Friday, April 23, 2010

Beauty & The Beast

This exotic yellow Cattleya Orchid is the subject of this 12 x 12 inch canvas. Orchids are among the most beautiful of all flowers with their variety of color, shapes and alluring aroma. One cannot help but to lean into the heart of the flower and take in the hypnotic perfume to complete the experience. But we are not the only ones to find the blossom irresistible. Lurking within the beauty is a beast so horrific that most humans would scream in terror scampering to escape its jaws of doom. You wouldn't want to cross paths with this guy. He is as dangerous as the flower itself! In this case the "beast" or monster is the harmless Papua, New Guinea Jumping Spider the size of your pinky finger nail waiting to pounce on its prey. I thought it would be fun to pair one of the most beautiful elements of nature with one of the most feared. I, myself, don't like the thought of being surprised by a spider and the thought of one crawling on me simply just creeps me out which is why I chose my little friend to share in the spot light of "Beauty & The Beast"


Kim Ensch said...

Love the spider Tim!

Karen said...

I can almost smell the fragrance of the orchid in your painting! Beautiful work!