Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Blood Butterflies" - W.I.P. Step 3 - Completion!

It's been SO long I actually forgot this piece still existed.

I was determined to get it done. Here's the finished painting…four years in the making!

Watercolors on watercolor paper - 5" x 7" (NFS)

In this last step, the darks were strengthened to make the muscles "pop" and I added the red on the butterflies and the splattering on the torso.

:::Close-up detail:::

It was meant to be a companion piece to "Blood Butterfly" but in all honesty, so much time has passed I no longer remember what the original inspiration was for the artwork. 

Perhaps that's why it kept getting further and further put off. There was a disconnect with the piece and it started to lose meaning--its life-source--for me.

I'm just glad it's done. Four years!! Can I get a fuckity-fuck and super-shit for old time's sake? Yes, please!

I've decided to give this painting to a blogging friend who's bought a number of my nudes in the past.

It's my way of saying thank you for all the support and advice he's given me these past several years.

And now I can finally say…



naturgesetz said...

That is definitely a powerful piece. I like the detail showing how one of the butterflies has alit on the man's side — very skillfully done.

Lucky guy who is getting this.

Maybe now you'll do more and offer them for sale?

Michelle said...

Wonderful work, Dean. It feels so great to finish a project!

Dean Grey said...


I'm glad you like it.

I would love to start selling my work online again but it's just too hard with working so much. I'm hoping once I get fully settled into my new place that the art will follow.



Yes, I'm so glad it's done!!


Both of your comments are greatly appreciated!


Randuwa said...

Inspired...clearly, some things are worth the wait.

Dean Grey said...


Thank you, Randy.