|Autumn Quince with Comma Butterfly|
© Tracy Hall 2013
3.5" x 2.75" Watercolour on Arches HP
I came across this Quince tree in the Kipling Gardens in Rottingdean, and loved the shapes and colours of the fading leaves. Shortly afterwards we spotted a Comma butterfly sunning itself nearby and I thought they would work well together in this painting. I'm also trying out a different kind of frame for a change, a brass oval, these are very popular at the miniature exhibitions but I haven't used one before.
As I have been doing a bit of 'step by step' work recently I thought I would record the stages of this painting to share here on my blog. (I couldn't get the blogger video thingy to work so I uploaded it to youtube instead). I hope you enjoy it.
The technical stuff if it's of interest - I used Arches HP paper (my usual watercolour board doesn't fit in these frames!), drew it out with a sharp pencil and painted it using a 10/0 brush throughout. I used Winsor and Newton artist watercolours : Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, French Ultramarine, Transparent Yellow, Prussian Blue, Alizarin Crimson and a tiny touch of titanium white. Here it is:
Comma's aren't a butterfly we get to see in Orkney and I love their scalloped wings. I had to look up why they have that name - apparently it's because of the tiny white marking on the brown underside. This is the only photo I got of the underside, but you can just about make out the tiny 'comma' on the lower wing!