Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Animal Wednesday - Cicada on Catalpa Leaf


When my DB was trimming a Catalpa tree he found a cicada clinging to the underside of a leaf. I brought it in last evening to draw it. I knew it was in the throes of death since it didn't budge when I touched it. They don't live long after they are out and about. I noticed it would move it's tail up and down. I wonder if it is a female emitting a phermone or was it just moving?? It startled me once when it moved a little. It's tiny feet skritching across the leaf. It didn't go far. I put it back outside when I was finished.
Happy Animal Wednesday to eveyone.

24 comments:

sukipoet said...

beautiful rendition

ArtistUnplugged said...

What a lovely job on that leaf and cicada! Enjoyed your zentangle in your previous post as well. Hope you are doing well!

AtelierBrigitte said...

This is wonderful!!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Lisa, this is Awesome. You are a great Artist. I think the bug would have creeped me out to much to do it live tho... lol

PAK ART said...

very accurate and beautiful picture. You really got the detail on that cicada! We don't have them in AK but I enjoyed looking at them when I visited my daughter in VA. Pretty interesting critters.

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa,

Oh,this is beautiful, really beautiful. I love it.

Glad you put the cicada back out in the garden :)

verobirdie said...

Really, really beautiful! One of your best

marianne said...

Wow Lisa! This is stunning!!! Can't believe how good you have become in watercolors! I think it nearly can't get any better than this but you have already surprised me a few times before;)

HAW ♥

Teri C said...

Awesome painting Lisa'!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAW

SandyCarlson said...

I like this very much. Your talent amazes me.

Julie said...

I think this is the best art peice you have ever done...so realistic, it is scary! I just love it! Me and cicadas go way back!!!

Julie said...

The shadows, the shine, the curves...it is just lovely, Lisa!!! I had to go back and study it a while!

Katiejane said...

Wow! This is a really nice sketch! It looks like the real thing. You did well!

Q said...

Nice....aways love to see bugs.
I have been bringing all sorts of caterpillars into the house.
I have 16 Black Swallowtail chrysalis waiting to emerge...
I think my house is turning into a butterfly house!
The cicadas have stopped singing here. I think their season is over even tho it was 86 degrees today!
Nice drawing....I am so glad you are drawing.....and watercolors.....you are an amazing artist.
Sherry

Gail said...

Lisa, This is a lovely watercolor of a cicada.gail

Caroline said...

What a super illustration! I hear cicadas every evening - what a racket they make!

SandyCarlson said...

I love this Beautiful. I have folded cicadas with the origami club, so now it's nice to know what they look like.

Quiet Paths said...

That is really life like! The leaf is so vibrant.

Mim said...

it's so beautiful! love it !

yoon see said...

Sorry to be late here, my internet connection is still having problem.

This is wonderful rendered piece, you must put much thought and hardwork on it!

steviewren said...

It's a beautiful illustration. I'm impressed with your powers of observation.

messyfish said...

lovely! you always are getting better and better. i love the shadow and the details

Lynn said...

Wow! I hope I become as good as you one day at this painting thing. The leaf, it's veins the shadow...all sing to me. And the bug too!!! So much detail.

yoon see said...

I do agree with Julie. This is a very very beautiful piece!
The light and shade, colours, composition.....everything is perfect!