After finishing a series and bringing the artwork to the gallery, there is usually a period of recovery. Some artist friends of mine have told me they feel elated but tired, some feel depressed, but everyone has some kind of rush and then recovery.
Six months of prep, the delivery of finished works, and then I lay about for a couple weeks scheming up new ideas. The studio calls to me every day but I try to ignore it. Instead I build up energy like a battery and store it for the next 'batch'.
So after a week or two playing elsewhere, I got back to work. I began making boxes for new flower paintings and the 'no kill' porcelain moth series. As I puttered, I was also working on mundane things like inventories and repairs and cleaning the studio.
Below are some death's head hawkmoth ready to sell. Hawkmoths have long tongues and often act as agents for pollination to orchids, honeysuckles and other specialized blooms. For instance the hawkmoth on bottom right has its perfectly evolved tongue for a ghost orchid....