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PostSubject: Cecropia Moth   Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:19 am

I just finished this (well, pretty much finished) for an upcoming wildlife society show. It's a Cecropia moth and these moths have a very fascinating life - at least to me.

They hatch, spend about a year going through various stages of caterpillar until they finally emerge as this huge, colorful moth. They have no mouth in the moth stage so cannot eat or drink. They now live only to breed and start the cycle all over again and the moth stage only lasts for a couple of weeks at most.

Isn't that sort of sad?

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:21 am



C&C always welcome
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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:39 pm

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This one is a beauty… Smile Awesome! (and a biology lesson as well.. bonus!) Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:13 am

Thanks, Faisal. A friend found this moth and it was so beautiful I had to paint her, especially after I learned her history. Every painting needs a good story, doesn't it?

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:24 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:49 am

How beautiful and fascinating. I know it will be enjoyed at the wildlife show.

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:48 am

Gorgeous painting, Jan. The colours are vivid, and I like the 'upward movement' positioning of the moth. Stories DO help. Sad that the moth gets only as far in life as it can without eating in its latter stage. Looking forward to seeing your next painting!

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:56 pm

Thanks Judy and Alan. I'm still debating whether to enter it into the show or not. I ended up dinging one corner (it's hardboard/Masonite) and although I fixed it pretty well, I'm so much of a perfectionist that I don't want it in my first show with the Society! My husband says he can't tell it's there but he hates it when I get so picky and is probably just trying to reassure me so I'll take it. I have until the end of the month to decide. It's on a cradle so the corner isn't covered by a frame or anything.

As far as the moth story goes, I have a friend who says that after a year of either being a worm or cooped up in a cocoon then not being able to enjoy food or water after finally becoming a moth, the sex ought to be sensational for sure!
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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:19 pm

Jan: I would say 'go for it', show it! And keep painting, so at the next show you will have new work!

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:40 am

I agree with Alan. Only we see our flaws in the painting because we put them under a microscope. Probably no one will even notice because they'll be drown to the beauty of the moth.

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PostSubject: Re: Cecropia Moth   Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:43 pm

Thanks both of you. Normally I would agree but since this is my first show with them, I want to put my best foot forward.

I'm working on another one which I'll post in the Traditional Oil forum. It's finished but still "simmering" in case I want to change something. I'd appreciate you all looking at it and giving your opinion on which one I should take.
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