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Swallowtail butterfly by LucieOn Swallowtail butterfly by LucieOn
These guys have such a pretty name in English.
And they are also pretty rare here in Czech republic. I think I see like one or two a year.

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Watercolor, 21 x 29 cm
Reference from ebokat-stock.deviantart.com - who deactivated their account, sadl :(
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:iconrebeccatripp:
RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You just... really amaze me!
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, that's really kind of you!
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GilPires Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
THUMBS UP!
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GoodGirl-BadGirl Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
This looks great, you did an awesome job. :)
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:iconketis:
ketis Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You've been featured. Thanks for inspiration! [link]
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greenstables Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I caught one once. Auctually I caught four. They were all flying close together. Looked like they were dancing! (not going to mention what they were really doing...)

This looks like a photo! Once again, your are is SO realistic! I mean, wow, you are amazing!
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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:iconbrokenviolet:
BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
it looks so real! :wow:
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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davepuls Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:star: Featured :star: in this month's news article for the :iconwelovetraditionalart: group: [link]
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:iconmelimaiel:
Melimaiel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi dear, your work has been featured here [link] :heart:
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: I appreciate it!
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Jajka24 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Pěkné, pěkné. Líbí se mi ta zelená pod ním.

Já znám jedno místo, kde jich je každé léto spousty, tak se na ně chodím dívat, ale potvory se moc nenechaj vyfotit.. :D Ale jsou krásný, jen co je pravda.
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jo, to jsem znala taky, u nás na chatě jich bývaly vždycky mraky (teď už tam nejezdíme, tak nevím, jak je to tam teď). Ale ve středních Čechách jsou to dycky dva do roka :( Jinak jezdím do Jeseníků a tam je motýlků vždycky hafo, otakárci ne, na ty je tam asi zima, ale zato jsou tam batolci duhoví, to jsou taky nádherní motýli, a babočky osikové a tak podobně :) A pavích oček asi milion - no tam si to prostě užívám :D
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:iconanamia:
Anamia Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Great work!
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconjaimegervais:
JaimeGervais Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! Thought this was a photo when I first saw it. Girl, you are too good! :D
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, it's nice to hear from a great artist such as yourself :)
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:iconjaimegervais:
JaimeGervais Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awww...thanks. Still a student but i'm workin on it! :D :heart:
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:icontitol87:
titol87 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful :)
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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lil-fluffy-bunny Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
I love butterflies and moths, and swallowtails are just beautiful :3 I've yet to see one in real life though, maybe one day... Gorgeous painting <3 x
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words. :hug:
They don't live in the UK?
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lil-fluffy-bunny Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
You're most welcome :3

They are very rare, and only in certain parts of the country, which I have never been to ;3 I believe most of the ones seen in the UK have been blown across the channel from Europe anyways :C
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SuperSal001 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You'e amazing, great work, Just stunning!
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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SuperSal001 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are most welcome :D
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:iconaguley:
aguley Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Hey, I love those animal drawings! You can draw my animals or flowers, too! :aww:
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I actually saved some of your photos for references, you have really beautiful pictures!
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
he is amazing! gorgeous work!:love:
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
They are in fact my favourite butterfly! :heart: I love how you got the powdery texture of their wings.
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: I like them a lot too (though my favourite are peacocks butterflies). I remember that when I was a child there was a lot them here too, but nowadays I rarely see them :( These are bad times for butterflies :(
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snowmask Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I've not seen a butterfly in ages...
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw a butterfly in the summer :) But I can see the change - there is a lot of fields where I live, and as far as I know, that's a horrible thing for butterflies - they don't fly long distances, so such a field is an impassable obstacle for them and they can't find enough food or a suitable mate... so they slowly die out :( Especially the small cute ones :(
My husband's parents have a summer house in mountains, where the nature is more pristine, and I'm always surprised how much butterflies I see there. Of course swallowtails like warmer weather, so they aren't seen there, but for example this gorgeous fellow lives there: [link]
Sorry for such a long reply. I like butterflies :D
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Dragarta Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
Na prvni pohled bych se vsadila, ze je to suchym pastelem :) Hezke!
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Děkuju :) On dry-brush má takový efekt :) Ale vypadá to málo "akvarelově", souhlasím...
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ArtSoul777 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Beautiful - great detail and complementary background! :D
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug:
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:iconelizelda:
Elizelda Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Wonderful! It looks so real; I love the way you paint the black 'dotty' parts.
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you do!
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JettieHier Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work again!!! I have (another) technical question.....The black in the wings, did you make that with a dryish brush? I hope I don't bother you too much with my questions, but I really want to learn to watercolor better. I 'used' one of your roses as areference for a Christmas card. I will not put in here on DA (although both paintings don't resemble a lot hahaha...) Anyway thanks for letting me enjoy your great works!
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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't mind questions at all.
It's a long time since I painted this, but if I recall correctly, I made the background with dry-brush.
I tend to do butterfly wings with lots of little dots, at least the last layers (the underlying ones may be "whole"), because butterflies actually have some kind of "dust flakes" on their wings. When I paint them with the dots, the painting resembles the butterfly wings effect. I hope I explained myself clearly...
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JettieHier Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very late, but thanks for your answer! I appreciate it you take the time to explain. I have borrowed a book from the library of a Dutch floral watercolorpainter. She also does butterflies. In there are also very useful hints how to paint better. I have made 6 roses already on postcard size and slowly I´m beginning to understand watercolor a bit more. For how long do you paint with watercolor?
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm always glad to help.
Yes, books are often very helpful, but for me always worked best to try things on my own. Different artists have very different aproach to painting anyway :) Although the basics stay the same, of course.
I like very much the book Paint watercolors that dance with light from Elizabeth Kincaid. She has amazing works plus her painting process is to some extent similar to mine (hers being way more elaborate and sophisticated), so I was able to learn some great things from her. But it is very good for every artist working with layers of colour, because she offers insight to how colours work together.
I think watercolor is quite tricky to learn, because you have to get to know how the flow of water behaves and control it (at least a bit), you have to know what will your brush do if it's very wet, less wet, has more pigment, less pigment, and so on and so on :D I do like the random nature of watercolors, though, because I tend to control my paintings way to much (to that extent that it kills any liveness the painting could have) and watercolor counteract this tendency of mine :)
For your question (finally :D) I think I've been painting with watercolor for three and a half year now. There is still so much I have to (and want to learn)...
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JettieHier Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have looked up Elizabeth Kincaid on google and had a look at her paintings. Great works she got there. I like using references and make my own thing out of it during the process. It feels a bit like cheating sometimes, but I enjoy and relax completely doing it and I think the practice will make me better on the way. Once I hope to be able to paint the things that are in my head. If you like flowers in watercolor you should Google Janneke Brinkman (or Janneke Brinkman-Salentijn, same person). I am so sure you will enjoy what she made!
About the tricky part of watercolor; the flow.....I enjoy the (un)predictable things it does. Sometimes your drawing gets so much better with an unexpected flow and sometimes it's ruined by it. I know what you mean by wanting to control your painting (too) much. I do the same. Control freak I am.
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LucieOn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like both using references and painting from my head. References give me more details to work with, plus it's safer - but everyone can compare the reference to your art and see how you succeeded :D Plus it doesn't feel entirely original. Painting from head gives so much more freedom and fun, and if I fail in capturing the idea, the only who knows is me. But it's also more difficult.
The thing is, when you get to know watercolor better, you will learn how to avoid ruining a picture and you will only enjoy the random effects :) It helped a lot to me to learn more about paints and pigments, now I know why certain colours behave differently from others, and I can avoid them :D
This is a very useful website about watercolor: [link] (I posted this link here once already, so perhaps you saw it).
And Winsor&Newton [link] have on their website useful info about pigments (focused of course on their paints).
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