Summer's Lease

Susan Clare
Summer's Lease
  • Media: Acrylics
  • Subject: Animal or Wildlife
  • Size: 80 x 30
  • Surface: Canvas
  • Price: £650.00

Having a pond in my garden, I am fond of watching the dragonflies dart around above the water, skilled acrobats in shimmering costumes. After spending so much time as an aquatic larva before emerging into the sunshine to take flight, it seems a shame that their lifespan is but a few short weeks. To capture the magical excitement of my dragonfly and the tropical feel of the environment, I chose Liquitex acrylics, which have some vibrant hues in their range: wonderful pinks, violets, greens and yellows, that helped to create the hothouse feeling. I placed the dragonfly close-up, on an extended landscape format, in order to get 'up close and personal'. I focussed on the colour patterns, rather than the biological features and make sure the connect the insect with its surroundings, using large flat brushwork, which I learned from attending Marie Antoniou's workshops. Hopefully this dragonfly was able to make the most of its short, but fun, adult life. Winner of the Professional Animal and Wildlife Award, AOY 2018

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