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Old 03-30-2006, 04:57 PM
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

I agree with what everybody else wrote already. It is really beautifull. The texture of the butterfly is so realistic. Love the idea of the blowerbrush too. I think we have even got one in the house. Must try that out.
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Not a good idea to BLOW in any fashion.

It merely spreads pastel dust around everywhere and into the air it can be inhaled..... even if you can't see it. Some pigments could be toxic

I was once in a class where one of the particpants blew habitually... I quit.



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. One thing I do when I use a paper sheet is a blowerbrush - I'll blow of dust almost between every stroke to keep the work clean. I keep this in my hand all the time, I find it very useful. This is actually a cleaner for my camera, but I've put it in better use.... I started using this after blowing dust of a sanded surface by breath - lets just say I learned that sanded surfaces and water just don't like eachother that much...

I'll insert a pic of it to show you what I mean, hope you don't mind...

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Old 03-30-2006, 05:45 PM
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Went to bed last night and this question about “where are your sheep paintings?” pops into my head…….where on earth did that come from I thought. Ahhh….the penny dropped after awhile and I remembered I forgot to answer leirrem’s question. Back in the days where I mostly painted with oils I did paint four landscapes with sheep in them. I distinctly remember one looking like pigs were out in the paddock instead. Over a period of time they were all sold and never painted a sheep since.

Three days ago the first lamb was born for this season home here on the farm. My mind is ticking over about trying my hand at pastels with a mum with a bub. Not sure how to handle the dull light on wool, which is why I have avoided “portraiture’s” of sheep in the past. Maybe a new challenge!? As Piper has said reading about the subject helps to paint them. I have a good start with having live sheep on our property, now all I need to do is research how other artist paint wool. Late evening with the sun glowing on the sheeps backs comes to mind……….mmmmmm

Dawnm, Mariska & Maina, thank you.

José, thank you and yes they are daisies. Interesting thought with the flying butter.
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Old 03-30-2006, 05:54 PM
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

ColorOfMagic, thank you for your reminder that some colours/brands can be toxic. It is something that we all should be aware of and consider when handling any medium.
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Oh its looking gorgeous!! The butterfly is a beautiful vibrant orange, i love it.I also love that purple bud on the bottom left corner, its so delicate and pretty.
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

This is so gorgeous..can't wait to see it finished!
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Wow, lovely, lovely the background is great
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Old 03-31-2006, 01:36 AM
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Bhavana thank you. The bud was drawn from holding a sample in my hand. Makes it very easy to see what I want then.

Judy I think it is about done!

Gerry, thanks for the claps


I have now reached my “More look than put” stage. I am undecided if I should do anymore work on the foreground or leave it as it is. I really don’t want to draw anymore attention to it so I am thinking the less it is worked the better.

I did touch up the two bottom daisies where tone was bugging me between petals. I also added more blue to the shadow on the bottom daisy.

The remainder of the butterfly was completed. I concentrated on light showing through the wings to bring them to life. Without the light they tend to be flat in colour.

The body of the butterfly I scraped the merest touch of pastel to depict hair. This helped to give the body more contour as well.

Mmmmmm….. more look than put!!! Is it finished???

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Old 03-31-2006, 04:55 AM
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Hey Susan,

Just wanted to say that I followed this WIP on your blog and was every day more surprised to see the unbelievable result. Absolutely stunning!!
Thanks for showing!
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:18 AM
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Bart thank you, I am glad you like the final result. Also thank you for visiting my blog. It is great to see the traffic there
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

I think it's gorgeous! I love everything about it!!! Thanks for sharing it as a WIP!
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Susan,
Absolutely stunningly gorgeous!!!! Thanks so much for your WIP shots.
We would also love some pics of the lambs for the library here to paint from - if that is not too bold to ask!?!
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Without a doubt beautiful.

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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Absolutely lovely Susan....... its gorgeous, it makes me think it should be in a book....telling of a story..... something rather dreamy .....
its romantic .... <<<< the pic not the book lol .......

Love it
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:43 PM
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Re: Wanderer Butterfly WIP

Karen & Leirrem thank you.

Barbara, thank you as well. I remembered an image of twin lambs that I took two winters ago near Mt Remarkable in the Southern Flinders. I uploaded it to the library this morning. Once the mum’s home here have dropped their lambs and settled, I will visit them with my trusty camera and load up a good number of images to the library.

Dawn thank you, that is lovely that you think of it that way.
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