Three bad birds and a faun who I swear I spent half a day photographing.
I decided to try painting the blindfold with hot runny Castilene. I wasn’t actually expecting it to work, but it did. It was easy enough that I want to try it again with a more folded blindfold – something like the right side of this one all the way around. For the second one I think I’ll try hot wax, with cling wrap protecting the model.
Concerned that the use of running wheels by caged animals was a neurotic behaviour indicative of unhappiness, animal scientists Johanna H. Meijer and Yuri Robbers from the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands placed two running wheels outdoors, one in Professor Meijer’s backyard and one in a sandy dune area.
Turns out the wheels were popular with local small critters, not only mice, but also “a few rats, shrews, frogs, birds, snails and slugs”.
“Some animals seem to use the wheel unintentionally, but mice and some shrews, rats and frogs were seen to leave the wheel and then enter it again within minutes in order to continue wheel running”, the scientists report.
One point I find interesting, from the paper published by the Royal Society (with videos in the figures & data section) is how greatly slugs outnumbered snails in their wheel-slithering. Were there simply more slugs around, or are slugs less sluggish than we thought? Having no shells to hide in, do slugs need a greater fitness edge?
I’ve got one plague doctor bird available on Etsy – name of Charlie, with distinctive white markings in his patina. The antique brown patina can always produce some white, but Charlie has extra. I like to think he got caught in a carnival confetti storm.
The foundry repatinated a couple of minotaurs in dark brown. I think they did a very nice job. I’m also very happy with the antique brown baby. The antique brown has a whitish element in it, but they mixed it so that the white is minimised, which I think works best on these pieces.
Some pieces are a doddle to photograph, but Faun for some reason is tricky. I’m not too displeased with these pics, but I’d like to try him against a different background, maybe dark wood.