|No 2 the Purple Emperor, Apatura iris (male). Painted on Kelmscott vellum. A rare and beautiful butterfly. A bit more work needed but it'll do for now|
I tried the Daniel Smiths and the M Graham, but I don't find them so good on vellum, there's too much Gum Arabic and mixers for the really dry vellum work.... however I decided to persevere and it was OK in the end with a few reservations, so think it just needs a slightly different approach to the pans. The DS ultramarine violet and MG ultramarine blue gave a pretty punchy purple though, which was better than the W & N option, hence the perseverance. For the brown I reverted to W&N Van Dyke Brown with a touch of the purple mix added to it. Plus a spot of neutral tint for the darker markings. There's a touch of orange in the markings too, so some pyroll orange and trans yellow was used for this. I think it needs to go a bit darker all over but I'll l come back to it later.
|Not sure about these for vellum work.|
So here's the sheet with the first two butterflies now complete. I'm going to keep this painting to hang in my flat. Something that I don't often do is keep work.
|The planned sheet of butterflies, I'm hoping to have about 20 species in total on this sheet.|
I've no idea what tomorrow's challenge will be but it will have to be quick because it's back to work after the easter Bank hols!