I have two shows scheduled for 2013 and a third in the works so it is time I start shifting my focus towards adding pieces to my ongoing body of work called The Motley Menagerie.
I began my formal art education in scientific illustration so this canvas (titled "The Collection" and 12x24 inches in size) really transported me back to the days of spending a week or more laboring over a single piece, nose just inches from the canvas and neck aching from the strain of concentration. I love the results but hate the process. It plays too well into my perfectionistic streak, something I am constantly trying to tame. However, I got in my head that I was going to paint beetles and so paint beetles I must! (As a bonus, I have 11 more critters to add to my 365/2013 character project! Yay me!)