Monday, March 10, 2008

Re-done Skull Done

After the drama and trauma of washing off my initial work, it's finally done! Yay!! I really enjoy doing the dot painting. Very soothing, if it's going well. But definitely something that should only be done when the eyes are fresh and the hand is steady. I decided against covering the whole skull. It has such interesting crevices that I wanted them highlighted, not covered. It doesn't show in these pics, but where the bones knit together, it almost looks like they were sewn with a wonky zig zag stitch.
I sealed it with a matte finish sealer. And now I am temporarily out of skulls.
At least until warm weather. Then I can boil and clean the ones that are waiting in my freezer. I don't know if I told you all, but I have a hog, a bunny, a squirell and 3 turkey heads waiting. The meat processor a couple of towns over saves skulls for me in exchange for brownies or pumpkin bread. I told him I would like one of whatever he gets in and he said ok. I'm very excited.

I know a lot of you are going EEEUUWWW right about now. But I think of it as a way of honoring the animal. When an animal is killed for meat, I think all parts that can be used should be used. The Native Americans had it right. Waste nothing.

Peace

11 comments:

Eastjewels said...

OMG Mary...Your skull is fabulous. The design is incredible and the craftmanship is awesome. You are such a talented artist...I am blown away...
Linda(Okla)

gulfsprite said...

Ewww or not I think your painting is beautiful. It seems you chose just the right areas to cover and I love the patterns you created.
-Christy

akatrix said...

Mary....goodness! What a project that skull has been but so worth it! It turned out great. I think you're on to something....it's sure not your run of the mill art! Etsy is calling your name!
Pat

Zeborah said...

Beautiful piece.
I would love to get some skulls to work with- but am leary of trying to process them.

I recently bought a small reproduction of a crow skull. They had made a mold from a skull and poured up replicas in resin. It had been nicely finished with a natural looking patina. Very nice look to it.

You should try it with some of the smaller skulls. I think the largest they had was a fox skull. They were selling quite well.

Dawn said...

Another amazing piece a la Mary, you produce such wonderfully different art and the painting on this skull is perfect....

Anonymous said...

Greenwoman, the skull is very nice. I like the way you allowed the bones to influence your pattern. I also like the simplicity of the primary colors and the single dot pattern. Bones are lovely and not at all uggg once processed. Expecially when treated with such respect. luvjean

Cindy said...

This is amazing, you are so talented! Love the colors you chose for this piece, very Mother Earth! Cindy

Jillian said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Christie said...

You do have skull skills and are a girl after my own heart!

Alexas Art Blog said...

Hello

i like your work, its very intresting !!

Greetings
Alexa

Cindy said...

Mary, this is just great. It's gorgeous. I can see how much hard work went into it; you must be very proud of yourself! I just can't say enough kind things about it. Stunning. Beautiful. Gorgeous. Love it, and I do think it's a great way of honoring the animal. Can't wait to see what you do with the other skulls!