I seem to be painting a lot of bugs lately and each have their own special beauty; some glisten with shiny iridescence like jewels while others are shiny or hairy. These characteristics make bugs fun and interesting to paint. I have a small collection of insects including some butterflies, moths, bees and beetles.
Below is a dor beetle, a type of dung beetle. They are very common; I have two in my collection. They are a bright shiny blue underneath and they do shine with hints of cobalt and violet in the light.
I have been working on a commission of a tiny sweat bee, a Halictus rubicundus female, she has lovely ginger hairy back legs or tibias and a furry little body with white stripes on the abdomen.
I was given a specimen to work from and have enlarged it six times, my field hand lens was invaluable here. I also took two macro photographs to help get the detail. The bee is painted on a lesser knapweed , Centaurea nigra flower, a member of the Asteraceae, - the daisy family; these bees seem to favor flowers from this family.
Its hard not to get lost in these flowers, they are painted with cobalt and winsor violet from studies I made in a previous summer.
I have also started another painting, I will let you figure out what it is.
Roll on spring!