Friday, October 20, 2006

Unidentified Beetle


Unidentified Beetle
Oil on gessoed board
Oct 18, 06
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I found this empty beetle casing (where did it go..???), on my walk along the beach. It was quite strange eyeballing it closely to paint! The last time I attempted to paint bugs would have been about 25 years ago when I did a large painting of house flies. In those days I painted small things on a larger-than-life scale. Now I paint more on a one-to-one scale, but the paintings are "bigger". When I photographed this painting it occurred to me that it seemed like the bug was trapped in the wet paint.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:48 am

    Wow, awesome, scary, very real!

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  2. I like that one a lot! How big is it?

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  3. awful simple, awful good.

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  4. Thanks all! Sorry I forgot to put dimensions for this one. It's 75x80mm. Quite small - I wanted to paint the bug life size. Quite a challenge in sticky oil paint!

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