Jo, to jsem znala taky, u nás na chatě jich bývaly vždycky mraky (teď už tam nejezdíme, tak nevím, jak je to tam teď). Ale ve středních Čechách jsou to dycky dva do roka Jinak jezdím do Jeseníků a tam je motýlků vždycky hafo, otakárci ne, na ty je tam asi zima, ale zato jsou tam batolci duhoví, to jsou taky nádherní motýli, a babočky osikové a tak podobně A pavích oček asi milion - no tam si to prostě užívám
Thank you I like them a lot too (though my favourite are peacocks butterflies). I remember that when I was a child there was a lot them here too, but nowadays I rarely see them These are bad times for butterflies
I saw a butterfly in the summer But I can see the change - there is a lot of fields where I live, and as far as I know, that's a horrible thing for butterflies - they don't fly long distances, so such a field is an impassable obstacle for them and they can't find enough food or a suitable mate... so they slowly die out Especially the small cute ones My husband's parents have a summer house in mountains, where the nature is more pristine, and I'm always surprised how much butterflies I see there. Of course swallowtails like warmer weather, so they aren't seen there, but for example this gorgeous fellow lives there: [link] Sorry for such a long reply. I like butterflies
Great work again!!! I have (another) technical question.....The black in the wings, did you make that with a dryish brush? I hope I don't bother you too much with my questions, but I really want to learn to watercolor better. I 'used' one of your roses as areference for a Christmas card. I will not put in here on DA (although both paintings don't resemble a lot hahaha...) Anyway thanks for letting me enjoy your great works!
I don't mind questions at all. It's a long time since I painted this, but if I recall correctly, I made the background with dry-brush. I tend to do butterfly wings with lots of little dots, at least the last layers (the underlying ones may be "whole"), because butterflies actually have some kind of "dust flakes" on their wings. When I paint them with the dots, the painting resembles the butterfly wings effect. I hope I explained myself clearly...
Very late, but thanks for your answer! I appreciate it you take the time to explain. I have borrowed a book from the library of a Dutch floral watercolorpainter. She also does butterflies. In there are also very useful hints how to paint better. I have made 6 roses already on postcard size and slowly I´m beginning to understand watercolor a bit more. For how long do you paint with watercolor?
You're welcome! I'm always glad to help. Yes, books are often very helpful, but for me always worked best to try things on my own. Different artists have very different aproach to painting anyway Although the basics stay the same, of course. I like very much the book Paint watercolors that dance with light from Elizabeth Kincaid. She has amazing works plus her painting process is to some extent similar to mine (hers being way more elaborate and sophisticated), so I was able to learn some great things from her. But it is very good for every artist working with layers of colour, because she offers insight to how colours work together. I think watercolor is quite tricky to learn, because you have to get to know how the flow of water behaves and control it (at least a bit), you have to know what will your brush do if it's very wet, less wet, has more pigment, less pigment, and so on and so on I do like the random nature of watercolors, though, because I tend to control my paintings way to much (to that extent that it kills any liveness the painting could have) and watercolor counteract this tendency of mine For your question (finally ) I think I've been painting with watercolor for three and a half year now. There is still so much I have to (and want to learn)...
I have looked up Elizabeth Kincaid on google and had a look at her paintings. Great works she got there. I like using references and make my own thing out of it during the process. It feels a bit like cheating sometimes, but I enjoy and relax completely doing it and I think the practice will make me better on the way. Once I hope to be able to paint the things that are in my head. If you like flowers in watercolor you should Google Janneke Brinkman (or Janneke Brinkman-Salentijn, same person). I am so sure you will enjoy what she made! About the tricky part of watercolor; the flow.....I enjoy the (un)predictable things it does. Sometimes your drawing gets so much better with an unexpected flow and sometimes it's ruined by it. I know what you mean by wanting to control your painting (too) much. I do the same. Control freak I am.
I like both using references and painting from my head. References give me more details to work with, plus it's safer - but everyone can compare the reference to your art and see how you succeeded Plus it doesn't feel entirely original. Painting from head gives so much more freedom and fun, and if I fail in capturing the idea, the only who knows is me. But it's also more difficult. The thing is, when you get to know watercolor better, you will learn how to avoid ruining a picture and you will only enjoy the random effects It helped a lot to me to learn more about paints and pigments, now I know why certain colours behave differently from others, and I can avoid them This is a very useful website about watercolor: [link] (I posted this link here once already, so perhaps you saw it). And Winsor&Newton [link] have on their website useful info about pigments (focused of course on their paints).