Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Something to Crow About
While Gary was selling at the flea market yesterday I made this crow shrine. These shrines take quite a bit of time to put together, drying and then brushed with stains and slips. It took me about five hours to make this one, cutting out the shrine, then the crow and branches, letting them firm up, slip or stain painting them, assembling them and doing the touch up staining and slip painting. I see the left hand side of the roof extension is longer than the right hand side, not enough to be a saltbox. I measured and divided it in half, how did that happen. Oh well, that's part of the whimsy of the piece which is about 13 inches tall and 9 inches wide including the roof or 7 inches wide without the roof. It's about three inches deep which would be enough to place a votive candle.
The crow and most of the branches are sprigs added on top of the multi-colored blue background. I can't wait to fire some of these to see how the blended colors turn out. Some of the branches are slip painted extensions of the sprigs and climb up the sides like branches in the shrines I made recently. Can you tell he's just landing in the tree? I like the contrast of the black crow against the blue background; he looks like he's thinking of something important. He could have been a bit more animated. My old crow salesman samples are the inspiration for this piece. Click on the link to see the resemblance. These shrines lend themselves to birds, well to all sorts of things and are so satisfying to make. This post will be a part of the Mud Colony weekly what's up in the studio. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.