Pipi Longstockings was an Orb Weaver spider that lived on my front porch for most of 2009. I named her Pipi after the character in a book I read who always wore striped stockings.
Pipi made it through our December blizzard but the January nights below 20ˇ proved to be too much and she passed away. I had thought several times that she would not make it through the night, but every morning I would go out and she would be down on the ground at the edge of the little pile of hay I put out for her. When the sun warmed her up she would go sit in the web and do her work. I still don’t know how she lived as long as she did -- nature is just amazing when it comes to survival.
I don’t think you can really see it in the scan here, but Pipi’s top side was silver metallic kind of like the dull side of tin foil. She really was a beautiful spider and I will miss seeing her every day.
This is ink & watercolor on Hemp paper in the Nature Journal. I always knew I would find a use for that jar of Daniel Smith German Silver watercolor powder that I bought 15 years ago! ha!