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Patrice’s drawing challenge: cocoon

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 πŸ˜€ ) 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.

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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.

Comments: 12

  • February 19, 2016

    I covet your rabbit covered casserole dish.

  • February 20, 2016

    how lovely to explore your cosy home, I feel the cocooning of it!
    x Stefanie

  • February 20, 2016

    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!
    πŸ™‚ mano

  • February 20, 2016

    ;^))) 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

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    February 20, 2016

    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

  • February 20, 2016

    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! πŸ™‚ N, x

  • February 21, 2016

    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.

  • February 21, 2016

    Wow, that’s a cool moth! Love it:) – eric

  • February 21, 2016

    you are so clever, so fun.
    yea to spring cleaning, such a good feeling. if only it would stay that way πŸ˜‰
    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.

  • February 22, 2016

    Dear Veronica,
    here I am to say Thank you for your kind Comment.
    And your Home is an Inspiration for me.
    Yours Lucia

  • February 22, 2016

    awesome … such a clever post and coccooooooon

  • February 22, 2016

    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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