9/24 – Oleander Hawk Moth

Artwork, September 2017

9/24 – Oleander Hawk Moth, 6×6 acrylics on paper

I love the common name of this moth. Oleander reminds me of a Southern ghost story, of a servant slave girl who tried to come back to favor to her owners by baking a cake for the children (and their mother). She added oleander leaves into the cake mix to make them sick so that she could nurse them back to health, but tragically added too much, and poisoned them instead. The ghost of the servant girl, and the children, are said to haunt the plantation.

9/16 – Lily Moth, Polytela Gloriosae

Artwork, September 2017

9/16 – Lily Moth, Polytela Gloriosae

Again, names are marvelous. These delicate insects are so varied in colors and patterns – this one looks like a deep blue persian carpet.

Painting #17 & #18 will drop tomorrow. I participated in a paintout in Bellingham, WA this weekend. Trish Harding (Trish Harding School of Art) organized a fun, two day event. We painted along Holly St in the quaint historic downtown area. The weather was marvelous on Saturday, and Sunday the rains waited until the afternoon to arrive. There was a touch of smoke in the air, but otherwise, good painting weather. I painted (2) 6x12s and (3) 4x5s. Maybe a couple might actually be good.