Sharon Field
Because these wings are no longer wings to fly  III

Because these wings are no longer wings to fly III

Watercolour and graphite
16 x 11cm

These dried eucalyptus leaves seemed to echo the flight of this grasshopper which died in full flight, with wings extended revealing their beautiful colours. The colours and form are a perfect match.

The Yellow-winged grasshopper (Gastrimargus musicus) is a common grassland locust in Australia and India. It only displays its yellow back wings in flight, when it also emits a loud clicking sound. Body colour varies from green to brown in normal conditions to straw-coloured when swarming.

The dry eucalyptus leaves, with the seeds of some insect adhered to its surface fly away in the hot wind dancing with the grasshopper.

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