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05-24-2019, 05:16 PM
It feels like a long time since I posted anything in here! Here's something I finally got finished at the start of the week.

It's from a photo I took several years ago. The spider was abseiling down the side of my van and the strong sunlight make a great shadow. I took a few photos of him and this is the third painting I've done.

I started with the stippling in ink and then went over with a few glazes in watercolour. The legs were tricky to paint. It's size A4 on Arches hot press (my current favourite paper).

Pen used: XS-size Pitt Pen; Colours: Burnt sienna, raw umber, yellow ochre, ultramarine blue.

Thanks for looking, C&C welcome :)


05-24-2019, 09:45 PM
Wow! I never thought a spider could be so elegant and beautiful in a painting. Spectacular realism, Kay! I love the shadow. The spider, too, is just outstanding. You've made a creature often thought of as revolting into a very pretty work of art. Bravo! :clap:

05-24-2019, 11:09 PM
I think this is your best work ever! An amazing and unlikely subject that you've taken to a higher level. Fantastic!

05-24-2019, 11:26 PM
Great work, Kay!

05-25-2019, 01:59 AM
It is beautiful.

05-25-2019, 03:30 AM
Beautiful work, excellent composition.


05-25-2019, 08:53 AM
Jenna, Kay, Christel, Penny and Doug - thank you so much for your kind comments. :)

chammi kaiser
05-27-2019, 04:10 AM
Wow, Kay, this is absolutely beautiful. So delicate and yet dynamic.:clap: :clap: :clap:

05-27-2019, 05:13 AM
Many thanks Chammi :)

05-27-2019, 05:32 AM
great piece... Looks beautiful :)

05-27-2019, 07:02 AM
Thank you Federico :)

Vivien Maloney
05-28-2019, 10:44 PM
Kay - This is awesome! It's beauty is in the simplicity of design with the spider's shadow, and you've given the spider such elegance!
You've taken this painting of a spider to a higher level!" Well done! :clap:

05-30-2019, 02:28 AM
Many thanks Viv. :)

05-31-2019, 12:04 AM
This is very cool! I like spiders - not crawling on me but I feel they are always misjudged. People are happy for butterflies to land on them because of their pretty wings, but take the wings away and its still a creature with many legs like a spider. Funny how we perceive things. Well done!

05-31-2019, 02:13 AM
Thanks Holley. I find spiders fascinating. I've never understood why so many people don't like them :)

05-31-2019, 04:45 PM
Very beautiful.

05-31-2019, 07:08 PM
Thank you Ginny :)

Yvonne Keogh
06-01-2019, 10:27 PM

06-04-2019, 08:42 AM
Thank you Yvonne :)

06-09-2019, 05:21 PM
nice job Kay! Your painting immediately triggered a creep response, so that is testament to it's veracity! The starkness of dark on white with that strong shadow was a wise choice.

06-10-2019, 01:40 AM
Thank you! :)

06-10-2019, 01:35 PM
Lovely spider, I love all insects:cat:

06-10-2019, 03:40 PM
I love it so cool.

06-13-2019, 04:36 PM
Thank you, Lisa and Anthony :)