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Rooster

Surprise!  I’ve been keeping this pen and ink drawing to myself, and now that it’s complete, it is time to share it here.

Whether it’s my farm girl roots or a coincidence, I seem to draw a lot of farm animals.  I love the legacy of farming, and the animals that go along with it are a big reason for that.  Plus, bonus, people seem to love farm animals, be it a horse, cow, pig, goat, dog, cat, duck, or chicken.  Thus, my rooster was a long time coming. 🙂

Rooster

– This drawing measures 5×7 inches, and is drawn on Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens, ranging in size from 005 (primarily), 01, and a tiny touch of 03 for those inky blacks.  When I first used Sakura Pigma Micron pens, I felt they were very inky and a little out-of-control feeling.  However, the rich, warm blacks they produce are unsurpassed by any pen I’ve tried so far, and I have a fair collection of different brands of pens.  These are great!

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A short video of the work-in-progress.

https://thecozyred.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/rooster-wip.wmv

And a couple of close-up photos.

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I hope you like the drawing.  Thank you for looking! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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A Pig, a Peacock, and a Giraffe

The title sounds like the start of some lame joke, doesn’t it?  Here’s the thing, I’ve done quite a few new sculptures, and I just haven’t had the time to make a post for each one, so I’m doing a big bundle of sculptures in one post.  I hope you don’t mind. 🙂  So, let’s start with…

Giraffe

A friend of mine once generously sent me a box of “junk”, embellishments, buttons, beads, and etc.  In this delightful package of goodies were a stash of wood beads.  The more I looked at these beads, the more I could picture those stubby horns that giraffes have on their heads, so I went along with the idea and this is what came of it.

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for the face and for attaching embellishments.

– I used numerous embellishments for this one.  The wooden beads, as mentioned before, made great horns.  I used beads from an old necklace for the sort of oval ears (it was no easy trick attaching these beads either – wire, glue, finesse, and luck were all needed to get them in place).  The mane is a twinkly beaded chain, the same as I used for my draft horse sculpture, if you remember.  It seemed to suit this giraffe nicely.  The tail has a short length of chain to animate it a little bit.

– Measures 8 inches long by nearly 11 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.

Peacock

I’m not sure how many of you have seen a peacock in real life.  There is an exceptional beauty living at a local wildlife park.  I’ve seen him a couple of times this year, and have many photos of him.  What a display they have when they fan their feathers!

– Made primarily with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for the details of the head and for attaching the tail feathers.

– I used random pieces from a necklace for the tail feathers, and a metal gear embellishment (which I cut down to the right shape) for the crest feathers.

– Measures 3 inches long by 3 1/2 inches tall by 4 inches wide.

 

And finally, we have the pig.

Pig

I’ve been doing a lot of pig sculptures lately.  There’s something charming about the stout little humble creatures, isn’t there?

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as finer wire for the face and tail.

– The leaf pendants I used on my original pig sculpture seemed so right for pig’s ears, so I used some more for this lady.  Yes, I think this is a lady pig. 🙂  The nose is a pink button, and the tail is simply wire wrapped and shaped.

– Measures 7 1/2 inches long by 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches wide.

I hope you like these three sculptures.  Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Spring and the Wildlife it Brings

It’s a beautiful time of year.  The leaves are open, the grasses are growing, and there are animals moving and grazing and raising young everywhere.  It’s that time of year where my camera goes with me almost everywhere.  You never know what you’ll find!

It’s also been a good year for new sights.  You may remember the bear and her cubs that I was lucky enough to get on camera.  I’ve also seen Sandhill Cranes, Canadian Geese, Woodpeckers, Robins, Squirrels, Toads (noisy, singing toads), Bullfrogs, Redwing Blackbirds, Butterflies, Houseflies, and other insects.  While houseflies don’t sound too exciting, I was pretty happy to get some up close and personal shots of them.

I’ve also been really enjoying my new Macro lens.  I’m still practicing and getting used to it, but I think it’s going to be a truly essential addition to my photography equipment.  What am I saying?  It already is. 🙂

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the local wildlife in these photos I’ve taken.  All but the Sandhill Crane were taken here on our land.  It’s amazing what you find when you open your eyes!  There is one photo of a blackbird in flight with his beak open.  Look closely, and you’ll see an insect flying in front of him.  I have a feeling that insect was lunch!

As for the not-so-local animals, I recently went to a wildlife park nearby and saw the most amazing fanning peacock.  He was gorgeous and mesmerizing to watch.  I hope you enjoy the photos of him, as well as a couple other animals I saw there.  I think the hyena is a rather handsome creature. 😉

Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Photography

 

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Sketches of a Horse, a Hen, an Eagle, and a Longhorn

I’ve been trying to sort of kick-start my creativity lately, so I’m doing quick sketches to try and spark some ideas and inspiration.  I’m also sketching so that I can say to myself, yes, I did draw today! 😉

These took about 10 minutes to a couple of hours each, with the horse sketch taking the longest.  The hen and the longhorn are both done with Faber-Castell Pitt markers, and the eagle and the horse are graphite.  After playing with graphite again, I wouldn’t mind doing a fully fledged drawing with it again.  Once upon a time, graphite was my go-to medium of choice.  Once I tried out pen and ink several years ago, I fell in love, and the graphite took the back seat.

I’ll admit that I am currently working on a new drawing, and this time with a new medium: clayboard.  More on that later. 🙂

These were all done in a Strathmore Field sketchbook, and measure roughly 7×9 inches in size.

Thank you for looking.  Happy first day of spring!

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Posted by on March 20, 2014 in All Artwork, Sketches

 

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Turkey Wire Sculpture

Wire sculptures go faster than my drawings, so I guess I’ll post another sculpture.  This one was also done shortly before my art show back in August.  Yes, my poor blog has been on the back burner lately.

Anyway, this little turkey is one of those that was done with the dark annealed wire, which is a deep brownish black color.  I liked the idea of making this bird black since turkeys are kind of a brown/black color.  However, that’s pretty much where the “accurate” colors end, as I went with a very vibrant color scheme for the tail feathers.  Taken from a gaudy necklace, these pieces are gold colored with neon color blocks in them.  It was a cute necklace, but I never wore it once…just bought it and ripped it to pieces with this in mind. 🙂

As you can see, he was sort of a partner sculpture to my original silver wire turkey, which sold at the show.  That’s why some of the following photos have the silver turkey in the shot.

Black Turkey

– Measures about 3 inches long by 3 & 1/2 inches tall (foot to tail feather tips) by 1 & 1/2 inches wide.

– Materials used were 16 gauge dark annealed wire, finer dark annealed wire for some detail, gold coated craft wire for the beak, and found objects from a necklace for the tail feathers.  The feathers are wired into place, and then were glued with a metal glue to keep them in place.

Thanks for looking! 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Birds, Birds…

First, I am happy to announce that this is my 200th post on this blog.  It’s been fun!  Thank you all for the looks, the likes, and the comments.  I hope you’ll continue to stick around and follow my blog.  I appreciate all the support! 🙂

Birds are quick and fun to make out of wire simply because they tend to be small and sort of delicate.  Since they’re so small, I’ll be sharing a few different ones in this post.  First, let’s start with the flamingo.  I’ve only used hot pink wire once, and that was for this chipper little bird.  I bought a nine yard spool of wire, and this single, small sculpture took the whole spool.  And even so, I had to make the basic shape from my finer dark annealed wire (the black you see for the beak and legs) in order for there to be enough pink.  Perhaps I should have titled this sculpture “Stilts” because of those long, lean legs.  The poor thing’s a bit top-heavy, but once he’s standing, he stays put.  I am happy to say that this sculpture sold at my art show.  Again, I did not have time to measure this one, but he was probably 3 and 1/2 to 4 inches tall and an inch wide.  Pretty slender and small again.

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Next we have this little silver bird.  He may not be as flashy as some, but that’s ok.  Some birds are destined to be plain.  He’s a humble creature, small and slight at 1 and 1/2 inches tall, just over 2 inches long, and about a half inch wide.  Small and understated, but proud to stand among his bird friends even so. 🙂

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And finally, we have the black bird, who is somewhat flashier than his silver friend.  Made, again, with dark annealed wire, his legs are a fine steel wire.  It was no easy trick to create the spiraled wire on his legs as it was difficult to smoothly wrap the wire when the legs were so close together.  This one is about the exact same size as the silver bird at roughly 1 and 1/2 inches tall, 2 inches long 1/2 inch wide.  Small, but in a stout way.

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Now, how about a group shot?  Isn’t that poor flamingo gawkish and awkward? 😉

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Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Peacock…er…something like that

Here’s another sculpture I did recently.  It’s a peacock.  I think.  As I made this with the dark annealed wire and added the beaded pieces for the tail, I realized he needed something fun on his head and chose a big feather-like metal piece that seemed sort of jaunty.  I liked it.  This bird needed flair, and I think that big plume on his head was the answer.

I just sold this sculpture a few days ago, and forgot to measure it, so I am only guessing on the size of it.  Well, there’s not too much more to say about this, so I’ll go ahead and show the photos. 🙂

Peacock

– Made with 16 gauge dark annealed wire, some finer dark annealed wire for detail, gold craft wire for the head, copper wire for the legs, as well as other assorted found objects.

– I did not get a chance to measure this sculpture, but I would estimate the size to be roughly 4 inches tall by 4 and 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide.  Again, this is just my best guess.

Thanks for looking.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2013 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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