Paper Wasp Nest (Polistes exclamans) Florida

Thought I’d post a cool photo while I work on some art projects. I love these wasps and photograph them with great respect as they are very protective of their nests, and will sting.   You will notice that some of the cells in this nest are capped closed. The larvae spin silk over the opening of their cell prior to entering the pupal stage.  Each day I watch as more and more cells are enclosed.

Paper Wasp Nest small

 

 

Digger Wasp

Chlorion lobatum

This is a type of Digger wasp.  Digger wasp females typically capture their prey – in her case crickets – and paralyzes it. She then buries the prey in the prepared nest but not before laying a single egg on it.  The emerging larva will feed on the live paralyzed prey, eventually killing it. Latin name, Chlorion lobatum is a very brightly colored metallic green with antennae that curl at the ends.

Painted in watercolor on Bristol paper

Sketchbook Fun with Arachnids

sketchbook insects 6-15 (12)

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

More Sketchbook Fun with Pen Sketches


One of the things that I like to do most for artistic inspirations is viewing other artist’s sketchbooks. It’s a peek into the unedited visual thoughts, emotions, problem solving processes, visual journaling and just the sincere enjoyment of creating with little more than pen and paper.
These are a few pen sketches I’ve done in my sketchbooks.

Adam Ant and My Naked-Eye

Common Ant

Common Ant

Recently found this little guy crawling around on my sketchbook while I was sketching  Well, this is my interpretation of him as he was too fast and because he was very small and my naked-eye is not quite as sharp as it used to be.  Adam Ant here was sketched with a Micron pen and colored with Koi watercolors.

Paper Wasp

Wasp edit

This is a Paper Wasp watercolor sketched in my Crescent sketchbook.  The Crescent sketchbook is predominantly for work with markers, they don’t bleed through to the next page.  Still not sure if I like the way the paper accepts watercolor.  However, for Copic and Prismacolor Markers, Crescent is awesome. Oh, and one last thing, this paper has a very slight greyish hue, it’s not labeled or considered a “toned” paper though.