I love beetles! They come in so many different colour varieties and shapes, and some of them look like little gemstones. They are really fun to paint and if they have a metallic look like this one it's quite a challenge to get the reflections right.
I found this little guy in our garden last summer, it was tiny, only about 8mm long, but it was so shiny and sparkly, as if it was made out of a polished metal... I took a photo of it to paint it at some point, so here it is.
I had no idea what species it was so I called it "Bob"
I now found out that it is from the "rosemary beetles" family.... apparently they are a pest, but who decides that anyway?
Took me 5 days, done in acrylic on 300g paper, 40cm x 40cm (16inch x 16inch)
*does anyone of you know the French documentary movie "Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe", it came out 1996? If you are interested in insects, watch it!!! Abolutely stunning pictures