Gouache Butterfly Studies

I really enjoyed the colour and details of birds as part of my #birdaday Instagram challenge, so butterflies seemed like a logical step as a subject to paint!  And there are sooooooooo many beautifully coloured, intricately detailed butterflies out there – Mother Nature blows my mind!! Just look at my Butterflies & Moths Pinterest board to see!

I am using gouache in these paintings, I really like the solid colour look and the ability to paint layers and it really pops on the black paper ! I am not completely sold on the matte/powedery finish, but I am sure framed it would be fine, and possibly more high end brands of paint might make a difference their too.

I went detail-crazy on these paintings, there must be hundreds (- if not a thousand!) dots between the last two paintings! Try as I might I can’t help myself 🙂

What do you enjoy painting?

Butterfly Asterope leprieuri philotima 2 july 2014

Gouache Butterfly – Asterope Leprieuri Philotima

Butterfly wing gouache study 3 July 2014

Butterfly wing gouache study

Butteryfly Mountain clouded yellow butterfly gouache 5 July 2014

Gouache Mountain Clouded Yellow Butterfly

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