As an anniversary treat, my husband and I spent our special day at the San Diego Botanic Garden (a must-visit if you are in the area) and then stopped off at the Butterfly Farms just down the road. I took a ton of photos that day, but one that jumped out as something I HAD to paint was this Western Tiger Swallowtail on a red Pentas Flower plant.
This was a very fun piece to do. I am very fond of Swallowtail butterflies and the pentas flowers were a really fun challenge. Using a cut-out of the butterfly element really gave me a chance to try out placement to see what worked best. In the end, sticking close to the composition of the original photograph was the best option.