It was years ago in the summer vacation place, one of my aunties and I don’t remember if it was Harriet or Ann, set the challenge of painting rocks in water. I’ve made a few attempts at watercolors, and to be honest I’m always startled if they even somewhat work out.
This one is from a photo. I was noodling around the shoreline in a kayak and saw a spider as big as my hand sitting on top of the water. I tried to sidle up to it close enough to get a photo with my phone, but it skittered away into this retreat. I took the photo of its lair, and never realized until I looked at it on a bigger computer screen that I’d captured the tracery of its web.
I had a long wait for supper this evening, at the opening of Cocina Lupita,a food truck run by an El Salvadoran family that has long staffed the kitchen of the restaurant where I work. It was wonderful to watch parents and kids eating, playing, and working together in the warmth of a long summer evening. It brought life to the parking lot of Wilson’s department store, which closed over a year ago and has stood huge and empty ever since. Here was a bright spark of community coming into life.
I know you’ve seen the Peacocktopus before, but I’m working out the design to transfer to a cabana door for my friend Jai. It needs some more work on the color and layout, but this exercise helped persuade me I can replicate it large scale.