A fascinating painting showing the Riveting butterfly painting “Tamil lacewing” butterfly. Could this artwork become a part of your collection, a part of your story? Do you have anything in common with this big spot of colour, or maybe with the beautiful creature that inspired my work? Cethosia nietneri (the Tamil lacewing) features such a modern combination of colours: there’s orange, yellow, black and white on a grey concrete background. It evokes industrial associations in me, it is large and intense, and yet it is a butterfly, a part of nature. Mother Nature didn’t make this butterfly to flatter our tastes or fit in with our current trends.
I do not paint entire bodies of butterflies any more, now I paint only the wings and the emptiness between them. This one is still a complete insect. Look how it sits quietly on the paper, not even twitching, offering you a chance for similar stillness, for a moment of calm.
Perhaps, due to its subject, this picture would best fit a characterful cottage in the countryside? Maybe it would find itself in the company of dried roses and fragrant herbs? What if it hung in a bedroom? What thoughts would it provoke in the morning and before falling asleep? What character would the living room hosting it acquire? It would certainly bring a soothing, calming quality.
Often, when looking at a finished painting, I ask myself such questions. It takes me a lot of time to create a painting, I browse photos of butterflies, prepare sketches, and finally sit down to paint. Somewhere in the process, I lose my distance to the work, I look at it for too long to be able to judge it, but I’m always curious about what others think about it.
- Dimensions: 100cm (width) / 100cm (height)
- Technique: Rembrandt soft pastel + Conté à Paris fixer
- Lightfastness: no less than ** (up to 100 years according to ASTM Standard D4303)
- Paper: Fabriano Accademia 200g + custom background
Year and place of creation of a fascinating painting showing the “Tamil lacewing” butterfly:
2020 – Olsztyn, Poland