The Butterfly Woman

I finally got the new cord to my tablet!  Yay!  I got to finish the painting I’ve been thinking about FOREVER since my cord broke.  Here it is.

Butterfly Woman (c)
16×20 digital painting

Tada!  I really enjoyed making all the butterflies, especially playing with the different effects of the layers.  I even figured out how to do a screen capture.  So now you have a speed video.  You’re welcome!  If you want the full length version, you got to become a patron, but you can enjoy the speed video for free.

I also just got the postcards for my patrons.  If you want it, you got to go sign up.  And yes, I am trying to bribe you with postcards of my artwork, but hey, you get a new one each month.  Consider it a trade.

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Talk to you later!

Hidden Reflection

Hidden Self
16×20 digital painting

Sorry it’s been a little while, I’ve dealing with a sick household, but look!  There’s a new one.  I think my favorite layer is the glow layer.  I can create interesting effects with that ability.  This was definitely a very involved piece, but I have GLOWING BUTTERFLIES!  Hahaha!  Hopefully you enjoy it.

You can look for the PDF of all my layers and the reference photos on my Patreon page, and this is painting is available at my store.  Leave any thoughts and comments below.  I love hearing what other people see in art!

Butterfly Coffee

Sorry I’ve been gone for a while.  Rather than get into a long explanation, I’ll just leave it at medical stuff and BABIES!  They’re super adorable and consume much of my time so we’ll see how much painting I get done.  I recently got some money for my birthday from my grandmother-in-law.  Happy birthday to me!  So of course I had to go on dickblick.com and find something.  I ended up with some Chinese watercolors that I’d been looking at for a while, some Ampersand Claybord, and scratchboard tools.  The first thing I did was make this color mixing chart.  Everyone should do this.  I know it’s time consuming, and you don’t want to, but do it.  This lets you know what your paint is capable of and how it mixes.  You may think you don’t have a color when you actually do.

Many people are sometimes surprised by how few colors I have in my palette when I enjoy such a wide range of colors.  The reason is because I prefer to mix my own.  I have more control this way.  This small set gives me a wide range of vivid intense colors to softer more muted ones.  I prefer chromatic blacks and greys to pre-made ones.  With this set I did notice that it didn’t disperse into the water as well as most traditional Western watercolors.  I had to work harder to achieve that effect.  Wet-in-wet and lifting still worked well.  This paper is cold press and not what I’m going to actually paint on, but I just wanted to get an idea of the paint.  I always do swatches of the color on separate pieces of paper before hitting my actually project anyway.

I also recently did a color chart for my inktense.  That allowed me to redo this painting and take it from this…

Piano Rose (c)

To this…

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Obviously I improved in other areas as well, but you can see the difference in the depth of color.  I was more easily able to mix and layer color without being frustrated.  This one was a birthday present for my father.  Happy birthday daddy!

On to testing the Claybord.  My first attempt didn’t go so well.  I couldn’t layer colors like I’m normally able to, and it ended up blending together and creating mud instead of getting the detail I wanted.  Scratching out highlights was working so well either.  However, I did like the translucent effect on the shadows under the bowl and the drips and spray.  I did like the blending in the shadows under the bowl though.  As long as I didn’t over do it, I could move color to where ever I wanted.

I tried again with a different board.  This one went much better.  I knew I wanted a coffee cup and some sort of steam thing, and butterflies happened.  If you except that colors will blend together on this board, then things go much better.  You can put down color and have it not blend, but it is difficult to do.  The problem for me is that I like to glaze colors on top of each other.  I haven’t found that to be possible with this board.  I also had to scratch significantly into this board to get the highlights.  However, that may be due to the unique binder in my paints.  When I scratched into the ink, that came off much easier.

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5×7 watercolor on Apmersand Claybord

So for this board, I’ve decided that I’m going to put it up for auction here.  Whoever offers the most gets it.  Payment can be done through a check or PayPal, whichever you prefer.  Since this ended up being a more whimsical painting we’ll do it as anything I get from this painting will go straight to anything I need for my children; bottles, diapers, a new stroller, etc.  Feel free to share this post with your friends.

The auction will go until Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 12:00 noon PST.  If you win it, we’ll go over the details of shipping later privately, but it will have a tracking number, and I am only able to ship within the USA right now.

The Tree Nymph

Stage 1

Tree Nymph 1

I decided to take in progress photos of my work.  It was interesting experience.  This was just the first few layers.  There’s not much detail yet.  I was just blocking in the basic shapes and colors.  Everything still looks pretty flat in the beginning.

Stage 2

Tree Nymph 2

There’s now more layers and more details.  Remember things are never just one color!  There’s layers of multiple colors.  I wanted the back leaf to stay out of focus, so I didn’t put a lot of detail into that one.  I also saved the most detail for the central leaf and flower, but I still gave some detail to the other two leaves.

Stage 3

Tree Nymph 3

I added even more detail, darkened up some areas, and started the head of the butterfly.  I wanted to do more, but ended up with a headache.  So I had to quit for the day.  At one point I really wanted to burn this piece  I just wasn’t happy with how it was turning out.

Finished Piece

The Tree Nymph (c)

Even though the butterfly is black and white, it still has shadowed parts to it.  Once I had the background color in, it was easier to tell which areas needed more attention.  The colors I used in this piece were orange, red orange, two different reds, sap green, green brown, green black, black, gray, cream, and dark blue.  I am hoping to get a better camera soon, so I can take higher quality photos.  The photo reference is from Rodney Campbell at paintmyphoto.com.  This piece is now for sale on my storenvy page.  shalevbasy.storenvy.com