I have been collecting vintage Italian tole-ware icons and triptychs with the intention of painting over the cheap reproductions of religious paintings and painting portraits of insects and wildflowers instead. The series will be called Toward a New Iconography. So far, I have just this little spider, and the triptych called St Steve, with a tiny woodchuck.
Yellow Garden Spider, Argiope aurantia, are known as writing spiders due to the zig-zag pattern they weave at the center of their large webs. They prey on gnats, mosquitoes, flies and aphids. The spider may eat and respin its web each night. (National Wildlife Federation).
Acrylic on vintage Italian tole-ware icon frame. 8.5” tall by 4.75” wide. Includes a loop at the top for hanging. $250