Walking around with your eyes on the ground has its perks. I recently picked up a freshly dead cicada and marveled at his colors. His wing membranes glisten and shine like prisms or crystal facets-- but so fragilely. I tried to catch the color, but couldn't. He's grey and powdery white and an incredible olive and he looks like someone dusted him with gold dust-- that I was able to catch.
I've had dead cicadas before-- picking up pretty things is one of my peculiarities-- but this one's the most beautiful specimen I've ever come across. Not that everyone appreciates things like that, to my chagrin. It's a delight when someone can see what you see, not a delight when they refuse to even try to see the beauty in everyday things. I guess it is an oddish place, but most artists won't see it that way, I think.
I'd love to do something with him, but can't think of a thing that would stabilize his fragile wings enough. If anyone has a suggestion, I'm all ears.
As I wrote this I realized just how much of an inspiration he's been. Check out the colors in two of the pieces I made this week-- the olive tree necklace and the swamp thing necklace-- and my latest treasury.
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