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My November Challenge: Totem Feathers

I hope you are enjoying soaking up all the creative awesome from the November challengers. Of course, I could not very well create a challenge on my own blog without also participating in it myself! So here’s a few shots of my project for the month… a hand-painted, hand-cut totem feather!

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So the story on this one is that my other piece was not done. lol. To be more specific, I need some “fresh” sparrow wings in order to do an imprint on the painting. I have always found it cool to give things a new life… I love salvage art for sure, but also in the more morbid arena of giving dead things a new life. In case this makes you wonder, no, I don’t have a freaky collection of taxidermic critters. ;) But I do have some bones, skulls, feathers, and other such elements hanging around. So for the painting (since I am not up to taking out the BB gun in the name of art) I am essentially still playing the waiting game with Daisy the cat until she decides to get hungry. ;)

To experiment with other ways to do the wing print, I gathered some feathers from a turkey vulture last week that had met an unfortunate end from a car on the highway… the things we do in the name of art! Here I am, on the phone with my best friend, running across the highway to snatch up this horribly stinky gross bird carcass. Phone in one hand, dead bird dangling by the wingtips from the other, I run back across the street and next to the truck. “Oh god, it stinks!” I am saying over and over to my girlfriend on the other end of the line. She’s having a good laugh and supporting my weirdness, as she always does! I grab one of Drew’s pocket knives (still supporting my art even from Heaven, thanks babe <3) and cut off a bunch of the larger feathers . Finally, I toss the nasty thing off to the side of the road and promptly drove home to wash my hands. ick!

The loose feathers didn’t work out for the wing print unfortunately, it just looked too forced when I tested it. But now I had all these feathers, so I thought “Hmmm what can I do with these??”  Voila… totem feathers!

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I imagine these to be great tokens to have around you in your studio or workspace as you are focusing on taking flight with your dreams. The white dots represent a white light or spiritual energy that surrounds the colors – which are meant to represent parts of ourself. For me, these three colors represent passion, positivity, and serenity. I’ll be sure to have it up in my studio space bringing me good vibes from now on, and am excited to make some more of these! For me, this is what monthly projects are about… without the monthly challenge, I would have never ended up at this result!

 

Much thanks to Mr. Turkey Vulture, who likely never imagined in a million years that his high-fliying plumage lovely would go on to become art after he passed on to an even higher place in the sky. =)

 

 

Juicy Tuesday! The Art of Kate MccGwire

A friend of mine refreshed my memory on this woman’s art today – I remember seeing it a year or two ago and just loving it. Kate MccGwire is a  contemporary British sculptor. She constructs these immense, otherworldly creations using hundreds of natural feathers, mostly in blue, black, and white. Although I’ve never gotten to see any of her work in person, I imagine the large scale would render a powerful presence. The intermingling of seemingly solid, heavy objects with the delicate nature and detail of the feathers is such a beautiful contrast. It was seriously difficult to pick just a handful to feature here, so make sure you Visit Her Website to see more of her work!

Photo Credits & Resources: 
Hi-Fructose: Preview: Kate MccGwire’s “LURE” at All Visual Arts

http://www.katemccgwire.com

Photographer Tessa Angus

Inspired by Flight: Birds

In keeping with this month’s theme, I thought I’d share some flight related artwork throughout the month that is inspiring me. In this post I wanted to focus on birds as symbols of flight. Unfortunately, I have not been able to track down the names of all artists, but have included them where I was able.


By Theo Aartsma


By Abby Diamond


By Eve Sand


By Fiona Watson


By Barron Storey


By Danna Ray of Groundwork

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