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Sun Beetle


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Sun Beetle

When I was quite young, I yearned to be an Egyptologist, as did my cousin Jan. We grew up in different places, but she and I followed similar paths, until she really went down a different path and never came back.

My daughter also enjoys Ancient Egypt’s many mysteries, but enjoys insects even more, so what else should I make her but this bringer of the Sun, the lowly dung beetle.

The Sun texture was rather fun to achieve, by underpainting a dark red, and when that was dry, putting a thick layer of orange/yellow down, laying a piece of paper towel over it and carefully lifting it off. Had to do that a few times to get the effect I wanted, but I like how it turned out.

It’s acrylic on canvas, and if you want more information about using acrylics in hot weather, check out my older blog about ‘Seasonal Mediums’. It can be frustrating.

Dream HAre sketch
color treatment, next stop: canvas!
Dream Hare

Studio Scene

Done! 🙂 Just showing a little progress because it’s fun to show and fun to progress. I have a few of these colorful paintings going right now, and I rather like them. I hope you do too!

Sleepy Tortoise looks like me in the morning before my coffee. 😀

Not all those who wander are lost.


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