Dragonfly

This dragonfly closeup was a bit unsettling to paint, but once I got past its hairy face and thorny legs, I was drawn by its beautiful color variations that look gorgeously iridescent in the sunlight.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Thanks to an awesome photographer, Lawrence Splitter, for generously sharing this photo on Photos For Artists!

 

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Shells

Today’s prompt is one of my favorite subjects – shells.

Shells

Shells

Thanks to Bianca Andersson for the terrific reference photo.

Hope you have a great weekend!

 

Squirrel

Today’s prompt is squirrel, one of my favorite animals that scamper through the backyard. They are silly and entertaining and especially skilled at getting a few morsels from our squirrel-proof bird feeder.  I figure if they work that hard at it, they are welcome to munch on the few seeds they manage to get.

Squirrel

Squirrel

 

Special thanks to Russ Bridges for sharing his skilled reference photos so freely with artists; he did a wonderful job capturing this squirrel!

Eggs

We have a local urban farm that sells fresh eggs, raw honey, and a myriad of honey-based products.  Their aviary boasts many varieties of hens and roosters, quail, and even peacocks.  While there I inquired about these small brown speckled eggs; the owner explained that they were quail eggs and put a few into my bag of purchases.

Quail Eggs

Quail Eggs

Although a bit foreign to me, many folks find quail eggs to be a delicacy, but I find them to be an excellent subject to paint.  The brown egg in the back is a large chicken egg for size perspective.

Bird – Common Merganser

This duck is an adult female Common Merganser.  I don’t recall ever seeing such a duck near where I live, but they were abundant on our visit to Glacier National Park last year.

Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

The Common Merganser has a long bill with serrated edges and a hooked tip to help grip slippery fish, a favorite food.  Isn’t her spiky hairdo so stylish?  🙂

Fawn

This little fawn seemed to pose for us as we hiked through Glacier National Park.

Deer

Deer – Glacier National Park

She definitely was not afraid of us and obviously was used to folks walking along that trail, and we enjoyed watching her antics as she playfully sparred with her siblings.