Monday, November 10, 2014

What looks "simplistic", isn't.

At first glance it may look like a coat of paint, cut and paste, and there you are.
For starters, that doesn't take in the idea, choosing the elements/images, composition (where to position everything), colour choices, and pulling it all together.
This 12 x 12-inch painting started out with a lot of colour. Smooshing bright colours over a canvas is lovely, but I wanted to use a photograph, and it didn't work, so I  added pieces of paper here and there and painted many layers over it, in white, light taupe, cream, a little grey.

 The colour would come from the butterflies.

 I began with two, and played around with a few more until I was satisfied with the composition. I chose the Monarch butterfly, with blue ones to make it pop.



Simplicity is the removal of the useless and the unnecessary--source unknown


  1. All looking lovely!
    Look out for a little package .. I got my act together .. eventually!

    Vicky x

  2. This is so lovely. Thank you for being so generous in sharing your process on your blog. I love reading your posts!

  3. Love it! Such a great photo! x


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