Friday, 31 August 2012

Moth and Eggs

I have been spending the last week gardening.  One day sunny,  and then one day raining, so just grab the fine days to get outside and tackle some of the jobs. I was cutting the ivy and guess what flew right in front of me.  It circled around and then settled right on the ivy and I shouted for my husband to get me a big glass jar to catch it in.   It was so beautiful and although I do not like to catch  butterflies or moths  I assure you it was set free again.  In my last post I showed you the same Magpie Moth, that one was found  dead.  It had its  wings closed and so I made a drawing of  the patterns on the underside of the wings.
see last post for drawing of this Magpie Moth
 I carefully placed  my new live moth into this little box and it was free to wander around and then I set about recording her beautiful patterns. I used a brown paper to show the white wings off and painted with a fine brush and my acrylic inks. You can see my progress as I painted the Moth.

 I sketched it in pencil and then put in the white markings and then added the black and orange patterns .  I was really pleased with the finished result and glad I used the brown background.   As I was painting my mind was comparing the spotted shapes with those I had seen on birds eggs.  That is what inspired me to paint the two eggs which belong to  the Curlew and Oyster catcher.  I am working on some other eggs as I enjoyed painting them.  As for the Magpie Moth, I opened the back door and set her free into the garden.
 There are several different versions of this moth over the years,  this one on the envelope was done about five years ago, it was interesting for me to compare and I think I have improved and also a reminder to paint more things on brown paper.
I also found an old  nest in the ivy,  we have had a blackbird family reared in our garden which has been lovely to watch.  We have also had so many colourful  butterflies coming to the buddleia bushes,  settling on the ground and soaking up the sunshine.  When you get closer their wings  look torn and faded,  the result of the weather I guess and of course it will soon be Autumn.
It will soon be time to shop for some new bulbs to plant in the garden, to flower next Spring.  Meanwhile lots of gardening to do, so many things catch my eye.  I see objects  I want to draw and  the red berries are attracting my attention,  one of my favourite drawing subjects.  Hope you like the moth and eggs.
Thank you for the lovely comments. Hope you all have a lovely weekend and some sunshine too.
Bye for now Milly x
*No Moths were harmed in the making of this blog........ I  promise.


Hindustanka said...

I love your attention for details! Such a precise work. Hope to see more of your drawings. I like how you draw plants:)

Sarah Morrish said...

Lovely to hear about the Magpie Moth Milly, and yes it looks great on the brown paper.
Nice to hear that someone else is fascinated by eggs too!

Melody said...

The Moth is beautiful against a brown back ground! Even on the envelope! A paper bag would be a good canvas too... :)))
Fascinating creatures all our little winged friends are. I hope you will do more eggs with an endless supply of speckley patterns on them ~ I think a nice soft blue egg would look delightful next to your red berries! Happy September :))))

Frances said...

What a beautiful model you found for this latest painting, Milly!

Using the brown paper was a very good way to begin. Thank you for allowing us to see the close-up view of your pencil drawing, with the first strokes of white paint. It really shows the magic that you create!

I'm also interested to see the comparison with the moth that "landed" on the brown envelope. The two paintings make a wonderful pair, and are enhanced by the ovals of the speckled eggs. Your paintings compose a serenely lovely still life.

Milly, I enjoyed reading about the birds nesting in the hedge, as well as your description of the state of the butterfly wings. Thank you for giving me this access to nature.

It's also fun to contemplate that it will soon be time for bulb planting.

Best wishes to you and yours, and regards to that elusive swan. xo

Susan Scheid said...

Remarkable how you were able to do that with a live moth. Beautiful creature, and gorgeous painting (as always with you)!

Windsongs and Wordhoards said...

Beautiful paintings...I like the brown paper with the white ink,the eggs are wonderful too...
Glad you've been able to get outside between the rains to make the most of it - what a wet summer its been!

Debbie Nolan said...

Milly your moth is wonderful...great idea to place your drawing on brown paper. Your drawings always inspire me. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week-end.

Diana said...

So beautiful, Milly, you have a kind heart. love this painting of your moth and egg..and makes me smile about not harming the moth.. I don't either. take care, love,Diana