Amazing Pastel Painting: Finn’s Garden

Finn’s Garden

It has been an amazing experience to create this beautiful pastel painting called Finn’s Garden. The new owners of Finn’s Garden sent me some pictures of the new home of Finn’s Garden.

Butterflies

On the painting you can see five Blue Morpho butterflies. One beautiful butterfly is projected in a beam of light as he looks over the other four from heaven.

Some fun facts about the Blue Morpho:

  • Blue morphos live in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia.
  • The Blue Morpho is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning from five to eight inches.
  • When the Blue Morpho flies, the contrasting bright blue and dull brown colors flash, making it look like the morpho is appearing and disappearing.
  • The underside of the morpho’s wings is a dull brown color with many eyespots, providing camouflage against predators such as birds and insects when its wings are closed.

Plants

The plants and leaves are inspired on the Monstera. These evergreen vines can grow up to 20 meters!

Creative Process

First I’ve made an digital picture of the painting in Adobe Photoshop. Then it was time to cut out the butterflies in masking film and stuck these like stickers on the paper. This allowed me to start with the background of the pastel painting. First the light beam and then the leaves. I think I’ve seen all Monstera leaf pictures on the internet, to get the most beautiful habitat for the butterflies.

When most of the Monstera leaves were roughly painted on the paper, I could not stop myself to start drawing the first butterfly. The first butterfly was the one on top in the light beam. Then the second butterfly at the lower left side and I worked out the details of the leaves as well. And so I worked my way to the right of the pastel painting.

Last but not least, the little details!

Materials Used

Finn’s Garden is a pastel painting created with PanPastels, pastel pencils and soft pastels on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper.
The Pastelmat paper has a coarser surface than velour but a softer surface than sand paper. It is really ideal for creating pastel paintings.

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