Lilac with butterfly

So this is what inspired me. Last week I looked out at our lilac bush and it was covered with Swallowtail butterflies. Almost seemed like the tree would lift off and disappear. Took some pictures, including the close-up below:

But I wanted to capture movement, and try for movement in my painting as well, so I took this short video: (50 seconds long)


Then I created a painting. I used the shapes from the landscape photo, put a few yellow abstract patches in the tree and added graphite tracings to suggest movement. “Swallowtails” acrylic and graphite; 40 inches by 30 inches.