View Full Version : Specifically butterflies...june 15

05-31-2015, 06:22 AM
I thought we might like to do a project on butterfly species since summer is coming.

It would be interesting to see what species are found in your part of the world. Or maybe you'd like to draw or paint an exotic species from tropical parts?

Please post you butterfly art here for us to admire.

Drawings, paintings, photos, collages, etc. No restriction as to media or style of treatment.

Looking forward to your art.

I will post a few from the reference library to get us started.


05-31-2015, 06:24 AM
Some from the reference library.

06-06-2015, 01:58 PM
june, terrific idea ! i think i will try a butterfly on a minature..im really in to doing minis, they are alot of fun ! tyree:wave:

06-09-2015, 09:25 AM
June, love the butterflies you posted! :clap:
I've been looking around here for live butterflies but have not seen any yet.

Several years ago, I tried to build a butterfly puddle, a birdbath converted into a wet bath for butterflies to rest and get a drink. You add sand, water, not too much water, a few rocks for butterflies to rest, and to entice them, a few slices of well ripened fruit like bananas. I placed this butterfly puddle next to a butterfly bush. I really only attracted wasp? no butterflies. I still have the butterfly bush, it does a good job of attracting butterflies by itself.

Here I see Monarch butterflies. According to our garden co-operative, we have 147 species of butterflies in this area. I hate to say, I don't really pay them a lot of attention, I love them, but only see them when they are pretty much right in front of me. Might have something to do with my old eyes?

Thought you might like to see some of my butterfly collection. We all as artist have collections of something right?

cut out from magazine


metal hair combs from a girlfriend


greeting card


dish found at thrift store


milk weed in the garden


decorative butterfly for the coleus


butterfly bush before flowers


metal butterfly box that keeps our marbles


Another cut out from a magazine, much like one of your photos from above.


Hope you enjoyed my tiny collection. Will be back soon with some new art for this thread. :wave:

06-09-2015, 10:14 AM
nickel !!:clap: a butterfly bath,,,thats really cool, its too bad it only attracted wasps! I love your collection of butterfly objects, I think the only thing I collect around my house is dust:lol: ...ive picked out a butterfly to do on a mini, will start on it tonight ! tyree:wave:

06-24-2015, 09:19 AM
Love those additional butterflies, Nickel!

I have a butterfly comb. I had 2 but only 1 has survived.

I hope to do some paintings with butterflies soon.

06-24-2015, 09:23 AM
Here's Frida Kahlo with butterflies.


Those butterflies in her hair look like butterfly combs!!:D ;)

06-25-2015, 09:56 AM
I love this painting June...she was quite an exciting artist..! Ive started my butterfly, but not quite ready to post...looking forward to seeing yours ! tyree:wave:

06-26-2015, 03:50 PM
Hey, June, Susan, Everyone else reading along!

I am loving the Frieda with butterfly combs. She did awesome work. I hope somehow in the scheme of things she knows people still appreciates her art.

This morning I had my phone and caught this image of a butterfly landing in our weeping cherry.


And this is from the photo June posted for the thread.
From my sketchbook, 3.25" x 6".
Wax Crayon,
Colored, Graphite, & Charcoal Pencil.


And butterflies I made up in the spirit of

In Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, when a butterfly with two distinctly different wing patterns lands on Lizzy’s finger, her father is baffled.
But Lizzy simply states that the fairies must have painted it that way.

Also from my sketchbook, 3.25" x 6."
Graphite & Colored Pencil,
Wax Crayon,
Staedtler Black Ink Pen


06-27-2015, 11:38 AM
What a wonderful photo of the swallowtail Nickel. Its a lovely butterfly.

I like your sketches, especially the one using butterflies in an imaginative way.

06-27-2015, 11:42 AM
I tried a watercolour of the black and red butterfly photo. I haven't used watercolour in months and its rather difficult to get back into after using acrylics.


Its 6 ins square.

I'd like to include butterflies in a portrait, along the lines of the Frida kahlo. Maybe I'll try that next.


06-27-2015, 02:55 PM
June, you haven't lost your watercolor magic.
Your watercolor painting is beautiful, magical.
The butterfly opaqueness along side those beautiful greens is
lovely! The pink flower is the perfect accent!
I'd love to see your next painting along the line of
Frida Kahlo with butterflies.
The painting of hers you posted certainly inspired me
to want to paint one. Don't know if I will get to paint
one however.

06-28-2015, 08:28 AM
Hi Nickel...i love these..especially the one in graphite and colour from your imagination...that is beautiful...i only seem to be able to draw from copies or photos:o ...

June...your watercolour is gorgeous..wow..you havent lost your touch at all,,,ive always enjoyed your w/c's!

Ive got my butterfly in pencil,,now to determine what media to use to colourize it:wink2: im making a copy of that photo June posted of Kahlo to draw also...its such a beauty !

great job art buddies..!! tyree:wave:

06-28-2015, 10:53 AM
Looking forward to seeing your butterfly Susan! :wave:

06-29-2015, 11:28 AM
I am looking forward to your butterfly too, Tyree. I made a start on a portrait with butterflies in the hair a la Frida Kahlo.

I was enjoying it but then the pale lilac crayon I was using decided to do a runner. It jumped off my table and disappeared!! Luckily I had a smidgeon of a piece left,a morsel, and could finish the girl's face.

I'll do the animals- cat and monkey- tomorrow and hopefully finish it soon after.

06-30-2015, 06:09 AM
june...a runaway chalk..thats funny!....well I ruined my butterfly last nite with some fixative...I don't know whether to start all over with another one, or try a drawing of Kahlo with her butterflies...:( ...tyree:wave: .

06-30-2015, 11:24 AM
well I ruined my butterfly last nite with some fixative..

:crying: so sorry. will wait to see what you decide to do. :heart: :wave:

06-30-2015, 11:56 AM
Tyree, sorry for the mishap with the fixative. Its awful when that happens. Actually it happens to me a lot and I'm forever tearing things up and throwing them in the bin when disaster strikes.

I found my crayon this morning, hiding in a box of folders. Not sure if it ran away to stop being used in my current work!

06-30-2015, 08:05 PM
Thanks you all for the support..i think im going to go for the drawing of Kahlo with a butterfly b/g instead of the animals..hopefully i can stay away from fixatives:lol: ..
June...what little stinkers your crayons are:D ...if i drop art supplies on the floor and forget to pick them up...Henry (my boston terrier) likes to surprize me with them in the morning...all nice and chewed up:eek: ....
taking a break tonight ...start back tomorrow with it...okay if we go into July with this ? tyree:wave:

07-01-2015, 03:04 PM
you guys are so inspiring and serendipitous - I just picked these up at the cloth store for the grandchildren........I hope to draw then soon.

07-01-2015, 03:11 PM

07-01-2015, 03:12 PM
I hope we continue this thread for July

07-02-2015, 04:23 PM
well my little art buddies...ive come to the conclussion...i just cant draw, paint, doodle ...butterflies...here is Kahlo with some floating purple and pink bugs around her:lol: i was having a heck of a time with the scanner, the toned paper, and the pastels coming anywhere near what the drawing looks like...this is a little dark..and it DO need some touchin' up,,,but here it tis so far..'the softer side of Kahlo'...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jul-2015/65063-zzzxxxclassical_kahlo.jpg tyree:wave:

07-02-2015, 04:42 PM
:heart: robin...thats a neat photo of you with your little butterflies...! you have a great smile ! tyree:wave:

07-03-2015, 06:15 AM
Tyree, a lovely portrait of Frida. Even captured her trademark eyebrows and upper lip hair.

I started this thread because I just could not seem to be able to draw butterflies. They look so simple but they're not in practise!!

07-03-2015, 10:09 AM
june...this is outstanding !! all that brilliant colour and design ! this had to take alot of creative thinking time to plot it all out...very impressive girlie...love it !!! :clap: :clap: :clap: tyree

07-03-2015, 11:40 AM
Tyree - that is the BESTEST portrait of Freida I've ever seen.....really , usually she looks so low, and somber, And here she looks so young and fresh......I adore the upper lip hair and the almost-mono-brow!!! Thankyou for this sweet interpretation of a recently muchly hailed woman

07-03-2015, 03:07 PM
june...this is outstanding !! all that brilliant colour and design ! this had to take alot of creative thinking time to plot it all out...very impressive girlie...love it !!! :clap: :clap: :clap: tyree....

thank you so much Robin ...she does always look so somber in her self portraits...i just did a self portrait with a french beret...i look like Patty Hearst from the 70's...:lol: ..and just as somber as Kahlo.....so i didnt post it in the hat thread:eek: ...

june...i was commenting here on your work...and now...i think...its gone...hope it comes back ! tyree :wave:

07-03-2015, 09:44 PM
Hi Robin, lovely butterflies and you too! :wave: Great photograph!

Susan, lovely painting, so beautiful with the butterflies loving to be close to her. Love all the color and softness. She has a great look!

June, I agree, butterflies look so easy but are so not easy.

07-04-2015, 06:06 AM
Frida kahlos birthday is July 6 !!

07-08-2015, 01:25 PM
June, so very beautiful!
Love the cat in the bushes!
Love how you added the butterflies.

07-15-2015, 12:18 PM
I am having an on again off again relationship with my painting of the woman with butterflies in her hair.