Sunday, January 23, 2011

Webs Amongst the Sedges... and Connectivity






I started a painting yesterday afternoon but really didn't get any color on it until after dark.  I took it to a stopping point and then laid my brushes down three to four hours earlier than I typically would in the course of a painting session.  I thought I should hold off on my next steps until I had a chance to view the painting in the light of day.

Alas, today dawned shrouded in a heavy fog, and although the fog has since diminished, everything is still bathed in grey light.  I have yet to resume painting, but while making a couple of quick trips up and down my steep driveway, I happened to notice these delicate, intricate, misty spiderwebs laced throughout the sedges in the bioswale that we designed to reduce storm runoff into the nearby creek.    I had never seen such webs there before.  Granted, the sedges have recently been trimmed to about 4" in length, rather than their typical 24". That being the case, I wondered aloud to my husband, "Do you think they're always there, deep in the shadows of the sedges, or do you suppose they're there now because the sedges have been trimmed?"  His guess was the latter; the thought being that more light at the ground plane of the bioswale probably increased insect activity in the habitat, creating a heyday for the spiders.   Regardless, the point is that I almost missed seeing them, in all of their misty blue subtlety. 

While photographing them, I couldn't help but think of all of the intricate webs of connectivity that are developing amongst artists from around the world through the greater worldwide web of the Internet.  Such a wonderful happening.....


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6 comments:

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

hi there; these webs look like some form of filigree mohair creation, they are so fragile and beautiful; enjoy your weekend...

annamaria said...

I really treasure this connectivity too- the webs of communication and information- possibly just as fragile as these webs, but also very beautiful in theIR own way- have a great, productive day- hope the painting looks good in more light!

Mary Zeran said...

Wonderful. So many times, I have to stop mid work because lighting or something else. It is better than doing something you regret later. Nice to see the little things! and I agree the web that binds us all is a special thing.

Michelle Brunner said...

Can't wait to see your painting! I agree that it is best to wait until you have good lighting before proceeding. I have ruined some of my artworks due to my impatience! Cool spider web pictures! They are so intricate and delicate looking...such lovely patterns!

Laura said...

what a insightful and thoughtful post. thank you for sharing your musings. i too treasure the connectivity. good luck with the painting!

holly aka golly said...

the webs are fantastic! I really need daylight to paint too and also have to stop when the light is dim and dark. I marvel at those who can work at night.