Swallowtails oil 8" x 10"
So, here is the slideshow that shows my painting progression for yesterday's post "Swallowtails". As usual, I wish I had taken more slides, but I always get caught up in the painting process! For this one I didn't start with a toned canvas because I knew there would be a lot of light values and I wanted to keep them pure, unless intentionally mixing grays. Yellows an get 'dirty' very fast! You'll see that every section starts with laying in the shadow pattern before moving on to color and then light mixes. The blue drawing that you see at the beginning is just a cheapy thin marker. It gave me a loose drawing to follow without getting too detailed. When I layed in color, I tried to think about the direction of the paint stroke and placement of subtle light and dark values. I could have gone a little crazy with more of the bright orange, but kept it in the focus area. Hope you enjoy it.