Monday, February 7, 2011

Butterfly Stardom

Butterfly Stardom, Oil on 12x12 Gallery Canvas, Deep Edge, Edges Painted

I named my new painting Butterfly Stardom for the sake of combining the subjects of the painting.  I googled for more information on the flower and there appears to be several names for which the flower is recognized:  Texas Red Star, Scarlet Rose Hibiscus, Swamp Hibiscus, and Scarlet Rose Mallow.  There are probably more names.  I think the butterfly may be a swallowtail butterfly.  Maybe someone out there can help me with the ID.  This scene has some beautiful shadows to support the wonderful light effects.  I painted the star and butterfly somewhat realistically and the rest of the foliage more impressionistic to prevent the background from becoming too busy.  Also, many thanks to my friend Ron Mayfield for allowing me to use his photo as a reference for this painting.  Hope you like the painting and the story.

Let Us Pray Before We Paint,


Anonymous said...

That's beautiful! I love the bright colors.

Jimmie Bartlett said...

Thanks Nanny.