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!

 

Ladybug, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Creating this was almost a little too creepy crawly for my liking, but I did enjoy painting the vibrant wing covers (elytra) of this ladybug. I generally have no issues catching a “pretty” ladybug and admiring its color and spots, and I don’t mind a butterfly or lightning bug either, but that is about as far as I go with flying or crawling pests. I don’t know why this is because they all have alien faces with twitching antennae and too many scraggly legs, even the “pretty” bugs.

Ladybug

Ladybug

(The background is computer enhanced a little to help the actual wings show up better.) Now that I’ve painted a bee and a ladybug this week, I think that will be enough insects for a while.  Thank goodness April has a lot more to offer.  Have a great weekend!

 

Bee, #WorldWatercolorGroup

As promised here is one of the creepy crawlies that I am not fond of observing up close – a bee.  I don’t know how accurate this one is to a real bee because I simply drew it without looking at a reference photo and am going with it.

Bee

Bee

I love what bees do for us and know how important they are in nature, but looking at every wiggling, twitching, alien detail is not enjoyable to me.  For that reason it was very easy to paint looser, something I want to do more of, so thank you, bee, for teaching me a lesson in loose painting!