One day while aboard a Southwest Airlines flight, I noticed the overhead bins were decorated with screenprinted drawings from a kindergarten class. The drawings were of typical things you’d expect 5-year-olds to draw: Houses, the sun, flowers... My eye was drawn to two ducks in particular, a bevy of smaller ducks following behind.
I made a sketch of one of the goofy-looking adult birds and noted it as a ‘funny duck’.
Back in my studio, inspiration struck and I began teasing out a shape from my cocktail napkin musings. ‘Nesting Bird’ is the result.
She’s a whimsical bird. She’s not ‘elegant’ like some of my other bird sculptures, nor is she trying to be! ‘Nesting Bird’ is more akin to my other lighthearted sculptures, such as ‘Chicken Creature’ or ‘Nabalini’.
‘Nesting Bird’ is oxy-fuel welded using 1/4” round rod and 1/8” x 1/2” strap. Her nest is 1/2” square stock, drawn out and textured using my Little Giant power hammer. Final dimensions for this sculpture are 13” tall x 12” wide x 7” deep.
I'm pleased this sculpture will be nesting and on display at Third Coast Gallery in Galveston, TX, until she finds a permanent roost!
Back stories and latest goings-on in the studio