Monday, January 17, 2011

Owls and acorns

 I have been working on the Owl family for a while now. I still need to get their legs and feet done. I sewed up a piece of cotton muslin that I had drawn the owls on, turned it inside out, stuffed it with polyfil and started painting. I also used some molding paste for eye brows and had to sew up a special little beak and then glue it into the front of the face...lots more coats of acrylic paint and then today I got to the fun part...decorating!
My art pal, Tara Ross inspired me to make these and one will be a belated birthday present for her.

  My latest hooked owl...he is quite big, over 12" tall. This one is for Marci. I am letting him sit for a bit to see if there are any changes I need to make before I sew him up.

I finally got my little velvet acorns stuffed. These were on my "to do" list before Christmas and I had hoped to bring them to my last craft show but didn't have time and I still wanted to make them. I collected the acorn caps on one of our trips to Calistoga on one of our hikes to the Bale Mill. There are some big beautiful old oak trees with these great acorns and I filled my pockets and they have been sitting in a basket patiently waiting for me to do something with them. Today was the day!

Workshop News!
I am teaching a "Heart Garland" workshop at Art From Scrap on Feb. 12! Come join us if you can. All ages welcome.


Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

fabulous hooked owl. such a lot of heart to him.

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

Do you know about the MY BARN OWL blog? You should go check it out-they'd love your work!

And you can download a customizeable Owl art calendar for FREE!!


Yael said...

Mary I love your stuffed animals, every time you post some I smile!!

Marie said...

Love the hooked owl. I think he is perfect the way he is. It is time consuming painting the owls...I have not painted a doll in a very long time but, when I did it seemed there were layers and layers of paint and varnish. Fun acorns. xoxo <3

art spirit said...

Thanks everyone for your comments!
I love the "My Barn Owl" blog...I think it is on my links list. It is so full of inspiration-every day!

The Dreaming Bear said...

Lovely!!! Those acorns are adorable....would love to have a little bowl of them by the front door.

doreen said...

Your little acorns are wonderful! I recently made some acorns using felted wool ~ I couldn't stop collecting the little caps! I always enjoy looking in on your blog and seeing your art (I was your "biggest fan" at Artfest vendor night last year and am still loving the little owl, kitty and bunny I purchased from you! every time I look at them I smile!)