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Pelican

I have to admit that I like water birds.  We have a long-running joke in my family that any time we’re on a vacation by the Great Lakes, someone has to take a picture of a seagull.  My dad thinks seagulls are bothersome and homely, and he’s right.  However, I love their call and their presence when we visit Duluth.  Duluth, MN is one of my favorite places in the world to visit.  My parents honeymooned in that area, and they took us kids there when we were very little, and it’s been a favorite place ever since.  I’ve never seen any ocean, so Lake Superior is as close as I’ve been to such big water, and I must say, I don’t mind.  It’s such a majestic place to be.

Ah, but I’m getting all nostalgic now.  Let’s get back to the topic of this post, shall we? 🙂

This is a sculpture I created for Ashley for the Arts.  The inspiration for this piece started at a “barn sale” I went to back in May.  It was essentially a thrift sale that was held in a shed.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find too much, but I did find a massive bag full of vintage hair pins and curlers.  Among them, there were dozens of these old hair rollers.  In other words, beaks!

I don’t usually put my sculptures on any sort of base or stand, but this guy is pretty front-heavy, and his feet were not sufficient to hold his weight, so I had to think outside the box to make him sturdy.

Pelican

-Measures (with wooden base) 8 1/4 inches tall x 5 inches long (this is the length of the bird from beak to rump) x 3 inches wide (this is the wooden base).  The bird, itself, measures 5 1/2 inches tall.

-Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire (some silver wire again, at last!), some 20 gauge steel wire, and some 22 gauge steel wire, I believe.  It has been some time since I made this guy, so I’m not positive about the wire gauges anymore.  The beak is an old hair roller, and is even marked with the brand name Goody, which is cute, don’t you think?  He has caught a fish, as you can see.  It’s a small metal charm of some sort, which I wired into the pelican’s beak.  Oh, and his beak is workable, by the way.  You can open it like a clothespin.  The neck and body are solid wire, and the spindly legs are made of metal pieces I harvested from a necklace.  They’re ridged and shiny, and I liked that they were so slender, because those water birds seem to walk on toothpicks!  The feet are antique metal pieces I purchased in a lot online.  The feet are screwed to the wooden base so that they’ll stay put.  The base, by the way, is a furniture “foot” that I had on hand, which was painted it with a turquois paint.  Despite having the feet screwed down, the pelican still wanted to sag forward from his weight (it must be that giant fish), so I had to figure out a way to stabilize him.  In the end, a hole needed to be drilled into the wooden base, and a thick wire inserted into it, covered in strong glue. I clipped off the wire so it reached the base of the pelican’s neck.  I then wired the stabilizing wire and the neck together so the pelican could rest its weight there.  To disguise the wire, I then went all-out nautical and wrapped that stabilizing wire in jute so that it looked like rope.  And finally, I hung a little sign on the post advertising fresh fish.  Very fresh, in this pelican’s opinion.  I found a free-use fish illustration and typed the Fresh Fish sign, and printed it on a natural, sandy background, cut it out, and put it into this glass window frame that I bought at an art store.  Ah, at last, I think I’ve covered all the materials for this sculpture.

Finally, I have to share this photo.  As I was doing my photo shoot of the pelican, this dainty little fly landed on its head.  I thought it made for an interesting shot.

Pelican 1 CR

Thank you for looking!

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Jackrabbit

This is the first time I’ve done a sculpture of a rabbit.  In fact, it’s one of the first times I’ve incorporated a rabbit into my art, period.  I’ve obtained a sort of accidental collection of all different metal feather-shaped pendants.  While I expected to use them for bird sculptures, I held up a pair and thought of rabbit ears.  This little guy is the result.  I think I may be making more of these rabbits in the future.

Jackrabbit

– This is a slender little thing, measuring 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches long by 1 inch wide.

– Made with pretty fine steel wire, 22 gauge mostly.  The ears are, as I mentioned, little feather pendants.  The legs are made with little drop pendants I got from a necklace.  I intentionally made the legs small and spindly…I wanted the ears comically large, so I de-emphasized the legs.  The little tail is a white bead held there with wire.

Thanks for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Gypsy Vanner

I have always admired the beauty of the Gypsy Vanner horse.  The strong, stocky bodies, the beautiful piebald markings, and the amazing, thick manes and tails.  What a stunning breed.  I intentionally gave this sculpture a strong, arched neck and a large head, partly to really show off that mane, and partly for the simply elegant pose.

Gypsy Vanner

– Measures 10 inches long by 7 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide, making this my largest horse sculpture to date.

– Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire and 16 gauge dark annealed wire, as well as some 19 gauge dark annealed wire for the detailed areas of the horse.  I really loaded this horse down with embellishments, because the Gypsy Vanner horse often has a very thick, full, beautiful mane – some even touch the ground!

Thank you for looking.  I hope you like this. 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Cat Crowd

Hello dear readers.  I’m sorry to have taken so long to make a new post.  The Christmas card drawing has taken a lot of my free time, as is working on the book, so I have been neglecting my blog lately.

Anyway, I thought I would post a few photos of my outdoor feline family.  They are all grown up now and doing great.  They have big appetites now that they’re in that sort of teenagery stage, and wait outside the door for food.  What you see below is actually a regular occurence.  Why, if I went to the door right now and opened it, this is what I would see.  Don’t they look like bowling pins, all tidy and triangular and orderly?  These guys are so funny and they really bring me a lot of joy.  I hope they make you smile too. 🙂

Thank you for looking.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Photography

 

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