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Bee, Bird, Butterfly Birthday

I went through quite a process making little birthday paintings for my granddaughters whose birthdays are two years and one week apart. I think of Madeleine as a little butterfly, always happy and …

Madeleine’s Birthday Painting, ink & watercolor, 6×4”

I went through quite a process making little birthday paintings for my granddaughters whose birthdays are two years and one week apart. I think of Madeleine as a little butterfly, always happy and amused. Strong but delicate.

Sketch for painting 11×8.5”

First I looked at reference photos of the different critters and flowers, then sketched them as if I was doing scientific illustration. I transferred my sketch to watercolor paper and painted it. Then I realized it was a terrible composition.

So I started over, deciding that they didn’t need to be scientifically correct. I let my whimsical side come out, recomposed and redrew and painted it again. This time I was happy. I hope she will like it!

4 replies on “Bee, Bird, Butterfly Birthday”

These are so adorable and well thought out. I have been saying to myself the last few years, “why do I spend money on expensive cards?” Your process is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

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I go through that thought process too. But if I’m working on a painting sometimes I don’t want to start making cards. At least with watercolor I don’t get so stuck in rut with one painting like I did with oils.

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