oil on canvas
16” x 20” (professionally framed)
Finding a luna moth when we were kids was always an exciting event. We were accustomed to seeing the usual array of butterflies but a luna certainly did not fit into that category. Not only were their colorings extraordinary, they were like Goliath. I cannot look at this painting without feeling some of that wonder and awe at how amazing they are. We would usually find them on the side of a building, typically something with a rough texture. They would hang motionless, as if dead.
I textured this canvas with thick applications of oil paint and let it dry for a good six months or more. The rusted, weathered coloring of the background fell into place quickly but the moth was another story. This is my favorite oil painting (so far).
This original piece is available and, as always, feedback is appreciated.