Swarm [swawrm] – noun
1. A body of honeybees that emigrate from a hive and fly off together, accompanied by a queen, to start a new colony.
2. A body of bees settled together, as in a hive.
3. A great number of things or persons, especially in motion.
It’s not quite a swarm, but I’m sure you get the idea.
I came across the painted background which I did last year, for a painting I wanted to do of a tree silhouette against the sunset. It was a particular tree I drove past most days. I actually didn’t get round to completing it, but since I re-found the watercolour background, I thought a little ink would look nice over it.
The gleaming mirror-like layers of the orange-spotted tiger clearwing pupa in Colombia provide camouflage by reflecting the light and colours of the surrounding rainforest. After rainfall, they seem to disappear among the glistening wet leaves.
Watercolour and Acrylic Ink on Daler Rowney Rough Aquarelle 140 lb.
I was in two minds about the detail on the butterfly. I knew if I used black ink, it would make the butterfly look harder and more prominent, whereas white highlights and softens. I think the black would have been too strong in this case.
I started a new painting last night. I’m experimenting again. The next bit will be to add some ink detail.
A little experimenting with some different methods.
The Purple Shot Copper or Lycaena Alciphron in Watercolour, Pen & White Ink