The beautiful Jim Mullan crow arrived this week and he's stunning. The lightstands are in Carlos' studio because we're shooting his new paintings to update his website but I will post a good, well-lit picture of Monsieur Crow in the next couple of days. In the meantime here are a few peeks at some of the exquisite details.
And I've decided that three steampunk Mullan birds is the perfect number so I'm on a quest for the final addition to the trio.
When I was teaching in Sisters, Oregon this summer one of my students had a bag full of funky little wooden birds that she had purchased at a tag sale on her way to the conference. I coveted those birds - they were all different colors and shapes and had the coolest vibe. She gifted me with two of them at the end of the workshop and I am so grateful (and I didn't even whine or beg or anything). Aren't they great? They're only about 1.5" high and are obviously hand-carved and hand-painted.
I finished the first of a new series of quilts with a bird theme and will reveal it soon. It's really interesting to re-visit a theme after many years have gone by to see if you can say something new. My last bird quilt was in 1994, but I definitely see a new approach to birds as subject.
Do you find yourself re-visiting old themes? Or do you say everything there is to say in a theme and move on?