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Barbara Art
11-21-2007, 09:33 PM
Finally, I have something Southwestern to post here! It's a bit out of place in with all the good wishes for a happy Thanksgiving (though I wish everyone that, too).
It's a 6" x 8" woodcut on banana paper. I did a drawing from a photo a friend took in the Nevada desert, transferred it to shina plywood and printed it in oil-based ink. Watercolor was added to the tarantula's body to approximate the color. I've seen lots of these huge spiders, but never a "wild" one. It's probably just as well!

11-21-2007, 10:03 PM
This is very striking! Tarantulas are not aggressive and can be tamed. I've known them to come to a name even. They can live 30 years and actually make interesting pets. If holding one be protective of the body. these big hairy fellows break easily, especially if dropped.

11-22-2007, 04:08 AM
Yep - my ex had a mexican red - beautiful hairy spider.... loved watching it do the lazy way of getting her supper of crickets - raise herself and let them crawl under her, then drop and consume them......:eek::evil:

Diane Cutter
11-22-2007, 11:18 AM
It's a great piece, Barbara... I love the strong shadows, which really help highlight the spider...


11-27-2007, 01:32 PM
Barbara, I love tarantulas, and you did a great job on this one. A friend of mine had one that would sit on your shoulder and pet your face with one leg. They are special creatures.

Barbara Art
11-29-2007, 08:18 PM
Thanks for your comments, folks. I'd heard that tarantulas were friendly and make good pets, but somehow I can't picture letting one pet my face, Charissa! :eek: Also, Trilby, I had no idea they lived that long. Yow! Smart, too, apparently (Robert's cricket story says it all). Diane, I liked the shadows, too; I think that's what drew me to want to do a woodcut of the image in the first place.