Today we were out hiking in the snow with friends and a pack of dogs. No time to stop to paint, so I plundered my daughters toys for today’s subject.
Auguste, Dog #63 – 1001dogs.tumblr.com
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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.
The natural world is amazing. So many varieties, especially in the insect world. One of my friends suggested I paint a spider. Nope Nope Nope.
A spectacular moth, “Merveille du Jour” is a perfect name – marvel of the day. Common to England and Wales (sometimes Scotland) with distinctive markings. They look almost marbled!
Oops I did it again – I signed up for another painting Challenge. Considering the chaos of my daily life, I am really not sure how I will do it, but, that’s the challenge of it, eh?
I realized today that I have been participating in these daily painting challenges for about a decade now. A decade! I first started out with the Forgotten Works Challenge in Seattle, and brought the concept with me to Idaho when I moved there in 2011.
My Theme this challenge – Moths on Patterned Backgrounds. Please follow along, either here, on my blog, or on my FB/Instagram Pages (@DanaAldisStudio) or on the blog Leslie set up for the Challenge (under my Space Invaders promo)