Our Lady of the Butterflies


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Original one of a kind ink and watercolor painting: “Our lady of the butterflies”.

Butterflies will bloom in the branches of twilight, in the shadows of her eyes, in the depths of her heart. And dusk’s enchantments will twine themselves in her hair, offering her the last remnants of daylight.

This original painting is rendered in painstakingly detailed watercolor — each individual blossom with its deep pink heart and pale blue outlines, each dusky purple branch, each cascade of indigo hair — and the butterflies, painted in rich orange, are detailed with black ink. More ink outlines emphasize the foreground, and the painting is finished off with gold highlights of mica pigment that catch the light and shift in brightness with each change of angle.

I created this piece in response to an art challenge, where artists created work inspired by, or derived from, photos that other participants shared. The photo I based this on featured orange butterflies resting on pale yellow flowers; I took that image and ran with it in the direction of fairyland.

Medium: ink and watercolor on watercolor paper
Materials: archival waterproof ink; Daniel Smith, Schmincke, and Kuretake watercolors; Finetec mica pigment; acid-free, archival-quality Saunders Waterford watercolor paper; fixative (to seal and protect the painting)
Dimensions: 23 x 31 cm
Colors: purple, pink, indigo, orange, gold, blue, deep brown

I would be honored if my lovely butterfly- and blossom-crowned fairy speaks to you and you would like to give this artwork a place in your home. I hope that this piece gives you as much joy in loveliness as it has given me.

All artwork is carefully wrapped, enclosed in thick paper, backed with cardboard on both sides, and shipped in an envelope marked ‘do not bend’. Default shipping for domestic is regular mail; default for international shipping is registered post, to ensure the artwork arrives to you safely. I’m happy to upgrade shipping (I’ve added these options) and if you need shipping that isn’t in the options, please just let me know, I’m happy to arrange that for you!

If you have any questions about this artwork, please feel free to contact me! I think the buying and selling of art is something very special and I want to do everything I can to ensure that you are happy with your purchase.

Additional information

Weight 150 g
Dimensions 23 x 31 cm