So I have decided to make a series because I was having fun painting women and butterflies. I am not yet finished with this painting. I have to finish up one butterfly and to the other two. I spent all Saturday afternoon until like 2:00 in the morning working on this after I finished the butterflies of the first portrait in the series. I really like how the scars in this one turned out, especially in comparison to the first paintings. I am thinking about doing ones that are less healed but I don't know if it am going to. So i think the series will be an evolution of recovery. Where the first paintings are more closed off with less butterflies and more recent scars, but the later ones will be more like this where they are more open position wise, but protected by clothing and with more butterflies. I don't really know though, I am just going to play around to find something that I like the best. I am really happy with how the hair, the background, and the underpainting interact in the top right edge and I want to incorporate that into my future paintings. I am really excited for this series, but I will still be working on my COVID-19 painting of my mother at the same time as these. I am kind of apprehensive about doing these butterflies, because butterflies are hard. It took me like three hours to do the other two in my first painting, so it should take me quite a while to do these.
I am finished this piece. I think. I am really proud of the butterflies, especially the bottom one, because i struggle to paint butterflies and I feel like it turned out pretty good. I am planning on making these a series, and I am excited for my future paintings.
On easter monday, I basically painted all day to produce this. It is a step way from what I have previously been doing, as it is more rendering than simply color blocking. I am really happy with how this is progressing, but I'm not really sure what to do about the background. When I was starting this, I was planning on just having it be a really loose piece, that I would eventually paint over with something different, but I really like it and now i am without a plan on doing the background.
I am a sleep deprived artist trying to make ends meet. :)