This latest piece, titled "Shoreline" is an example of technique and material coming together to create a unique art piece.
I am getting ready for a booth space I will have at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival this coming week and wanted to make a bunch of bird pieces and especially some shore birds. While rifling through my extensive pile of wood pieces, I realized I have some great driftwood pieces - perfect for shore birds.
Also, do you remember the double sided hanging birds I made a month or so ago? And the totem I made just last month? Well, they brought together two techniques that melded together to create this shore bird piece.
I cut two exact outlines of the shape of this Black Necked Stilt. The beak is quite thin and was quite a challenge to cut. Next I painted the details of the bird in my 4 part process, firing it after each painting stage as I do all of my reverse paintings. But on the final firing I inserted a small piece of fiber paper a short way under the bottom of the bird to become the hole where the metal rod would be inserted. Both sides of the bird are glued together and the rod is glued in the void space to create a "bird on a rod".
The wood was sanded and varnished and came out a lovely, rich, dark brown - which I adore. A hole the size of the metal rod is drilled about half way straight down into the wood. I then glued some well worn pebbles and a couple of shells that we picked up years ago during a vacation to Catalina Island in a meandering path along the top of the wood. The rod with the bird is inserted into the hole of the wood and Voila! "Shoreline" is born.
Loving this piece!!
"Shoreline" Overall 18" x 4" x 10"