|Shown: Jackrabbit, Belted Kingfisher & Pyrroloxia|
Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) I make these birds regularly, living in St. Louis they sell well. (Hmmmm, I wonder why). I remember seeing them in Tucson when I was a girl; it was always a treat. They are now fairly common in southern AZ, but this wasn't always the case. Their range has expanded considerably due to climate change. Good or bad? Hard to say.
Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) It's actually been a few years since I've made a roadrunner. Of course, I have Paisano, but he's not for sale and he's huge! Roadrunners are the iconic southwestern bird, so it was time to make a new one. This guy's great.
Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) This figure is actually a remake. He was one of my figures featured in 500 Handmade Dolls, and had a needelsculpted and painted head. I don't make heads that way anymore (but see a previous post for a how-to for animals) and I thought I could do a better job. He went from show to show, and nobody wanted to take him home. I created a new head and a new coat.
White-Sided Jackrabbit (Lepus calotis) I am fond of jackrabbits and make these figures regularly. I seem to be able to capture rabbitness fairly well and consequently, the jacks are favorites with the customers also. This guy has great face.
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) Kingfishers are widespread throughout the U.S., but are under-appreciated. Beautiful birds that always make up as elegant figures.
Pyrrhuloxia (Cardinalis sinuatus) This is another figure redo. Years ago, I made a series of human figures with plague masks for a gallery show. This was a special request of a friend and I never really liked the figures. They were grey and boring and kind of scary. Off came the human heads and, for this figure, on with a new bird head. The coat and embellishements match the species well, so this was a relatively simple redo.
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) Usually I make kit foxes - they are more interesting to me and people know less about them. I get a lot of requests for the typical fox, so what the heck.
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) These doves are the prettiest of the SW doves, but they are also very annoying. They never stop making noise! They are lovely birds and I an usually happy to see them - in short doses. This figure has a lovely face and a really nice wool coat with painted lunettes that replicate the scaly look of the feathers.
Desert Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) Even though I make a lot of jackrabbits, I've never actually made a real rabbit (jackrabbits are hares, not rabbits). It was time. This is the classic cottontail bunny type (stocky & quick), but the desert rabbit you only see in the SW. This guy has the most amazing pissed off expression on his face - it's wonderful!
13-lined Ground Squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus) I have a special place in my heart for rodents. I love them all. Strangely, I have difficulty making the heads the right shape and so usually avoid trying to create this type of figure. This guy is ok, I still need to figure out those heads. His coat is quite nice with beaded panels replicating the distinctive lines down the body.
Rock Squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus) These guys are found throughout AZ and NM, usually in rocky outcroppings. They are a lot darker than most squirrels, and pretty hefty. As with most of the ground squirrels, they have a ton of personality and I always feel I can't capture even a tiny portion in a figure.
When everyone is completely done, I'll post an update on Facebook and perhaps load some of the new people onto the website. Stay tuned!