An Insect's View, details in nature, Large beautiful moth in costa rica, Large beautiful moth in Ecuador, Painting butterflies and moths in watercolor, Painting Flowers in Watercolor, silkmoth, Timeout for Art
“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” – Henry David Thoreau
One of September’s Timeout for Art posts (Find the Pot of Gold) tapped into the above quote, and hopefully many of you were able to “slow down and inspect what’s lurking nearby.”
This past week presented many opportunities to take an insect’s view of nature, and I never regret time spent at eye level and absorbing those details.
Years ago in Costa Rica , I first saw this amazing species of silkmoth (below) while visiting a friend in the higher elevations of the Nicoya Peninsula. The moth looked as if it had been specifically designed to match Cis’s shirt!
This past month in Mindo Ecuador, I again appreciated this unique beauty when it basked beneath the soft light near the kitchen door.
About a week later, perhaps the same one found its way upstairs and visited while I painted.
It vanished in the daytime and returned the following night. (I gave it a few drops of water!) Obviously on its last days or hours, it moved very little but stayed near until it died.
The next day, I enjoyed capturing its likeness in watercolor.
Here’s a thumbnail recap of my insect’s view of nature from the past few weeks. Believe it or not, adding shadows (right column) takes a lot of time!
Take time to inspect those fine details of nature! The longer you study the details, the more details you’ll discover!