How fun it would be to visit a butterfly pavilion and discover that there is a butterfly there with your same name. And so my portrait title comes from the two lovely Julia's in this painting.
|Julia and Julia|
12 x 9", Oil on canvas
Rita Salazar Dickerson (c) 2014
Stage 1: The drawing. With a mixture of ultramarine blue and transparent earth red thinned with mineral spirits, I used a number 2 filbert brush to draw Julia and the butterfly freehand.
Stage 3: Painting the dress, arm and hands. When painting wet paint-on-wet paint, I look forward to seeing how the top layer of paint will work into the blocked in color of the first layer.
Stage 4: Painting the second layer of the dress, arm and hands. I mixed a pale pink to give the impression of the white design on her dress fabric. I like what the fabric pattern does to the painting -- adding interest, detail and color.