--- Here is an unaltered snippet of a photo of it in sunlight. [link]
-It just shows how much the color brightens with the lighting. Just like an oil. I think that's one of the reasons it's such a wonderful medium to try to work with. ---
I referenced a classical landscape for the background trees. I also had to look at the coloration for the butterflies, because my first one was a flop. I also took pictures of my flowers and my own dog to help me in those areas.
Peeps~ A three-legged Papillion mix who's story compelled me to take the commission! which was to be a gift from some friends to his owner~ Something for her memory. I wish I had done this special little creature more justice. I wanted her to seem happy and waiting- or how ever that would make better sense.
My first attempt with oil in many years. I was glad to use it again but ...There was a bit of a struggle in just getting the feel of the medium again... and I had some issues- like, the black I mixed from brown and blue (which is what I usually do for black) turned gray for unknown reasons- so I had to start almost completely over- which messed up my original proportions, and the linseed oil would often ball-up instead of blend. But, don't get me wrong, I'm not really griping, I just don't know what I was doing that made those things happen. I am generally happy with it. I also started it before I knew I was going to have to move (and renovate) so it took me far longer than I would have liked to finish. I started in May- and it's been done for a while but- I wanted to wait to post it in the odd chance that it would be seen before the gift was given.
This submission was made from a scan, which dulls the color of the oils a bit. It's also pieced together from several different scans- so forgive my poor photoshop sewing job. I think the size was 12x16 inches (?) it was done on stretched canvas.slightly larger image with download