Pierre Perroquet the Parrot!

This caricature of a parrot is back on my drawing desk and ready to be finished after being “on hold” for several weeks. Like most artists, I sometimes get frustrated with a drawing not turning out as well as I originally envisioned. So – I simply put it away out of sight for a while. I have now touched up a few details and I’m back on a roll. :o)

When you get annoyed with a drawing, stop working! To continue may result in irreparable mistakes. Put the drawing away in a safe place for a few days or a few weeks and start something new. When you examine it with fresh eyes, you’ll not only be able to identify problem areas, but you’ll also see that it’s not as bad as you thought it was.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with have several projects on the go at once. However, to avoid the “P-word” (procrastination), never have more than 5 to 10 works-in-progress tucked safely away in folders. Discipline yourself to always finish one of these works-in-progress before you permit yourself to begin a new drawing. This process works for most artists – especially those with ADHD (like me). :o)

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Ladybug Lounging on a Leaf

I finally finished this fun drawing by adding a leaf and foliage in the background. To make sure the ladybug stands out strongly as the focal point of the drawing, the background is light and considerably less detailed.

As I created this drawing I did a little research to find out more about ladybugs:

  • Despite the inference of their name, ladybugs are not bugs – they are beetles. Often considered a friend to gardeners, the ladybug loves to snack on such delicacies as aphids, mites, broccoli worms, and tomato hornworms.
  • Ladybugs have very few natural predators. Their bright colors warn most potential predators that a ladybug lunch could make them very sick – or dead! If a predator get too close, a ladybug warns them by releasing a foul smelling and tasting chemical from their joints.
  • Approximately 5,000 different species of ladybugs live on planet earth. Most of these species only live for a year; however, the Asian Lady Beetle has been known to live for 2 to 3 years.
  • Ladybugs come in many colors, such as: yellow, orange, black, grey, brown, and even pink. Some species have no spots and others have up to 24 spots. Several species have stripes instead of spots.
  • Unlike mosquitoes and fleas, ladybugs do not bite humans. However, if under stress they can pinch you with their tiny mandibles – an injury so slight that it’s barely noticeable.
  • Ladybugs are often imported from other countries to help with organic and biological pest control. They make their homes in many different types of vegetable and floral gardens, as well as in forests and fields.
  • Ladybugs rarely invade people’s homes. When they do take up residence in a house, they almost never chew walls, furniture, or fabrics. 

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