Delicate Fire, oil on canvas by Jay Trefethen

painting of Monarch Butterflies by Jay Trefethen

This is my new oil painting. A simple study of butterflies. Pretty straight forward. Except butterflies, as it turns out, are really hard to paint. One of those tricky critters that looks fairly simple, until you try it.

I had been thinking of doing a study of butterflies for awhile now. A few days ago, when I was working outside, a gorgeous Monarch Butterfly flew up to me and landed on a bush right next to me, just like she was posing for me. So I took that as a sign that I should finally do that butterfly painting I had been thinking of.

I like the way it came out, and I learned a lot from doing it. So I will definitely be doing more butterflies sometime in the future. In the meantime, this painting is up for sale on eBay, where I sell artwork as nightairstudios. If you are interested, please take a look. I’ll be doing around 10 oil paintings between now and Christmas specifically for eBay. As usual there will be a wide range of random subjects. I really just paint whatever strikes my fancy at the moment. I do imagine there will be more than a couple scantly clad ladies in the mix.

painting of Monarch Butterflies by Jay Trefethen
oil on canvas, 9″ X 12,” © 2019 Jay Trefethen

Published by sleepyrocks

I am a self taught artist living in Bradford, Vermont. I build furniture and create woodburning art for a living, and also create oil on canvas paintings. I sell my paintings on eBay as nightairstudios. And I sell my woodburning art locally. You can see my work at the Pompanoosuc Mills showroom in East Thetford.

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