Butterfly Wreath on Black
The delicate beauty of butterflies and flowers has been combined with a circular wreath motif, symbolising rebirth, regeneration, new beginnings, and an unbroken chain. The butterflies are set to a background of black, which shows off their colours beautifully, a lightness and hope against the darkness. Washes of burnt sienna inks give warmth, with details from gold pen.
Lily aims for her colour palettes to be vibrant without being garish. Lily has developed a unique way of working, using reproductions of her own paintings as collage material on a canvas. The butterflies are meticulously painted, reproduced, and cut, ready to use on the canvas. The background is painted with acrylics. The use of collage allows the freedom to play with the composition in a way which would otherwise be impossible, allowing quick changes until a design is settled upon. When the butterfly collage is fixed in place, washes of ink have been applied. Finally, a glossy varnish enhances colour, adds protection, and offers an opulent shine.
Nature is common to all of Lily's work, however she would never claim to offer gritty realism. Lily describes it more like focusing on an aspect of its beauty and running with it, seeing where it can be taken. Simplicity is key, which to Lily means creating something which people can hopefully take some pleasure and enjoyment from.
The canvas is stretched on a deep edge wooden frame with painted sides. Included is a made to measure floating frame, which is easy to remove if preferred. The frame is finished with Littlefair's water based non-toxic water stain in 'Light Oak'. Ready to hang.
Please be aware that this canvas has a gloss finish, and some surface texture/relief as a result of the layered collage material and varnish.
Framed dimensions: 32" x 32" x 2"
Unframed dimensions: 30" x 30" x 1.5"