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NEW VIDEO Specimen 11

"Specimen 11," 6" x 6", acrylics and graphite on panel, not currently for sale. Inquiries may always come to me
I want to paint a giant Daydream piece based on butterflies. In flight.

I know very little about butterflies or how they move when flying.

The best way to learn, I figured, was to start painting little studies. Start with the butterfly frozen, like a specimen, and work my way from there, using photographs, videos and my imagination.

The last two days I've been painting these studies madly, and learning quite a bit about these lovely little fragile things that totally reinvent themselves during their lifetime, which is incredulous enough. And then you factor in the whole migration bit and my mind is blown.

Meanwhile, if you are curious about seeing how this particular painting was created, here's a couple links to my process.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

If you find the above intriguing or wish to follow more closely along with this particular larger painting(s)' evolution, you are invited to join my Patreon. Take a peek here - there's far more content like this, along with other snippets related to my process, color management, idea generation, inspirational sources, and journaling lessons. And an in depth introduction to my mapped course of action for the big butterfly piece (or pieces). And let me know if you have any questions at all.

Thanks for following along with my art and musings,
Warmly, Kim

PS  These studies will become available at some point down the road, when I have learned what I need to from them. If you are interested in one in particular, please reach out and I'll keep you in the loop. Thank you!!


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