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Fido-Hawaiian Cane Spider by Pete Janes

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Daniel Smith watercolor on Arches 140lb cold press.
This is a Hawaiian Cane Spider which came to me as a stowaway in a box of organic pineapples. She was tarantula-huge, but a relatively slow mover, so she was easy to handle and get into my “model box”. Once there, she proved adept at modeling, but it was a shot similar to this final pose that got me. Her eyes (all eight of them) were the most expressive I’ve ever seen on a spider.
This work has been featured in Art Up Close

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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    ROUBLE RUSTover 5 years ago

    Grrrrrr… I hate them. It’s my worse fear. sh… i..vers…..
    Great work tho, it is watercolour?

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 5 years ago

    Nice Pete! I love the background in this piece as it works great with your subject.

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Congratulations! This work has been featured in Art Up Close

  • Woo hoo! Thanks Lynda!

    – Pete Janes

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    She really gives me the creeps!!!! LOL!!!! But your work is just wonderful

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneover 5 years ago

    Great shot, I’m not usually scared of spiders but this one has the look. Tarantula size. OMG. Congratulations on being featured. Well deserved!!

  • Thank you very kindly, Anna!

    – Pete Janes

  • Carrie Jackson
    Carrie Jacksonover 5 years ago

    Oooh freaky…yet sooo cool! I love the colors and point of view you chose to create this work in. Great painting!

  • Thanks Carrie! When one of my subjects may or may not be venomous, I take extra precautions which often limit the best reference shots, but this one turned out well.

    – Pete Janes

  • MagsWilliamson
    MagsWilliamsonover 5 years ago

    Brilliant detail! I love the design of insects, not usually spiders to be honest (!) but this one has real personality! Loved reading your profile, fascinating stuff, my sister lives in Beaverton. Thanks so much for favouriting my Buzzard, I’m really honoured! Take care! :0)

  • Thank you very kindly, Mags. Indeed, Fido did have a great deal of personality, so much that after I was finished gathering reference, I kept her around for a while before bringing her up to the Portland Zoo.

    – Pete Janes

  • Blended
    Blendedalmost 5 years ago

    Spiders are not my favorite insect but this painting I adore. I like the choice of colour and this spider has almost a human quality.

  • I am glad you like it, Blended, and Fido’s “expression” was what I’d hoped to capture.

    – Pete Janes

  • Blended
    Blendedover 4 years ago

  • Thrilled! My first top ten! Thanks Blended!

    – Pete Janes

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done, very scary!

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