Mexican Red Knee Tarantula by Pete Janes

Daniel Smith watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press. 1044 views as of April 2011.
The most popular species of Tarantula kept as pets, and one can see why: inquisitive, personable, powerful yet delicate. An excellent ambassador species to help us all rid ourselves of the fear of all things multi-limbed and exoskeletal. This piece was done as a pet portrait for a local teacher raising the spider among her charges.

Looking rather cool on a t-shirt or hoodie as well:

Organic produce slinger by day. Automatic Scribbler and Deliberate Renderer by night.

“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    ARRRGGGHHH!!!!! IT GIVES ME THE CREEPS! Not the sort of creature I want to get ‘up close’ too!!!! (But it is very beautiful)!

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS! This work has been featured in the ‘Art Up Close’ group

  • Diko
    Dikoover 5 years ago

    Hi Pete,
    Congratulation on your work being featured this week. I look forward to following your other works in the future.

  • Angela Palibrk
    Angela Palibrkover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured this week. I can feel it’s fussy little feet all over me. Very realistic. Well done.

  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesover 5 years ago

    Thank you all. I’ve been feeling a bit lonely in my own bubble, but I’m glad to have discovered Redbubble! Diko: really nice work, especially if you’ve only been painting for 14 months! Angela: also really nice work! I love painting flowers . . . have you ever noticed that capturing differences in skin tone is very similar to doing the same with flower petals? Always a challenge. I feel like I learn something new with each painting. Back to the drawing table!

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Extremely pleased to hear that we have made you happy Pete. Your work is phe…. phenoni….. phenommy – REALLY REALLY GOOD! Get back to that easel right now!!!!

  • Lynne Kells (earthangel)
    Lynne Kells (e...over 5 years ago

    Wow it looks like it is ready to jump through my computer! Your shadows and fine detail are incredible. I look forward to your florals if your spider is this good ( I much prefer flowers :) )

  • Thank you Earthangel! I’ve got a hard drive’s worth of flower photo reference from a very busy summer, so I’d better get busy!

    – Pete Janes

  • Marilyn Brown
    Marilyn Brownover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on coming in the top ten of the PiMT challenge

    Halloween Hair Raiser

    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

  • Yay! Thanks Rouble!

    – Pete Janes

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkover 5 years ago

    This looks like a Mexican Red Knee he looks like he’s been naughty and is looking up for sympathy haha love it :+)

  • Believe it or not, Alien, this was done as a commissioned “pet portrait”!

    – Pete Janes

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