I've never been the stereotypic female that screams at the sight of rodents or creatures with six or eight legs. I've been known to actually take a spider out of the house and release him to live a better life in the great outdoors. I recall once amidst the screams of my co-workers I was asked to crawl under the desk to check the recently sprung mouse trap only to find the poor creature alive and only trapped by a small portion of the leg. I dawned gloves and took the trap and all in my car to the desert to release the terrified mouse.
There have only been a few times that I have locked my keys in the car and one of those times involved seeing a large praying mantis on a bush as I drove into a parking spot at the Costco. I was so excited to examine the insect closer that I temporarily lost all sense and closed my car door with my keys lying in the seat.
It is no wonder that when I saw a photo by photographer Nina Schultz of Bisbee, Arizona of a gorgeous praying mantis atop a bush of massive white blooms I just knew this would be a painting I would like to try.
Here you can see my work in progress....still needing to add the final highlights. When it's finished a high resolution photo will be taken and he will be available on my website at www.julietownsendstudio.com.