It happened again. Another handsome insect was found wedged deep inside of a head of romaine lettuce. I don't know how far these lettuces travel, or how long they spend in refrigeration before they are shuttled off and sold, but somehow, the trapped insects just roll with it.
This time it is a beautiful Painted Lady butterfly! It has quite a bit of wing damage and I am very surprised that she is alive and standing. I can't tell how many legs are still working.
I'm having difficulty with deciding what to do with it. I usually prefer to set bugs free once everyone is ready. Thing is, it's mid December, it's 4*C and it's raining - not butterfly weather! I haven't seen her successfully fly yet, either. She seems interested in the orange slices.
Once reaching the butterfly stage, these ladies only have a lifespan of about two weeks. Who knows how long Gary has been a butterfly? How long was she wedged in the lettuce? Where did that lettuce grow? How far did it travel? Is Gary male or female? Were any eggs laid? What is this bug's life story??
Spoiler alert, here's a preview of Sunday's art video!
Sometimes in craft stores you can find some intricately cut wood pieces to do with whatever you wish. Of course, when I went looking for them, the best I could find were these tag shapes.
As usual when I'm working on wooden objects, I like to start out with a barrier layer of matte varnish, and then with a bit of watercolour ground on top of that after it's dried. Both of these dry completely transparent (assuming the layers are thin), so the wood colour and grain still shows through.
I'm not a fan of holidays or other seasonal trends, so I didn't paint any snowflakes, or elves, or Santa Clauses. It's just not my thing at all. I put on random plants or patterns using watercolour, and then cutting out other painted creatures to glue to the front (and backs) of them.
The butterfly one was a bit different once I remembered that I got some small fabric doilies. That green tag was coloured with ink! I'd love to see how something like this would turn out on fancier, more decorative shapes.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?