I’ve long been intrigued by exotic bugs. Moving to Arizona has suddenly put them (often quite literally) in my face, though. This tiny guy was spotted near Rose Canyon Lake on Mt. Lemmon, about an hour from Tucson.
I’ve been wanting to paint the insects I’ve been seeing pretty much ever since I got here. Today was finally the day! I picked the tiniest one. (No, no, really: do you KNOW about some of the bugs here? Some are seriously scary.)
Mt. Lemmon is nothing like the rest of Tucson. For one thing, there are Ponderosa pines everywhere. Driving up there reminded me so much of growing up in Northern California, and rendered me instantly homesick. Thanks for that. “I know what’s missing in my life! BIG TREES!”
I usually draw the cute and furry things of this world. Drawing a beetle is an excellent change of pace! You can really get lost in their segmented little appendages and intricate markings. I had a hard time slowing down enough to take it all in.