Swallowtail Butterfly Watercolor

Swallowtail butterfly watercolor painting by Michele Clamp

I still haven’t moved over to the new palette as I’m trying to use up all the paint in the old one (amazing how long it lasts).    I’m left with a lot of orange, red and pthalo blue so colorful butterflies came to mind.

 It was good fun to use some bright colors for a change and he came out fairly loose.  Pretty happy I think.

I did a quick sketch in the small 5×7 sketchbook :

swallowtail butterfly watercolor sketch
swallowtail butterfly watercolor sketchswallowtail butterfly watercolor in progress

This actually came out cleaner which is often the way.   Easier on a smaller scale though.

For completeness here is it part way through when the initial orange washes went on :

swallowtail butterfly watercolor first washes
swallowtail butterfly watercolor first washes

2 thoughts on “Swallowtail Butterfly Watercolor

    1. Hi Fran,

      It’s 11"x14" unmatted and 16"x20" with a mat. I’ve always liked the looseness of this one.

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