Thursday, August 4, 2011

Creatures: The Moth

The second in my series of watercolour paintings depicting the creatures my Dad finds around his property is a moth. I loved the texture of this insect and knew it would make a challenging but nice painting. This time I also took a couple of work-in-progress shots, which are a rarity for me.

Background complete and the pencil lines of the moth are still visible.

Nearly done (see, told you I was terrible at WIP pictures)


I'm really happy with how this painting turned out. I took my time and studied the picture, layered the lighter shades of colour on then went back several times to add the stipple in shades of grey. There is a small Fall Fair in town and I think I might enter this little piece into their watercolour category.

Dad's original photograph. The moth was hiding in a dark corner of his fence.

A few more creatures wound up in my inbox the other day. A spider and an amazing close-up of a fly! I'm so excited to paint both of them. They'll also be a challenge, but it's incredibly rewarding to push myself to slow down, plan ahead and study the subject matter.

... J


  1. I do love moths!! I got a new picture of a moth too when I was camping last...they are amazing creatures...guardians of knowledge...

  2. I saw the picture of the one that posed so nicely for you on your hand. It must have been a friendly moth.

  3. Moths are really special creatures! Did you know that there are moths in South America that have poisonous fuzz? It won't kill you, but it's a nasty rash!

  4. I had no idea about those stealthy, poisonous moths. Very neat!


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