Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Progress on Whooping Crane and Chick

I've had a little time to hand stitch on my felt that features a whooping crane mother and her chick. I decided to work on them in a subtle way, versus completely covering the felt back ground. This decision is due to the fact that when I look at a piece of art that draws me in when viewed at a distance, I love it when I see exciting details in a close-up look. If you are wondering what the three dimensional strands are, it is pineapple fiber from Habu Textiles, which is one of my favorite sources of unique yarns and threads.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Gooseberry Island - Westport, MA

I had another wonderful time exploring the shore for more birds. Gooseberry Island has a very rocky terrain, which supports quite a different group of shore birds and water fowl than Horseneck Beach does. Enjoy the slide show of the shots I took of the trek around the island.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Shorebirds at Horseneck Beach

I had such a great time birding at Horseneck Beach on Thursday, August,19th. I saw numerous species of shorebirds and was able to get some pretty good shots of them, not to mention the beautiful sunset! One shorebird that I wasn't able to get a picture of (no thanks to the man running along the beach) which is one to add to my Life List is the Whimbrel. it is a fairly large bird with a beautiful long slightly curved beak to it. I enjoyed watching it probe into the sand for food.

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover
Immature Common Tern

Monday, August 09, 2010

Molly and her two new owlets

Molly is feeding her two baby owlets. You should hear her beckon them to come and eat and then hear them squawking for food. Nature is so incredible!!!

We are on "egg watch for egg #3 to hatch sometime today. I could hear it peeping through the shell earlier this morning.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

New Felt - Whooping Crane and Chick

 I started a new piece of felt today in preparation for submission to the SDA MA-RI juried member show. I was totally inspired by this picture, which was a National Geographic photo of the day, earlier this week, and used it for my color choices and composition.

Here is my finished piece, drying in preparation for the hand stitching and embellishing that I plan to do to capture more of the grasses, the chick and the whooping crane's neck and head.

Friday, August 06, 2010

First egg of Molly's second clutch almost ready to hatch

Here is a screen shot that I just took around 8:00PM,, Thursday the 6th. It appears that the first egg of Molly's second clutch will be hatching soon. You can hear peeps from the egg, with Molly responding back, whenever she stands up and moves around. Join the crowd of over 2,000 viewers and check out the excitement at http://www.ustream.tv/theowlbox.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

New Indigo and Shibori

I dyed some new samples of shibori in the indigo vat in preparation for my workshop at the 2011 SDA Conference.

Mokume Shibori (stitched resist) on linen

Mokume Shibori on cotton, dyed with MX dyes