Painting 41 of #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna is a Scotch Argus. I’m going to hunt for these guys up in moors and grassland once July rolls in. I think they are still caterpillars munching at the moment 🐛As usual it’s painted with watercolour paint then a little finishing touch of gouache and watercolour pencil ✏️
100 day project 19
A Wall butterfly for this evenings painting session, so called because they are often found sunbathing on walls 😎☀️. I’m really enjoying painting all the different British butterflies within#100daysofbritishfloraandfauna. But reading about their reduction in numbers while researching is a real downer😞 These guys have gone from relatively common to mostly around coastal areas in the Uk and particularly uncommon in Scotland if you want to find one
Painting number 39 is a colourful Jay. These guys are one of favourite from the corvid family. This jay was a wee bit tricky to paint so im going to file this one away for further study and a repaint on some good watercolour paper. I need to work out how to capture that pink grey plumage and maybe add a wee bird mohawk that the jay sometimes sports
A quick sketch of a Nuthatch for painting 38 of my 100 day project.
Having a break from my recent earthy brown palette to paint this brilliantly blue kingfisher. I’ve never seen one although I’m always on the look out when wandering past riverbanks. It seems I’ve been looking for the wrong sized bird. They’re only the size of a sparrow and for some reason I thought they where larger🤷♀️🦅 Also they have to eat a lot! 60% of their body weight a day to survive! Imagine how much sushi you would have to eat if that ratio applied to humans!
Number 36 of 100! I’ve only got 11 butterflies left on my list to paint. That’s left me with quite a few spaces to fill but I’m not sure what group of creatures to pick next!? Moths, beetles, fish? Time to do a little researching🤓
This will be the one and only white butterfly in my #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna 🦋 It was a bit tricky but some black watercolour pencils saved the day! When it comes to painting I much prefer the butterflies that are lovely orange and brown colours
No.33 of #100daysofbritishfloraandfauna. A dark, neutral toned ringlet for todays painting. You can find these in the woods during the summer bouncing about high grass and branches when they are not brilliantly camouflaged. That’s 8 British butterflies in my little painting project so far and i’ve got many more on my list ready for painting!