A tarantula. So Archie was correct in guessing “front end of a very large spider.”
Probably a Texas Brown Tarantula (or maybe an Arizona Blonde. Yes, really!) Aphonopelma hentzi.
But I can’t be sure since I was not the intrepid hunter of the poor beast. (Can one call a spider a beast? Taxonomic trouble again!)
The picture I showed you in the previous post is a crop of a photo I took of The Man’s paper weight. He’s had this treasure for around 40 years.
And the reason it’s on the fuzzy side is that Mr or Mrs Spider is encased in perspex
I actually feel rather sorry for the poor thing; it looks awfully moth-eaten!
I just know someone’s going to ask what size it is! Hang on…
…I measured! From the tip of the back legs to the tip of the front legs is 10cms ( about 4″ to you folk over there who still use gallons!)
And, no, those are not fangs you see between the front pair of legs! Heaven forfend! They are the palps. If you’re really keen to know more about spider sex, read this. Or Go here for some interesting facts.
OK, all you arachnophobes, you can come out from wherever you hid. No more spiders today! Art-y things now…
Saw an exhibition of lovely (my opinion) drawings by this artist yesterday. I don’t use pastel or charcoal. And rarely pencil.Why? Because I get into such a dreadful mess. I get the wretched stuff all over everything. Not a good look if the finished work is on grotty, smudged paper!
But, y’know, I might just re-think my aversion after seeing yesterday’s treats.
One piece I particularly loved and I would have been sorely tempted to “bend my plastic” had it not been sold. Cecilie used ink and pastel on white paper and the more I looked, the more shades I could see. The ink may have been sepia-toned, or darker and the pastel was(it seemed) white through to cream tones. For someone whose own pallette tends toward the primaries, I was a little surprised to be so moved by the pastel tones.
So perhaps I’ll dig out some pastels and chalks and see if I can keep my paper clean… stop laughing!