Day #1 of 3: Gulf Fritillary

The thirty paintings in thirty days challenge is drawing to a close and I've started my sixth butterfly painting. I may continue the series in the coming months. I still have a lot of images I would like to paint.

This butterfly is the Gulf Fritillary that lives here in the Keys. I placed it on flowers that I photographed in the woods of Virginia. I thought the blooms looked a lot like the beach poppies around here, if they were climbing a sea grape or something. 

The flowers in my reference photo are the palest of pink, so I masked them completely. I am not sure what color I will end up painting them yet. Come back tomorrow (or the next day) and see what happened.

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