Bejeweled Cicada by evon ski

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I found this bug outside my studio and I knew it was a cicada. I had never seen one quite like this one. I thought the markings were pretty unique and cicada are a symbol of metamorphsis to me. I often find meaning in the happenstance, although not immediately.

Charcoal, pastel, acrylic and ink on Stonehenge drawing paper 18 × 22″

enjoy making direct work from natural materials in my prairie and wildlife sanctuary.
i am a very restless person and I work in many different ways with a variety of media.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Marrow Lindbergh

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  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 3 years ago

    Love to listen to these creatures. This is lovely and the colors are great.

  • yes they are cool to view and listen to as well. So glad you like and thank you.

    – evon ski

  • Karen Gingell
    Karen Gingellalmost 3 years ago

    We get quite a few of them here in summer – never saw one like this either – very nice drawing – love the delicate feel of the wings

  • Thanks so much Karen.

    – evon ski

  • carboneye
    carboneyealmost 3 years ago

    I love cicada’s!, when I was a kid I lived in a place where they sang in a continuous high pitched thrumming which I found quite comforting and ofcourse, there was the magical hunt for thier husk’s which they mostly left attached to the side’s of gum-tree’s.
    Even today they are a source of fascination for me, and as you say they are a symbol of metamorphosis and change.
    Your rendition is beautiful!, and what I thought of first up was that this would make a great design for a stained-glass window….and now I’m having elaborate vision’s of a gigantic gothic style cathedral with these thirty foot high cicada window’s alternating with some other insect based design!, I’ll keep on dreamin!, lol!
    P.S. Did you know that the air preasure’s created inside these miraculous creature’s sound producing mechanism’s are, for a fraction of a second, equal to those found at ten feet away from a hand-grenade going off?, explosive!::}}

  • we had some similar childhood experiences view?
    Boy I love that idea about stained glass windows, maybe monarchs and cicadas? two different processes of transformation, one closes in on it self to change in a private vault . . . . . the other bust out in the open public forum . . of a tree. wow thatks also for the sceince tip. love stuff like that.

    – evon ski

  • polly470
    polly470almost 3 years ago


  • Thanks for popping in with a great word Polly!!

    – evon ski

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago

    Love the soothing sounds of the cicada and love their coloring…wonderfully done love how you captured their wings:)

  • Thank you Robin , I appreciate your comment. :)

    – evon ski

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    A beautiful and detailed work of art.

  • thank you kindly Bunny.

    – evon ski

  • Rnz0
    Rnz0almost 3 years ago

    brutally handsome

  • never been one for pretty boys.
    my own beauty came late
    as a great surprise.

    muchas grass to you Sir.

    – evon ski

  • kenroome
    kenroomealmost 3 years ago

    In the trees unseen, they seem to be of a mind, singing together without que but as an orchestra united in the fluid song. Beautiful drawing.

  • they are fascinating on all levels, looking and listening. Thank you Ken, most appreciated. :)

    – evon ski

  • Rnz0
    Rnz0almost 3 years ago

    Knew a pup who barked a lot, Yvonca was her name; eh?
    Y-vo-n-c-a, Y-vo-n-c-a, Y-vo-n-c-a, Yvonca was her name; eh?
    Seems thoughout your werx displaced (?) here an ongoing theme. Many are fascinated/obcessed with some-or-other trans-formation mythos; like the plowing tractor morphing into a battle robot… wait, that’s the “trans-farmers” cartoon. But your latecoming beauty is a deception; you’ve always been a pretty boy with a grassy ass. Wait, I misread summit… y’all BEEN booty full always, all wayz. Mebbe I shutza upza.

  • hmmm . . this tune soundz like: bingo was his name O. :)))
    now I have a theme song, perhaps a cartoon will be next . . . :)
    well, my eyes could not look up for most of my life so I never had a problem with the character defect of vanity and that is good because I did other things to find and feed my soul. I appreciate your beauty as well L. :) thank you.

    – evon ski

  • Cynthia Lund Torroll
    Cynthia Lund T...almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful, your bejeweled one…x

  • oh THAT is so COOL!! Thanks so much. you are too good to me Cia. I appreciate it greatly. would not want to touch it but I do love these bugs. :))

    – evon ski

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