It’s back to crawling things for today’s #NatureDoodlewash and so we have this jumping spider that climbed out of my sketchbook. That didn’t actually happen, of course, as I wouldn’t be able to type this now if it had. But while searching for references, I happened across this odd little spider and decided to doodlewash him. Truth be told, my friend Teresa recently made a comment implying it was good my flying ant wasn’t a spider, but went on to say that “poor spiders get such a bad rap.” I have to agree, so I’m featuring this one today since it’s the kind that comes up when you google “cute spider.” And, of course, I still think it’s creepy as hell, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Since most of us know that spiders have eight legs, the interesting thing about jumping spiders is that they also have eight eyes. That clocks in at four pairs of eyes and apparently they use all of them. I mean, of course, why have them otherwise. They are called jumping spiders because they can jump 50 times their body length thanks to a complicated hydraulic system evolved to overcome their rather weak legs. Interestingly, they can see in color and scientists think they have color vision comparable to humans. Not sure any of this makes them qualify as “cute,” but there you have it.
It is interesting to think about what we define as beauty. This creepy and odd looking spider would certainly be considered beautiful by his other spider friends I would think. Or perhaps not. I’ve no idea what the spider definition of beauty is. It’s incredibly difficult to keep up with the human definition which seems to be changing all the time. We’re all as beautiful as we will ourselves to believe I think. And I’m sure this little guy thinks he’s quite handsome. Just one gaze into those two large main eyes, could you possibly agree? Well, maybe if he promised to just sit there staring longingly and not, heaven forbid, actually jump.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Azo Orange, Cobalt Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Red, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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