An intriguing and serene butterfly painting depicting the Neope armandii is part of one of my most recent series of paintings. It is a series of artworks with delicate colours and subtle contrasts. This was a calm, sensual, quiet project. When creating it, I used multiple shades of yellow, beige, and brown. As in many of my works, the composition is central and closed. It is a harmonious painting that you can stare at for hours to gain a sense of tranquillity and balance.
The colour of dirt
I have always thought that brown is my least favourite colour. However, I was very surprised while painting Neope armadii. The wings of this butterfly are mainly in shades of brown, but their pattern is clear and interesting. Numerous brown ‘eyes’ look at us from the cream-coloured background. Around them, the surface of the wing is filled with a mosaic of brown geometric patterns. Although the earthy tones are dominant, you can also notice bright, lemon yellow, ochre, chocolate brown, and shades of orange and purple.
- Dimensions: 100 cm (width) / 100 cm (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
2022 – Olsztyn, Poland