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This picture was a commission I had to do. It took a fair bit of planning as the customer described the colours, oriental lean, etcetera that she wanted in the pic. So, with an old piece of blue fabric and a lot of research on dragonflies, I went to work. The entire piece is done in colour pencil, with white gouache and black ink details on mat board. 55cm x 55cm. 2005
Unfortunately lost to the Victorian Black Saturday fires 2009.
R.I.P. Michelle xo

Has been featured in ‘Pencil Drawing’, ‘Coloured Pencil Art’ and ‘Painters in Modern Times’ groups.


  • Tallulah
    Tallulahalmost 7 years ago

    What an amazing image….beautiful in all it’s detail. Wonderful work.

  • JenJenM
    JenJenMalmost 7 years ago

    wow, this is fantastic!

  • Denise Martin
    Denise Martinalmost 7 years ago

    This is absolutely fabulous!

  • Heidi Schwandt Garner
    Heidi Schwandt...almost 7 years ago

    Lisa, Jen, Denise, thankyou. :)

  • Kaitlin Beckett
    Kaitlin Beckettalmost 7 years ago

    I LOVE the wing panes. Incredible!

  • Thankyou Firedrake. Drawing in such detail you soon begin to realize there is NOTHING random in nature. Nature is made up of symmetry, balance and method (amongst other things) So the wings had to be carefully studied, planned and sketched for this picture :)

    – Heidi Schwandt Garner

    BLYTHARTalmost 7 years ago

    I’m so glad Kaitlin (Firedrake) told me about you. Even if I hadn’t seen all your work, this one painting would have made my visit worthwhile. Would it embarrass you if I called you a genius?

  • Perhaps not embarrass, but I do feel….um, hard to explain really. I feel the art I do, or the talent I have is definitely a gift. It is something I am MEANT to do. It heals me and brings joy to others, I dont feel I can take all the credit for this. (but thank you!) :)

    – Heidi Schwandt Garner

    BLYTHARTalmost 7 years ago

    The wings remind me of those Tiffany lamps.

    BLYTHARTalmost 7 years ago

    I understand what you mean. When you have a God-given talent it’s awkward to take all of the credit, but you certainly deserve a generous share of the praise.

  • kazcook1972
    kazcook1972almost 7 years ago

    This is absolutely stunning ~ it is so detailed and intricate. I can’t believe it’s not a photograph, it looks so lifelike.

  • Aari
    Aarialmost 7 years ago

    It’s beautiful! A lot of work with colour pencil on that size, amazing.

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