Patrice’s drawing challenge: cocoon

February 19, 2016

Our dear Patrice called this week’s perfect drawing challenge: cocoon. That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling; all wrapped up in my home cocoon.

Wanting to cocoon and actually being able to are two separate things. I’ve had a lot of running all over town this week that is, so cocooning has only happened in little precious bits.

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One way I’ve been cocooning is painting in my Opus Art daily challenge sketchbook for an hour sometime between 6 and 8am, in bed, with copious cups of tea. (Evidence of creativity on my Instagram. Follow me, I’ll follow you back ๐Ÿ˜€ ) It’s so wonderful, and I’m so going to miss this challenge when it comes to a close at the end of February.

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That’s why I love drawing challenges so much. I love when someone instigates an idea and then everyone takes it on board and runs with it. Also, I think my craftsmanship has improved in just these last 19 days of daily painting.

sunny home

Another way I’ve been cocooning is making home a bit better, fresher, spring-like. Yesterday I took some of my beautiful ironstone and depression glass down from where I have it displayed on the open kitchen shelves and washed all the greasy feeling off. I love seeing my collections out in the open, but boy do the pieces ever collect the grime…especially in the shelves above the stove.

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But wait, this is a drawing challenge, so on with the actually realisation of cocoon.

I have a lot of nature books, field guides, beautiful vintage books, and a packed library…which needs spring cleaning.

In my library, somewhere behind the old Beverly Nichols and Evelyn Waughs, I’m sure there was an ancient book on cocoons. So this morning, I had it in mind to dig that book out and have a good read for some inspiration.

But when I moved the books aside, I discovered something peculiar. The cocoon has hatched into a moth!!!

Oh my goodness! Let’s put it under the magnifying glass.

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I do believe it’s a Vade Macum Vivia Fictionaria! Very rare indeed.

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How lucky are we to see this version of the very rare species of fiction moth? Very lucky indeed.

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Pop by Patrice’s this weekend to see more wonderful and rare examples of cocoons.

Art: A very broken cover from a 1857 novel by E. D. E. N. Southworth named Vivia, or the Secret of Power, a little bit of vintage silk sari, some silver thread.

Lunch at the river on a sunny day
Rainy days are perfect for baking banana bread

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  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks February 19, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I covet your rabbit covered casserole dish.

  • Reply Stefanie February 20, 2016 at 5:58 am

    how lovely to explore your cosy home, I feel the cocooning of it!
    x Stefanie
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  • Reply mano February 20, 2016 at 6:48 am

    ha ha, a very rare species of moth – i like it very much , it’s so superb!!
    the beautiful branches of wild cherry blossom grow in my garden too. but here they will bloom until the middle of march!
    ๐Ÿ™‚ mano
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  • Reply Patrice A. February 20, 2016 at 7:33 am

    ;^))) hihi! i love your rare species of moth
    that’s what i hope to bcome after the cocooning
    and thanks for showing us around
    your home looks like a fine cocoon to me

    thanks for joining and sharing dear Veronica

  • Reply b February 20, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Haha, your rare species of moth thats awesome and what a pretty thing that is!
    So you started with a little spring cleaning already and with the sunlight is looks so cosi and comfy, ready to curl up there.
    You are really busy with this daily drawing challenge and I wish I knew before it would something I would have loved to join in.
    But why not making up our own group, hopefully there will be a few to join us, and start with a march 30 days (31 days)
    drawing challenge?! Either with a theme for each day or whatever everyone likes? What do you think?
    xo Barbara bee

  • Reply Norma February 20, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Gosh I about had a heart attack! I thought you said that THIS drawing challenge was ending and I could not possibly believe that that was true and I imagined how heart rendering it would of been for Ariane to make this decision, etc. etc. and really started to feel very bad. But after a minute or two I got my wits about me and re-read what was written. Whew! I love your moth. The history it carries forth with its birth, the colours of it, the idea of it. Love this art so much. Beautiful Veronica! ๐Ÿ™‚ N, x

  • Reply tinyWOOLF February 21, 2016 at 12:50 am

    fiction moth! what are you like?
    i admire you for your life enthusiasm, i do. you make smile, and next i laugh out loud…
    thank you.
    oh, and “craftmanship has improved”? lady, you’re at the top already.
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  • Reply eric February 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Wow, that’s a cool moth! Love it:) – eric
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  • Reply Tammie February 21, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    you are so clever, so fun.
    yea to spring cleaning, such a good feeling. if only it would stay that way ๐Ÿ˜‰
    congrats on your daily art. i have been enjoying a face a day this month. I also like these challenges, unless for some reason life gets in the way.
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  • Reply Lucia February 22, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Dear Veronica,
    here I am to say Thank you for your kind Comment.
    And your Home is an Inspiration for me.
    Yours Lucia
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  • Reply daryledelstein February 22, 2016 at 4:39 am

    awesome … such a clever post and coccooooooon
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  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm February 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Love it! Just a wonderful post .. cocoon! And as always lovely to take a walk around your place. Ah, you are on instagram. Watch out for me I’m going to follow you post haste. Hugs

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