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Flutterby : Monarch Butterfly

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This painting is done under the direction of the watercolor artist, Jacqueline Gnott. I have signed up for her learning forum so I will be able to learn better under a master watercolor artist. My schedules clash with local class times and online forum is the next best alternative where you can learn the techniques through videos. I recommend this membership based learning forum for anyone interested in learning more about watercolor painting. In this particular video, I learned how to paint in rich, black background using black pigment and how to paint the colored bokeh in the background.

8 by 11 inches on 300 lbs watercolor paper
Reference Photo : Jacqueline Gnott



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July 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Flutterby : Great Spangled Fritillary

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Finally, I am back to watercolor painting! This blog desperately needs some colors after several drawings. Almost an year ago, I drew the outlines for this painting, applied masking fluid and kept it away. I knew it would be a bad idea to leave on the masking fluid but I lost the painting mojo so much that I couldn’t pick up a brush and finish it. I have been watching a lot of videos and browsing online on watercolor paintings but there weren’t motivating enough to pick up the painting brushes. Earlier this week, I just happened to see this unfinished painting and picked it up to finish the painting. I did the background painting first, knowing well enough that I might have to throw away the painting that removing the masking fluid could ruin the paper surface. After finishing the background, I had a hard time removing the masking but the paper was sturdy enough to withstand the abuse as I scrubbed away every last bit of the masking. I used Kilimanjaro watercolor paper to do this painting.

11by 14 inches on 300 lbs watercolor paper
Reference Photo : Rodney Campbell


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July 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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Flutterby : Spring Feast

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I did this painting for challenge No.36 of Paint and Draw Together.  I used my artistic license to make up the background – complete with bokeh. It was really interesting and I had fun making all those circles.

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March 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Flutterby : Gulf Fritillary

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Happy New Year to all the visitors to this blog. It has been a while since I last posted. I have been late with good reason. I was slaving away to complete this painting for the good part of last month and this month. I was painting so tightly, it almost drove me nuts! The painting was done on 8 by 11 inches 140 # cold pressed Kilimanjaro with  W&N, Daniel Smith and Maimeriblu watercolors.

Reference photo by Jessica Shippee from PaintMyPhoto

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February 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Flutterby : Tree Nymph

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I just finished this painting today after putting it away for almost 5 months. I am so glad I am back to painting. I hope to continue painting for the rest of this year and there is not much time left! Painting the background was the most challenging part but I think I pulled it through well. SOLD

9 by 12 inches on 140-lbs Arches 
Reference photo by Chrissy.M

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October 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm