I always seriously underestimate how long it takes me to paint something and this Cecropia moth is no exception! But I want to do an exceptional job on this painting. Well, I want to do well on every painting but this poor thing lives only a few days and during that time she can't eat or drink as she has no mouth. She must attract a mate quickly, have glorious (I fervently hope so anyway) sex then lay her eggs and die. She's a beautiful creature and I really feel I must give my utmost to honor her brief life.
Even with slow and steady, I probably could have had the painting finished by now but we had a gigantic wave of cucumbers and tomatoes ripen which I had to do something with. I froze the tomatoes, and made another jar of my favorite fermented pickles only this time I altered the recipe a bit.
Alas, I could've added a bit more garlic and dill and cut back just a fuzz on the whole black pepper corns. I like my heat to come from the cayenne pepper flakes and the taste of the black pepper is just a tad too strong in this batch. Getting something just right is a game of trial and error and this last jar of pickles isn't really all that bad - just not my idea of a perfect fermented pickle!
So, let me quote Scarlett O'Hara a bit and just say "Tomorrow's another day!" both for pickles and for painting!