Dragonfly Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans) Florida

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.

Blue-Eyed Darner – Aeshna multicolor

Aeshna dragonfly small

I was asked recently if I illustrate dragonflies.  I do but have not posted one.  The reason being that most of the insects I illustrate are created with field guide quality in mind.  In other words, one should be able to use my illustrations for identification purposes.  When identifying a dragonfly the markings often used are the cells and veins on the wings right down to the smallest detail.  Those details may only be noticeable to the trained, keen-eyed entomologist.  Though keen-eyed, I am not a trained entomologist.  That said, this illustration is very accurate however, I cannot guarantee that I did not leave out a vein line or add extra cells.

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….