Yesterday when I went to the lily pond at Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA, I took many photos, hoping that I might be able to use some for future paintings. The lotus flower in the above flower caught my eye for the dragonfly it was hosting. If you look at the picture carefully, there are two more dragonflies. They were everywhere, landing on a flower briefly only to fly away to another. There were no other insects--no butterflies, bees, or mosquitoes (thank goodness for the absence of the last). Just these beautiful creatures, which do humans no harm. I love them. So I was thrilled to be able to capture their images in my camera.
Today, in the comfort of my studio on another miserably hot day, I painted "Lotus and Dragonfly." I took care not to get too fussy, which is one of the biggest dangers of painting from photographs. Another problem is, of course, the inability to see dark shadow colors. Since I painted these sculptural flowers just yesterday, I could remember the colors of the pads and flowers pretty well. The dragonfly was painted in last, quickly and gesturally. So here we go--my first painting of a dragonfly.