I love the sharp lines and solid design of the red back spider, or black widow.   The overall form is elegant...mind you when they are in the backyard or hiding in the hose reel, I just see a yuck spider that will soon come to its demise ;|

I decided to use this subject matter of a red back spider for a porcelain project.  Rather than painting it in lustres, I wanted to try give it more shape and substance, so this painting was a trial or test piece.  I used raised paste and burnishing gold, marking the red spot with red lustre.  The background is dark blue and carmine red lustre, with platinum webs.  I like this piece, the porcelain box is 8.5cm x 4cm, so the overall design is small.   I'm thinking of trying another design with spiders, but on plates.

Red back spider on porcelain, Ingrid Lee

Red back spider on porcelain, Ingrid Lee


Red back spider on porcelain, Ingrid Lee, modern porcelain


Other spiders I'm thinking of designing with are orb spiders or weaver spiders, they are particularly stunning, including their webs, body colours and patterns.


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  1. [...] porcelain piece on spiders.  I have two project pieces in mind for porcelain at the moment, one is the spider one I was planning a little while back, and the other will be to use the design I ditched for Funny Valentine.  Here’s the photo [...]

  2. July 13, 2011 -

    Very handsome painting on porcelain.

  3. Wilma Leighton
    July 5, 2011 -

    Wonderful idea using a poisonous creature for such a beautiful creation. Your imagination and talent just never seems to stop. Thanks for sharing.

    • July 6, 2011 -

      Hi Wilma, thanks for your comments...I can't wait to try the other spiders :)

  4. July 5, 2011 -

    Love this study! Great work Ingrid and thanks for sharing.

    • July 5, 2011 -

      Hi Mary Lou, thanks for visiting...glad you enjoyed the piece :)

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