17 April 2011
Finches in general have a beautiful song. We would always have several of them when I lived up in Pennsylvania every year. Where as they're small birds, their bright yellow colors always made them easy to spot in the crowd of sparrows and chickadees. They also have a very distinct flight pattern, so even if you can't catch the yellow across the sky, you can follow the wave like pattern...flap flap flap drop flap flap flap drop flap flap flap drop. I'm not sure why that always amused me as a child, but I thought it was the funniest way to fly.
As I believe I had stated before, I'm not fond of spiders. I personally have a strong dislike for the 8 legged creatures, even if I understand where they fit in the ecosystem. However, we have very large visitors to our porch every year that I've become quite accustomed to. We have several writing spiders grace us with their presences every year. And while they are on the large size of spiders, I've gotten to kind of like them. I still don't like them that close to me, or would be willing to hold one...but I've stopped trying to swat it with a broom. They make huge webs, with a thick zig-zag pattern down the center. Every now and then, we catch them bouncing up and down like they're using their web as a trampoline. I'm not sure whether they're trying to attract bugs, test the strength of their work, or just having a bit of fun.
06 April 2011
Big cat medicine is temperamental...it does exactly what it wants when it wants. I guess this is just yet another example!
I was doing little clay sculptures one night (when they're done I'll post them as well) and any time I went to do a bear...it started to look like something else instead. And while that can happen with paint...I have more play room than with a chunk of clay that wants to be a badger or a frog.
The earwires are still surgical steel, but plated in gold or silver. I've never been fond of gold personally, but they seem to look very nice on some of the stone combinations
One of these days, I shall make several of each design, but for now I'm just trying out different color combinations.
While they are somewhat easy to do, and it's fun to have conversations on Skype while I'm working, they still can take a bit of time. The most delicate part is making sure the feathers are facing the correct direction before they're set.