Mantis and Hydrangeas 8"x10" Print
This is a print made from my original drawing, which was created using Prismacolor colored pencils. Frame not included, just for demonstration purposes.
When I first started becoming serious about drawing and painting as an adult, I focused on flowers since they're beautiful and most people like them. But my true love was still with insects. I hesitated to add them into my portfolio since I didn't want to scare people away at art shows! I stared with charasmatic insects, like butterflies, to test the waters. I moved on to my real passion: bees. Things went well. I decided to push the boundaries with my typical audience and draw something that I knew made a lot of people squeamish: A praying mantis. I added hydrangeas to appeal to those who may not typically look twice at a praying mantis and consider it "beautiful" like the flowers. My goal with this piece was to make the audience see this as a friendly, beneficial bug rather than a "big gross scary" thing. It was surprisingly a hit at art shows, and many people who proclaimed they "don't even like bugs" were drawn to this and purchased a print, to my surprise.
It is always humbling when someone tells me they see beauty in something I've drawn, where they may not have otherwise seen it. That's my goal in a lot of the work that I create. I hope this makes people look twice when they encounter the insects in the real world as well.
-Watermarks are not printed on the actual prints. They are for protection purposes for my website only.
-Prints do not come framed, but frames and mats are often shown for demonstration or inspiration purposes. Most originals do come framed unless otherwise specified.
-Prints may take from 3-5 days to ship, Most times I print the orders as I receive them and I like them to dry for 24 hours before I bag and ship them. Thanks for your patience.
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