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The Gold Bug – Poe

Hi, long time no blog!

I had picked up a small( 10×10 cm) wooden panel from my local art store a while back to experiment a little. It has a very smooth surface and I was curious how this would affect my painting.
I chose the short story The Gold Bug by Poe as a subject.
The text says:
“Nonsense! no! — the bug. It is of a brilliant gold color — about the size of a large hickory-nut — with two jet black spots near one extremity of the back, and another, somewhat longer, at the other. The antennæ are” —

And that’s about all that is said about the appearance of the bug. Plenty of room for interpretation.

I like how my bug turned out but I do know that next time if I want to paint a dark skinned hand I’m not using my own as reference. Getting the colour and light right on the hand was difficult and I feel I could have done a better job. Which is why I experiment! The smooth surface of the panel was nice to work with for me though I could use some more practise. I can definitely see the benefits of it for certain subjects.

For those who would like a little bit more info:
straight from Wikipedia
“The Gold-Bug” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears Legrand is going insane and goes to Legrand’s friend, an unnamed narrator who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two into an adventure after deciphering a secret message that will lead to a buried treasure.

The click beetle Alaus oculatus, along with a longhorn beetle, inspired the fictional “gold-bug” of Poe’s tale.
You can read the entire story here

What was to be the shades

For illustration Friday. Different shades of green on a fan.
I keep getting ideas for IF that would take me much more than a week to finish. So they go on the todo list.

I’m rapidly running out of things to paint on, this is on a page from a moleskin sketchbook I have lying around and never ever use. I want to save the bigger format paper for some other things so until I can afford to buy some more I’m going to have to get inventive!


metallic spider

Acrylic on 10 x 7inch paper

For Illustration Friday – Suspense

Acrylic on 10x 7 paper

One thing I’m supposed to be able to do well is metallic surfaces but during this picture and another one I’m working on I found out I completely forgot how to do it. While doing this one some of it came back to me thankfully but I think I’m going to do some more metallic critters to get that back.