This oil painting was based on a flower I found on one of my walks.

I added the Yellow Australian Admiral butterfly to make this a more interesting painting. It’s painted in the Old Masters style of grisaille with colour washes to give good depth and transparency in the colours.

I believe that this traditional style of painting I use, brings out the Intense colours in the green levves the butterfly and the white flower beautifully.

The Old Masters style of Grisaille of a toned under-painting followed by applying many layers of Transparent Colour, finally gives a glow to the finished painting, that modern techniques cannot recreate.

Australian Admiral Butterfly on White Flower Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell


Artwork Name:
Australian Admiral Butterfly on White Flower
Artist: Garry Purcell
Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
Canvas Size: 50.8x71.1cm (20x28inch)

White flower and background completed
White flower and background completed

White flowers close up
White flowers close up

Australian Admiral Butterfly with White Flowers Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell
Australian Admiral Butterfly with White Flowers Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell
Artwork Name: Australian Admiral Butterfly on White Flower
Artist: Garry Purcell
Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
Canvas Size: 50.8x71.1cm (20x28inch)

My finished painting, is one of those you can look into, and see real depth, rather that two dimensional paintings, I often see on display in some galleries.
I really don't like the chalkiness some painters get by over working areas of their paintings, they finish with a muddied painting.
The technique I use, always gives nice clean colours and offers a depth of field to my finished oil paintings, that stand out from the other artists work.