14″ x 11″
Uart 600 paper
The reference photo for this painting has quite a funny history. I took it back in 2009. Found this wooly ‘pillar on our deck and took a photo. Then uploaded it onto Project Noah, a fabulous website where you can get help IDing critters and plants you find. This guy is a Laughter caterpillar.
Well, through that website, a journalist in the UK contacted me in 2013 wanting to do a short lifestyle piece since this caterpillar had been compared to Einstein.
Two years later, in 2015, I painted it and submitted to CALs Interpretations art show. This show pairs a writer with a visual artist. Each does a second piece inspired by the other’s first. This is where the history turns a bit sad.
I was paired with Mary Fussel who wrote a wonderful poem inspired by my painting. Sadly, Mary passed away before I got to meet her. This article in the Columbia Tribune about the show mentions her, my painting and lists the poem. I’ll quote it below:
“Floating” she wrote, “lofty, softly / traversing inside my / silky orb, searching for the safety / of a / trusted friend I spy the debris / of battles, tears veiled in / the terrain far / below.”