This butterfly painting was based on a flower I found on one of my walks in the botanical gardens near where I live.

The flower had many different butterflies stopping for a feed, so it was a perfect candidate for my painting.

The Melbourne Botanical Gardens are in incredible source of never ending inspiration for the artist who takes the time to observe nature.
I added the Yellow Australian Admiral butterfly to make this a more interesting painting.
It's painted in the Traditional Old Masters style of Grisaille, with many thin transparent colour washes to give it added depth, and the 3D transparency in the colours that appear on the canvas.

I believe that this traditional style of painting I use, brings out the Intense colours in this blue 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 a Blue Flower Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell

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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: 30.5cm x40.5cm x4cm (12" x 16" x1.5")

Above is a close section of my finished oil painting.
Above is a close section of my finished oil painting.

This particular flower is like a magnet to butterflies and bees.

Australian Admiral Butterfly on Blue Flower Oil Painting by Garry Purcell
Australian Admiral Butterfly on Blue Flower Oil Painting by Garry Purcell


Artwork Name: Australian Admiral Butterfly on a Blue 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: 30.5cm x40.5cm x4cm (12" x 16" x1.5")


As an Australian Artist, I believe that trying to capture a small snapshot of what our natural surroundings look like is important for future generations to look back in time at. This Australian Admiral Butterfly on Blue Flower is one of my best paintings so far, I love the colour and composition of this painting.