Some beetle sketches from many moons ago.
While surfin’ around the other day looking at insect photos and reading up on the six-legged, I came across a cool Word Press blog called Confessions of an Entomologist. As I perused the neat posts and stories, one in particular got me thinking about the Dobsonfly, Why World Oceans Day is Sexy. So, one thing lead to another and here is my watercolor of a Dobsonfly. Be sure to check out the links above to read more about the very interesting lifecycle of the Dobsonfly
Goofin’ 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.
A few dragonfly photos as I’m in the process of some artwork. I think that she was probably on her last day or close to expiring. I think this because of docile behavior and because she looks old in the face and the jagged wing tips.
These hairy little guys are pretty fierce and aggressive predatory flies. From the family Diptera. I’ve enjoyed the Robber Fly in action many times. They seem to be completely unbothered by humans and focused on the hunt. It is not unusual to see one zoom by with another fly or even a dragon fly in his grasp. A patient viewer can observe a Robber Fly as he scope-out and hunts down his prey. One may even get to view as he uses his small proboscis (straw-like mouth part) to liquefy and devour his prey. This painting was done with watercolor and Prismacolor colored pencils on illustration board 11″ x 14″
If you’re interested in more info on robber Flies : http://www.everythingabout.net/articles/biology/animals/arthropods/insects/flies/robber_fly/
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….
This colorful lil Rainbow Scarab is a Dung Beetle. Latin name Phaneus vindex. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness these guys in action on numerous occasions. I’ll never forget the first time I saw one. I was outside in North Florida with my dog, who ah, welll. . . had just created a small dung pile. Within minutes I heard a loud buzzing (like a very loud bee). I looked, and to my surprise I saw this shiny, huge beetle buzz right by us and land on the dung pile. She was so vibrant and shiny green that I just had to watch as this beautiful beetle effortlessly pulled that log of dung down under the soil within seconds, leaving only what looked like an ant hill. I later learned that she lays her eggs on the excrement where the larva eventually will feed on it until they eclose (hatch) into a full size beetle. Cool eh!?
Painted with Liquitex acrylics, detailed with Prismacolor colored pencils