I have a show coming up in Wausau in September and thought that a pheasant would be a good addition to my collection for that show. Found this great pitted piece of wood that I I had my husband cut into the shape of a pheasant body.
Sorry I didn’t create a lot of in process shots. I was in the zone and this project came together quickly. The tail feathers and bottom feathers were wet felted and wired and the head was needle felted. Upon first assembly, I realized that the body needed to be filled in more.
I blended wool to match the wood coloring and found small beads that mimicked the pits in the wood.
Sat with this guy for a couple of days and decided that the neck needed more texture to look more like a pheasant’s feathers. I decided to build the neck up a bit and like the result much better.
Once I finished the pheasant, I had a cutoff piece that looked like a lion’s paw print. I felted in the missing parts to complete the print.
The paw print inspired me to make a second lion. My first lion (blog here) was sold at the Barrington art fair earlier this year. I have a couple of shots of the head in process that I can share.
This time I decided to create a mane with long locks.
And Flowers, Oh My
I also completed a branch weaving that I really love. Again, no in process shots – sorry. This one started with a metal heart that I used upside down as a flower bud. I then wet felted 2 additional flowers that had similar coloring. The weaving is inside a branch that is long and skinny so I wove it as a bouquet.
It has been a busy month! I learned that my python has been accepted for exhibit at the Confluence of Art Annual at the Pablo Center in Eau Claire, I am a finalist for the Keller Prize and I have added the Morning Glory show held in the Deer District in Milwaukee on Aug 12-13 to my docket so it looks like Aug is going to be busy too! 🙂