Inspiration for my Brilliant Emerald Dragonfly Ornament
Dragonflies are a very popular subject in art. And I was asked many times to model one before I finally gave in. Too nervous! I chose the Brilliant Emerald Dragonfly because of its wonderfully scalloped abdomen – a feature which translates perfectly into silver. I decided to model the dragonfly close to the real size and in a resting position but as if poised for flight. Though designed as a pendant, it is poised perfectly to make the ideal dragonfly ornament.
The wings were always going to be a challenge: If you add all of the incredible detail of the veining on the wings, they would look too heavy. So I instead chose to minimise the detail on the wings to mirror the near-transparency of the real thing. Despite my nervousness, I was secretly really pleased with the final result… Anything less and I would have hidden it in my modelling drawer of shame!
If you wish to learn more about the Brilliant Emerald Dragonfly, click here.
What my customers say:
“Using the dragonfly Somatochlora metallica as the model of your work seems very appropriate due to the name. You have captured the beauty of this dragonfly well, the overall proportions and shape, but also the face details, which was not that obvious from the picture…”
Erland – dragonfly enthusiast, Denmark (re. Brilliant Emerald Dragonfly)
The proceeds of this sale went to support the conservation efforts of The British Dragonfly Society