Wonder if you guessed what it is (see previous
Here's the original as it appeared on the glass panel of the back
door this morning. Barbara was having a steamy session making vegetable
soup and the Easter weekend weather has turned cooler.
noticed the trail and I could see the unfortunate insect trapped by the
surface tension of the condensation droplets. It had crawled onto the
glass from the left side of the door, as had a second insect that made
the vertical trail.
My digital camera in macro mode reveals that the insect is some kind
of small wasp; perhaps a gall wasp or a parasitic wasp.
I rescued the struggling artist after I took the photograph.
Random Acts of Inkness
one reader, Arlene, guesses who my guest artists were:
'two insects stepped in your ink and worked their way across the paper
trying to rid themselves of the burden.'
As I didn't give any clues as to the context I think that's a pretty
Random Acts of Inkness is what Karen Winters,
from California, calls her blog of 'art journaling, writing and other
nonsense'. She asks,'Why do you suppose it made such regular little loops
instead of a random wandering path? It seems unnatural for a bug!'
'This is totally fun and fabulous!' says Gina, also
in California, 'Thank you for sharing the great work of the “exhausted
artist” with me. Your rendition of the wasp's self-study was totally
My New Yorker friend Danny Gregory is also way out west
at the moment and amongst the things he's been drawing in LA are the local
wasps; 'The insects here in California are not art school graduates, more
white collar drones dashing about to meet their quotas.'
Karen Winters' Random
Acts of Inkness
Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters
Richard Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org