About 8 years ago on a beautiful morning I noticed a wonderful moth on one of our house windows. It just stayed there-hardly moving its wings. Of course I took a zillion photos, and thankfully-saved them on a disk. I'm so glad I have tons of my old photos to paint from. I actually much prefer to paint from photos than 'real life.' I think photos flatten out the scene for me and even when there's a lot going on in the photo-it's still less than in real life-where I feel distracted by details that might not even make it into the painting!
I was happy with a few things here-happy with the reflection of this moth in the window, and happy with the wood just under the moth.
I think I learned a lot. It took about 50 hours. There's lots of layers of paint!
My support for the painting is an American Easel cradled birch gesso panel, 6"x8" using soft body acrylics. These are wonderful to paint on-lovely to look at unpainted-with a deep solid wood cradle-doesn't need a frame, and you can just hang it from a nail on your wall.
More about the moth-it's a female Promethea moth. National Geographic Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders says the caterpillars feed on spicebush, wild cherry, and sassafras, and other trees and bushes.
While I was taking the moth's picture, the male flew in and was with her for hours. I noticed one of them sprayed something on the wood. Must have been the female, to attract the male. The male looks nothing like the female! They look like they must not be related at all. Perhaps I will paint his portrait too.
Thank You, thank You God for giving me this love for painting, and for helping me when I was at my wit's end about certain parts of this painting.
Just an odd P.S.-since the photo was taken-we had the house sided and replaced all the windows. I love the new windows for their air-tightness and ease of cleaning-but I miss that old worn out look!
(please be kind, and do not copy my art or photos without asking. It's the right thing to do-to ask)