11" x 14"
Acrlic paints on cotton fabric
affixed to painted 3/4" painted canvas
In her post about her photo, I seem to remember that Karen said that both she and the butterfly were surprised with such a beautiful springtime day. That seemed like a nice thought to me and prompted some thinking about being happy on a day like that. Also, it seemed like the butterflies could be put into a context that I was more familiar with. I tried to combine something that might show some simple joy (the child playing on a warm day) with an element from the photo (the butterfly). I added some extra butterflies since where there are one, there could just as easily be many more.
For techniques, I tried to make the child, the butterflies, and the tall grasses really stand out. To help this along, I added several layers of matte gel medium to the background to somewhat tone down the clouds, lake, and background trees. I then repainted the reeds and the tree. Some of that worked and some didn't. I also learned a lot more about "muddying" the acrylic paints. Overall though, I am happy with the concept and outcome.