Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Shaman Dance II

This figure was inspired by a big barred owl that swooped in last winter and paid me a visit.  This figure wears a woven and fulled garment made of wool roving and yarn. Around his neck he wears an amulet of amber, black quartz and a pheasant feather.  He measures 12" x 15" x 6".

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Caballo del Fuego

My lifelong love of horses inspired this piece and several others. It is 18" tall on a 4" x 4" wood base. The head is sculpted from paperclay and painted with acrylics and oils. The mane is raw Shetland sheep wool from a sheep named Pogo! The body is wet felted over a fiberfill core on a steel rod.  
 Thank you to my daughter, my Spanish language consultant, for translating "Horse of Fire" into the beautiful "Caballo del Fuego" and to Vincent Giordano of Trinacria Photography for the great photos.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

First Snow

 "First Snow" was inspired by my daughter's habit of breaking into a spontaneous dance when the first snow fell each year. She started doing it when she was a very little girl and continued it for many years.  It didn't matter if we were out in the yard or in a parking lot, when those first flakes fell she would start dancing. It was a great reminder that despite the coming of winter and all it entailed snow is, and always will be, beautiful and something to celebrate.
"First Snow" is 24" x 16" x 6".  She wears a knitted sweater, scarf and hat and stands on an oak cabinet that holds a trio of chickadees perched on birch twigs.