Since I rarely repeat myself, I decided to doodlewash a fly for the second time. And so, this little green bottle fly or blow fly has wandered into our #NatureDoodlewash hike. I first painted a fly like this back in October so I was curious to see what it would look like if I tried it again today. I did a light pencil sketch before inking it and then added watercolor. The first time was just straight to pen and I rather liked the outcome of that. So, I think I’ll be sketching fast in ink more in July before adding watercolor, along with my growing wish list of watercolor experimentation for World Watercolor Month!

Yeah, most consider flies to be kind of gross, but they’re very beneficial. Unfortunately, what makes them beneficial is precisely what makes them super disgusting. They play an essential role in nature by decomposing dead tissue. Their babies are yucky little larvae, and mom lays her eggs on the body of a recently killed animal. Seriously hoping you’re not reading this during dinner, but there’s nothing to tell about flies that isn’t sort of nasty. Fly facts aren’t fun as they always seem to start with maggot and end with cholera, so that’s probably all that needs to be said here.

I’m thrilled and excited for the end of the week! There’s a constant stream of new artists joining the Facebook Group and it’s exciting to see everyone’s preliminary posts! If you haven’t joined yet, check it out (even if you’re not a fan of Facebook… just come hang out in our group! It’s worth it!). I’m running really short on time tonight, so figured I’d sneak this fly in quickly. I’m so ready to play and experiment in July! I hope all of you will be joining us! No rules, except your art must use watercolors or gouache in any way you choose and be tagged #WorldWatercolorMonth wherever you post it in July! Let’s get ready to play together!

Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month! 

World Watercolor Month is coming in July! Click here to learn more!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Permanent Green Pale, Viridian, Azo Orange, and Neutral Tint. Sennelier: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

50 replies on “Return Of The Blow Fly

  1. I daresay there are a fair few more of the beggars around than there were in October! In fact I know as much! It’s nice to revisit and observe the progression. How far we have come!😉 Great job on their one saving grace – the colourful body/thorax/whatever the correct term is! And on the subject of saving graces, hearing those snippets of research it’s probably another that you’re short of time!

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    1. Yeah, any more time on research and things would have gotten ugly!! Lol Thanks so much, Jacob! It was fun to revisit a previous subject. I almost liked the first one better though. I want to try straight to pen lose sketches again in July. Among a million other things I won’t quite make it too! Lol

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  2. Amazing green metallic effect, legs, shadows, and wings – although I am not surprised. Yes, thanks for skipping the majority of the gross details. Also, I have a rolled up newspaper just in case I hear any buzzing 😉

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  3. Kudos to you for making this gross fellow so handsome, I almost am willing to like it!😉 I just love the way you made it so 3D and iridescent!❤ My old brain fails me but do you do demos on a Youtube channel?

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  4. Stunning and beautiful painting! Love how you captured the metallic iridescent sheen…really amazing. I remember when I first saw one as a child, I thought it looked like a lovely jewel flying around and promptly “ooohed” and “aaaaahed” over it. Then my mother told me it was a fly…eeeew really?!! (Though I still think they look pretty…lol) Thanks for sharing this little gem.

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