|The Swallowtail, Papilio machaon on vellum|
|A black and white view helps me to identify where work might be needed regarding the tonal values.|
|Tricky colour, layering of glazes and the addition of gum Arabic helps to maintain transparency|
Tomorrow I shall try to finish the vine but have teaching work and other jobs to finish first, whatever happens, I have to be finished by Monday when it goes to the photographer. I've enjoyed doing it but these larger paintings (this one and the previous fritillary) require a lot of concentration. I try to paint or draw everyday and think it's important to do so but when working on the same piece for extended periods it can be tiring and I can lose sight of what I'm trying to achieve. The butterfly painting is something I've had planned for a while and provided a much needed break, once the jade is finished I hope to add at least one butterfly per day and aim to have at least 15 butterflies on the sheet of vellum.... the temptation of some small works and learning about each butterfly will hopefully help to drive me towards the finish line!
|The latest version of the jade.....more over the weekend|