Brand NEW butterfly artwork!

I spent way too much time working on an image after being inspired by a product ad on Facebook. There were these cool little light fixtures in the shape of animals and inside were forest scenes, Christmas lights, and color. It’s probably easier to just show you the ad…

Those are physical things in the picture so I knew it would be hard to recreate the idea in picture form, but I loved the idea of a scene within the shape of wildlife. I have a few butterfly pictures so I picked that as my starting point.

Butterfly outline

Next addition is Christmas lights so I found a picture taken last winter. The blurry lights in the image would work well enough so I used the warm color in my editing.

Blurry lights

I love silhouettes. I found a cute, plump bird silhouette to use. See if you can find the chubby bird in the final image!

Bird silhouette

I didn’t want a solid white background so I found another butterfly, a profile angle, to fill up the blank space.

Butterfly for background

I tried all sorts of different things to create a pleasing image but ended up only using 4 elements… the blurry lights, the bird, the second butterfly, and this flower:


Putting all of this into one image was hard. I had many errors and went over it again and again, trying different ideas but never quite being settled. Even the final image had 4 or 5 different versions. But none sat right with me so I went back to an early version just with the butterflies, the lights, bird, and flower. It’s simple, colorful, not too busy, and I love it. I hope you do, too. Here’s the final image of a butterfly scene…

You can snoop around more of my “created” images in this gallery. I also take photos of wildlife, landscapes, cemeteries, and more. Find them all on my SmugMug page where you an download and purchase them as framed artwork.

Thanks for dropping in!

-Out of the Wilderness


Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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