Damselfly Diamond – Emerald on Graphite (11×14)
I have a love-hate relationship with damselflies. Along with the Metallic Woodboring Beetles, they are probably my favorite family of insects. Their dainty bodies and lightly iridescent wings typify elegance and grace, yet prepared in a structured pattern add an architectural, purposeful feel to the piece.
However, damselflies are among the most delicate and fragile of insects. Until they are hermetically sealed in their frames, they are totally unstable – warping from a simple change in barometric pressure or humidity. My vocabulary has greatly expanded since I began working with damselflies. And not for the better.