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!

 

Feathery, Draw-A-Bird Day, May 2017 #WorldWatercolorGroup

These pretty tree swallows were captured in photograph by my talented, artistic brother-in-law, Rob, at one of our local parks.  I took a little liberty with the background, which really doesn’t show up very well in the scan, but the birds are the stars of the show anyway.  These beautiful birds have iridescent dark blue head and back feathers and stark white fronts.  Tree Swallows feed on small flying insects that they catch in their mouths during acrobatic flight.  I bet that’s a grand sight to see!

Tree Swallows

Tree Swallows

Thanks to Charlie from Doolewash for appropriately assigning the prompt of feathery today, and again thanks to Rob for the great reference photo!