It's cicada season in Maryland, and the sound of their rattle makes me feel like I'm home, wherever I hear it. This year, the 17-year cicadas are out, and the sound is deafening. They are the kings of summer, leaving their perfect shells behind like so many relics of kings of old.
"The King of Summer" Jessica Boehman, Summer 2020, mixed media.
"Diogmites Neoternatus (robber fly)" Digital drawing.
A robber fly that I found in my parents' backyard in Maryland. They hang by the foreleg as they consume their prey: other insects.
I was thinking recently about the nature of unconditional love, and I thought of Prince Lir from Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. He's a bit of an unsung character in the book, but one of my favorites as he grows into a man due to love.
"I saw that she was something more than what I could see. Unicorn, mermaid, lamia, sorceress, Gorgon--no name you could give her would surprise me, or frighten me. I love whom I love."
"Lir and the Unicorn" by Jessica Boehman. Colored pencil, pencil, and digital. July 2020.
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