Thursday, July 14, 2011
I selected a licheny maple log from the stack of firewood in the building in which all of us are working (40 specialists and students altogether, but not all at once). I stuck the pin into the lichen, and the moth nearly disappeared into the zig-zaggy pattern! The moth in my painting is almost twice life-size, as I peer through a magnifier to get its zigzags right.
Fred, Sophie and I are the last ones remaining after everyone else has packed up their temporary labs and departed to other parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and even a few back across the US border. Our delay is the completion of this painting, and I'm slow because I'm tired. I've been very active as the 'slug expert', as well as producing 5 oil paintings and three watercolours over the course of this two week all-taxon survey. I've been picking up all kinds of knowledge from the micologists, the entomologists, the botanists, and mammalogists - and everybody brought slugs back to me from their excursions!