The cicadas are here in huge numbers, filling the trees with their deafening songs. These swarms of large insects appear every 17 years here in the Hudson Valley.
Of course I didn't want to let this rare opportunity pass without painting a portrait from life in my sketchbook. As you can see in the video (Direct link to vid), I wasn't sure if he was likely to hold still.
I liked the way the paint handled for opacity and for the fine details of the wings. When I decided late in the game to add the larval case in the upper left, I used the white to put down a light base tone.
More info about my tools:
Richeson / Shiva casein
Richeson's FAQ about casein
Quiller water media brush, Series 7000 Round 6
Quiller flat brush Size 1/2 inch
Moleskine watercolor notebook
Waterman Phileas red fountain pen
For the pochade rig, I would probably use Southco Inc SC-773 Adjustable Hinge rather than the ones I'm using.