This ink drawing is of butterflies from Williamson Park’s Butterfly House, in Lancaster. Painting live butterflies is a little challenging, but the zookeepers give me the most beautiful ones after they die. It is fascinating to be able to see them so well. I used a dip pen, twigs and feathers to draw, and tried to convey a feeling of energy and movement. Quink ink is normally used for writing, but I love to use it to draw with because when diluted with water the colours change to shades of brown and blue. It’s very unpredictable, but I think this adds to its charm.
The drawing is framed and measures 53 x 39 cm (21 x 15.5″).