We are having cool evenings now. It is the subtle way that Autumn approaches us here in Southern California. But it is very welcome.

I don’t have too much to share, but I wanted to join in on the insect theme at Mullerin Art. I came across this praying mantis in the rose bushes at my mom’s house.

Quite some time ago I made some hand carved stamps of butterflies and used them in a mixed media piece.

When I think of insects, my mind doesn’t include butterflies in with the crawly insect types. But in going through an old children’s dictionary, I came across this group under “insects.”

Today I got the stamps out and arranged them in more of a pattern, since they should be in such a format for the Mullerin Art blog theme. I stamped them onto a vintage garden magazine from 1949.

I am always so impressed by the pattern making of other creative participants at the blog site. I have not yet acquired those skills.

This beautiful stamp came on something I received in the mail recently.

Finally, I can’t ever think about insects without thinking of the story “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka. It is about a man who wakes up one morning and finds that he has turned into an insect. I read it many years ago, but I might have to read it again after all this thinking about insects.

That’s all for now.




5 thoughts on “Insects

  1. You must have been looking very close at the rosebush
    to see the praying mantis. I saw a dragonfly when I was walking recently,
    I think it was by the beach,

    We read the “Metamorphosis” in my first year of junior college in English. I remember thinking how weird that story was. It was like a nightmare,

  2. Nice, to meet you again at Patterns Wednesday with your fine stamped butterflies.
    Oh, I’m a butterfly-lover too and love to take photos of them and discover new ones. On your postage stamp there is my favorite, here he is called ‘Bläuling’!
    … but ‘praying mantis’ do not live in our areas, it looks very exotic!
    Regards Ulrike

  3. I love what you did with the stamps. I have never tried linoleum stamping – something that sounds kind of interesting to get into, hmm.. And never heard of mullerin art – will have to check that out. I like the preying mantis photo. I have some in my files that I took years ago and still love to look at. We are getting cold in the mountains and I just read that above 7000 feet (about Big Bear and Green valley Lake) there could be a dusting of snow – it seems so early. Glad you posted. I think it was just yesterday i stopped by to see if there was something new here. Have a great autumn!

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