I have been thinking, for a while, about doing a series of works representing the four seasons. It is a theme that is often rendered by photographers and painters. At a show this spring a customer had the same idea and commisioned me to do the works. The most challenging piece is the spring request for a cardinal pair with cherry blossoms. Above I am starting to work on the male bird. Below is the result. I think my customer will be pleased!
Goldfinches have been constant guests at my bird feeders this winter and showed up in record numbers during the recent snow. Their less colourful off season plumage is starting to change back to the bright yellows and black we most often associate with this cute little bird. They are quite entertaining to watch and seem to not mind my presence if I remain still.
I recently completed a new felted tile featuring a goldfinch on one of my giant sunflower seed heads. It was one in a series of sunflower tiles that I just finished and posted on my website a few days ago. I’ve done several bird tiles but this was my first goldfinch. Based on the immediate success of this first finch tile, I will be making more. Within hours of posting it on my website it was sold to one of my collectors! She is enjoying this little ray of sunshine now.
Once a year, in the spring, it is time to shear the alpacas. There are two benefits: fiber harvest time for me and a cool summer haircut for the animals. Since the temperature on the chosen
Linda assisting with sheering
day in May soared into the mid-eighties the animals appreciated their sleek new look right away. The lower level of my barn was used for the operation as it is cool and fairly spacious. Two men from Worthington Acres Alpacas handled the clipping and several of my friends showed up to assist in the fleece collection process. I have thirteen animals so the shearing takes a few hours.
I end up with two bags of fiber from each animal which represent two qualities of wool. The blanket fleece is the first quality fiber for spinning and the neck and leg wool is seconds that I can use to make felt.
Alberto grazing with new haircut