First I painted the flower and then lost most of the edges into the background. However as you can see I keep some edges...if you lose all the edges all you would get is a yellow wash...losing some of the edges keep some of the form of the flower and also lets me see where I am going.
on the body first then moving on to the wings. When you are painting
like this you aren’t looking for a photographic representation of the
actual subject, you are looking for a feel of it and I don’t mind if you
cannot tell what species of butterfly it is I am more concerned that
you simply see it is a butterfly. I have painted the butterfly in
exactly the same way as the flower though I haven’t lost any edges on