brush and dabble. There are about a dozen paintings in various stages, all waiting for my attention!
This painting evolves without the aid of preliminary pencil – I study the butterfly in hand or else a photo, dip the paint brush in a watered-down color and wash in the basic areas. The fine details evolve with each new layer of washes, starting with watercolor style and then thicker and finally meticulous attention to detail. Most every evening when I push back and eye the painting from afar, I think, “There’s no way this is ready to be shown for Timeout for Art!”
Getting reference material can be challenging!
Even though this will evolve into a strong painting, I know that’s it’s hard for many people to see an unfinished painting and see it as that – a painting in progress. There are times, like when we look our worst and answer the knock at the door, we wish we’d had had a warning. Continue reading