Swallowtails oil 8" x 10"
While on our last trip, we saw this group of Swallowtail butterflies on the edge of the water and across a small bridge. I was quite sure they would be gone by the time I was in picture range, but in fact, they stayed waiting. I got several shots and enjoyed the show of flickering wings. The effect created super little dashes of color in deep and pale gold. I took pictures while I painted this too and will post a slideshow of the steps soon. Below is a painting detail shot and the original photo that provided inspiration.