August 28th (5)smallGoofin’ around again.  The attempt has been to to go right in with brush and paints, no references and little planning.  In other words, stepping out of my comfort zone.  The process has been a lot of fun, and once again I can’t help but humor myself by playing around with these silly little characters.

Insect Girl

Insect Princess

So Vani suggested that I paint something uhh a little less technical.  He told me to begin with only paintbrush and paints.  NO pre-drawing, NO planning and NO thinking.  Grrrrrr!  I worked at it for days and I’m still not sure if I like it or if it’s finished. She went through several incarnations before settling on this one.   She is similar to the Lilliputians that I draw in my sketchbooks, but they rarely meet canvas and paints.  Any suggestions-positive or negative- are welcome.  The painting can use a name too….

Sketchbook Fun with Arachnids

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Some spider drawings done with Platinum Carbon fountain pen in toned Canson sketchbook.  These are for a friend and fellow blogger, Inari, who drew a beautiful spider for me.  Check out, “what’s on the drawing board?” at  Inari Designs

Red Palm Weevil

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Painted with Liquitex acrylic paints on acrylic paper.  First an underpainting was done with markers then I thin my acrylics with an airbrush medium making the paint more transparent and watercolor-like.  This makes the acrylics layer nicely while allowing the undercolors to peek through.

A fascinating little beetle the Palm Weevil is, but unfortunately they are considered pests in areas where palm trees are abundant.  The female is attracted to the sweet smell of palms.  At the palm she will find a soft spot in the base of the trunk.  There she will dig a hole with her rostrum (mouthparts at the end of what looks like a snout).  Then she deposits her eggs into the hole with her ovipositor.   When the larvae emerge they feed on the palm pulp . . .

The rest of the process starts to get a little more technical here.  For those of you that are interested you can read a more detailed description of the life cycle of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, Red Palm Weevil here.

Common Name, Lanternfly

This little colorful and exotic creature is a Fulgorid bug. Other common names are, Dragon-Headed bug and Wart-Headed bug.

Fulgorid bug

Fulgorid bug

Phrictus quinquepartitus from the order Hemiptera (2-4″)
Also considered a plant hopper or leaf hopper, she is a sap-feeding herbivore and is typically arboreal. She feeds by uncurling her proboscis, which is a long curled-up straw like mouth part.  Most Fulgorid bugs share the same distinctive features of long, strangely shaped heads.

Reference taken from the book, “Insects, Spiders and Other Terrestrial Arthropods” by George C. McGavin

Liquitex Acrylic paints on watercolor paper.

Bing and Beetles

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While looking through some of my paintings to maybe post, I found this pair.  I had forgotten the little details about this species, so I Binged  Dorcus tanakai, and to my surprise my painting popped up as the first image in the Bing image search.  I had originally posted it on Flickr a while back and forgot.  Okay, I know, cheap thrill but a small one nonetheless.

Enough about me, this beetle pair, dorsal and ventral (back and belly) views, were painted with acrylics on canvas.