Butterflies - student project

I chose a Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly since they are frequent visitors to my garden. The patterns in my reference photo were not symmetrical (must be a misfit butterfly) so that made it interesting.

I really liked the idea of adding a touch of a complementary color to the watercolor wash.

Butterflies - image 1 - student project

For the stylized butterflies I chose a different shape and used my metallic paints to get really bright colors. 

Butterflies - image 2 - student project

This was such a fun class, thank you Irina!

Kelli McNichols

artist / art instructor