This is the gradual transformation that takes place during the painting process. I don’t have a name for this painting yet, but shown below is the set up of my work area and the stages the painting goes through.
I have my desk set up with sketches and photographs I have taken of the tiger swallowtail that was feeding from the nectar of my lilacs this spring.
As you can see, I use butterfly studies as well. All my research has been collected from my many walks. These have been collected from my butterfly box.
This is the work so far. As you can see the painting gradually takes on a life of its own. I have started a page displaying a body of my work. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/EleanorThorel