|Still Life with Fruit by Jacob van Walscapelle (1644-1727)|
The Huntington Library
|A closer view of the lady bug on the melon and the spider in the shadow|
|Rachel Ruysch (1664 - 1750)|
I love all of the detail in this still life by Balthasar van der Ast. I've done a few paintings which have included shells but nothing as complex and detailed as this. Something along these lines would be a good challenge and a chance to use the big beetle.
|Still Life with Flowers, Shells and Insects by Balthasar van der Ast|
(1593/4-1657) oil on panel 24 x 43.5 cm