Kaleidoscope Dreaming

The Story Behind the Painting

I have never seen so many varieties of butterflies, bees, wasps and moths in one place as I did this day, the key was to sit still and let them do there stuff. This seems to be the best approach to photograph most animals and insects I have found.

I was a little worried about the bees and the wasps but because I remained relatively still and they were not building a nest they weren’t bothered in the slightest.

I think I was photographing the insects for a good half hour two days in a row, and managed not to get stung, however the next day I was pruning a Boganville and got attacked twice by the wasps. Let me tell you some wordy dirts definitely came out of my mouth that day.

My Painting Process

I thought this was going to be relatively simple painting but the pink flowers were a little troublesome as the process was to paint a white flower then add some pink over it. As the darker pink on its own was not opaque enough to stand out on the black background.

The green leaves were a challenge to paint with a delicate look to them and the vines equally as challenging to make them thin and flowing.


I really love painting butterflies in Gouache as its easy to achieve the powdery look. I do this by painting the main colours then almost having a dry brush drag some white across the paper leaving little random white specks of paint.

This seems to replicate the dusty powdery wings they seem to have.


Ok I’m really over painting these little pink and white flowers and its almost discouraging seeing how many I still have to go. I’m generally a patient person but sometimes hundreds of pink flowers must be my limit so I put the artwork aside for a few days.

Yes its like everything else, sometimes you just don’t feel like painting and I have to focus on something else.


So to get back in the swing of things I started painting a few butterflies and this is when the painting really started to come alive. My frown turned into a smile and I was once again happy and focused.


More butterflies were added as I sourced a few more of my photos. Just to make it a little more interesting I added a super tinny ladybug and some more dreaded pink flowers.


At this stage the painting was almost complete but I still wanted to add a little more life so a bee was added and a white moth.

Looking at the painting it wasn’t quite balanced so I added some more pink flowers on the vine to the top left hand corner of the painting.


Framed up and ready for the exhibition, still deciding if this painting will go up for sale as my mother likes it so much. I think sometimes is good to keep some of my artwork in the family since my mother has a connection to butterflies, and well its mum.


Gouache and Watercolour Paper

For my Black Label collection I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Black Colourfix Art Spectrum Paper or Black Mi-Teintes Touch Pastel Card.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

7 Comments on “Kaleidoscope Dreaming

  1. Good Lord, I found the ladybird before I found the bee! πŸ‘€πŸ€£ Such a beautiful painting. I love reading your journey of creation for each artwork. And no matter how difficult they were for you, I love the pink flowers… and the butterflies. Well done! πŸ‘πŸ‘

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