I have to be honest, I think scorpions are creepy. I’d rather paint another bird, but how could I leave out this notorious little guy from my series of Southwest Animals paintings? Not only are scorpions said to be 400 million years old, but there are 30 different species living in Arizona. With my kitty helper, Levi, I worked hard to get over the creep factor and paint a scorpion to be proud of.

My cat Levi helping me paint
Levi sits on top of my chair as I paint - He's only stepped in my paint once..;)

Here’s how I painted a scorpion, start to finish!

Step 1: I painted the background a purple hue to be consistent with the 18 southwest animals I’ve already created. You can see all of the paintings here.

Then I loosely sketched the body shape of the scorpion with a lighter color.

Scorpion Painting by Julie Originals - Step 1
Step 1 of Painting a Scorpion

Step 2: I filled in the shape of the scorpion and added more detail to it’s tail and lobster-like arms.

Scorpion Painting by Julie Originals - Step 2
Step 2 of Painting a Scorpion

Step 3: Using bright orange and yellow/orange acrylic paint, I filled the body with these new fun colors.

Scorpion Painting by Julie Originals - Step 3
Step 3 of Painting a Scorpion

Step 4: Using an almost white/yellow, I added highlights to the shell to make the scorpion appear more dimensional.

Scorpion Painting by Julie Originals - Step 4
Step 4 of Painting a Scorpion

 Step 5: During this step, I created the Julie Originals signature texture in the background. You can see this in the Roadrunner painting also.

I mixed the paint to create a dark red brown hue and added this shade to the scorpions back and tail.

Scorpion Painting by Julie Originals - Step 5
Step 5 of Painting a Scorpion

Step 6: I continued to work on layering the background, while at the same time defining the edges of the scorpion.

Scorpion Painting by Julie Originals - Step 6
Step 6 of Painting a Scorpion

Step 7: I wasn’t happy with the dark purple behind the scorpion, so I decided to change the whole background. I thought blue would be complementary to the orange scorpion, but help lighten up the vibe of the painting.

I added some white highlights to the scorpion’s shell. At this point, I felt like it was time to stop.

Scorpion Painting by Julie Originals - Step 7
Final Step of Painting a Scorpion

Since painting this scorpion, I think I am a little less creeped out and might consider hanging this one up at home…but maybe not in the bathroom!

Would you hang this scorpion in your house?

If you’d like to bring one home – prints of the scorpion are available for purchase on my website here.

Matted prints for $25 and framed prints for $50. (s/h not included)

 

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