Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pests II: Clover Flower & Japanese Beetles

This is my second submission for the Art of the Garden exhibition at Haverford Public Library.  A percentage of all artwork sales goes to library funding.

Pests II : Clover Flower and Japanese Beetles, watercolor, acrylic & graphite on wood, 12 x 12", 2011.
The theme of this whole project for me is to make something that is often overlooked or even hated seem beautiful.   I really liked the way the wood stained on this one, so I left a lot of empty space for it to show through.

Here is my preliminary drawing:

Pests II : Preliminary Drawing, graphite on bristol, 12 x 12", 2011. 
You can definitely see all the eraser marks... I changed the position of the beetles a lot before the final transfer onto wood.

And here's a close-up:

The first "pests" painting was blogged about here.  There's one more coming, so check back soon!

PS:  Does anyone actually really like Japanese Beetles? I think they're kind of annoying because they fly right into you at a billion miles per hour (that's a scientific fact!)


  1. i like beetles. especially these ones. the wood grain does look nice.

  2. Your work is stunning! I love the strong outlines and the soft textures! It has a Art Nouveau feeling with a modern twist!

  3. Thanks everyone!

    Julia, I've been following your blog too! I wish I cooked well enough to post illustrated recipes like you.


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