Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Illustration Friday: Swarm


I've never seen a swarm of dragonflies in real life but there's always a first time!
Having been around for nearly 300 million years, dragonflies have been known to symbolise various things in different cultures.
In english culture it's been known as 'the devil's darning needle'. Maybe the memory of this knowledge was buried deeply in my DNA and that's why they freak me out if I ever see one!
They're incredibly beautiful and stunning with their iridescent colours....
but so very pointy!
I think it might be their darting movements that startle me because really, they're completely harmless. They don't bite or sting and they eat mosquitoes. Now that alone is a very good reason to love them
but then that's another story...

12 comments:

Julie-ann F Bowden said...

You have captured the girl being as calm as she can in such a swarm. Bless her, protecting the owl. Wisdom in such a moment!
Dragon flies are beautiful and especially painted ones.
Thank you for sharing and the history also. Such a great post!
lovexx
Julie

renilde said...

Great idea,a swarm of dragonflies would make quite a sight, x

Chibi Janine said...

Watching dragon flies dance above water is so beautiful to watch, Though if I encounted a swarm of the I think I'd be a little freaked.

Excellent illustration.

Dyche Designs said...

Dragonflys are so beautiful, I'm always mesmerized when I see one. Love the owl the woman is cradling in her arm. Beautiful.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Yay,..how beautiful..i have been in a "swarm"..it is fantastic! it is quite lovely to watch, witness and experience...beautiful art! I love her! we were on our way for a hike one day..and it must have been mating time or something..there were a kazliion everywhere..and it was very magical..!
beautful post!

Hi I'm Laurie... said...

We do have dragonfly 'swarms' here in the South in the summer! We call them 'mosquito bombers! and are very fond of them.

Your illo is gorgeous!

joynevada.com said...

I would love to see a dragonfly swarm! This is lovley

Julie-ann F Bowden said...

Thank you Jessie for your beautiful comment.
Lovexx
Julie

dosankodebbie said...

Your illo is lovely! I really enjoy the dragonflies that visit our garden in the late summer. I draw them every chance I get.

Deborah Cardinal said...

So pretty! Your style is really gorgeous. I love the idea of a swarm of dragonflies too.

Also, you make me want to try using watercolour paints - I've never used them!

Amalou said...

This is so serene and beautiful. I love the dragonflies escaping from her dress.

Jessie said...

Thankyou lovely people! xx