Painting Dragonflies: Dragonfly Lore for Artists

People love dragonflies. They love to paint them, wear clothing with them printed on, hang them in their homes as inspirational art or simply watch them flying around.

Why is this so? Well, to quote another writer on the internet “In almost every part of the world, the Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization.”1

The dragonfly flies only for a fraction of its life.  This symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living in the moment and living life to the fullest. The dragonfly is a symbol of self that comes with maturity. They symbolize going past self-created illusions that limit our growth and ability to change. The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity.

So now you know why Dragonflies are so popular, here are five videos which explore how to paint these fascinating creatures in exciting and rewarding ways.

How to Paint Abstract Dragonflies – Loose Watercolor Tutorial 

This most recent tutorial shows three dragonflies painted in watercolour with a watercolour pencil highlight effect, on a prepared loose watercolour background.

How to Paint a Five Minute Watercolor Dragonfly

This tutorial gives you a FREE sketch download and a detailed description of how to paint this beautiful simple abstract dragonfly. 

How to Paint a Watercolor Dragonfly – Easy Beginners Real Time Step by Step Painting Art Tutorial

This dragonfly is done in sepia pen and ink with wash. The three dragonflies combine to make a beautiful pattern on the paper.


This dragonfly is done in ink on a preprepared loose watercolor background, with the background showing through to give extra transluscence.

DRAGONFLY in Watercolour easy tutorial with butterflies

This dragonfly is painted in watercolour on a spatter background, accompanied by loose butterflies and is done in springtime colours.

Need even more dragonflies?

Here’s a playlist on my YouTube channel, dedicated entirely to Dragonfly tutorials:

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Happy Painting!


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