I hope everyone has had a peaceful and joyful Christmas shared with family and friends !
I'm back to my butterfly/borboleta paintings, with many thanks to my good friend and amazing photographer Hudson Garcia http://www.hudsongarcia.com . Hudson has graciously shared some of his photographs of butterflies with me to use as reference. The next in the series is commonly known as "88" because this number seems to appear as part of the wing pattern. I began by doing a detailed drawing on my watercolor paper. Next, I began wet-in-wet background washes, introducing red in the background to suggest flowers. This borboleta has a beautiful bright red stripe on his wing and I wanted to tie the background to the wing pattern. I also want to bring a nice contrast of color to this mostly black and white butterfly, which you'll see as the painting develops.