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.
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.
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….