Butterflies in the Studio

Bark Basking Butterfly

Bark Basking Butterfly


It will be a few weeks before the earliest of our butterflies here will be flying, so here is a little preview of summer. This is a second version of the red-spotted purple I painted last summer. I hope this summer I can capture an image of this beauty’s underwing, with its red spots.

16 thoughts on “Butterflies in the Studio”

  1. Looking forward to seeing the butterflies again. Last week we were in Florida near Orlando, Epcot, and the Space Center for a launch. At Epcot there was a butterfly tent. We went in and saw many fluttering around us. There were also many ready to hatch.

    1. Thank you so much, Robyn. I’m so pleased, because I wrestled with that bark. I kept wanting to make it realistic but that killed the energy of the painting. A frustrated slash of color put me on the right track 🙂

      1. This is a challenge I wrestle with Melissa. Allowing a looseness in my work so that the creative process can have free rein. Well, I thought you achieved it.

  2. I have a vague memory of a red-spotted purple, and it must be from your blog, because I’m sure I’ve never come across one here. The red-and-purple combination reminds me of the Red Hat ladies, who are perfectly nice, but (ahem) not as elegant as your butterfly.

    I’ve started seeing butterflies now. Last week I saw a giant swallowtail, and yesterday I saw some sort of skipper. I’ve seen two damselflies, too, so the season is beginning to move beyond just flowers. You’ll soon have live models to work with.

  3. Yes, you’re right, I did paint another version of this same butterfly a year ago. I wasn’t as happy with the first one, hence this second one which I like better. It is indeed an elegant butterfly but you’ve gotta love the red-hat ladies!

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