My Creativitis

The Rantings of a Crazed Woman with Chronic Creativitis

Dec 31

I have waited all year to post this bird!  He’s one of my absolute favorites!  My pick for the epic role of being the  New Year’s Eve bird must first be explained.  Traditionally when we think of New Year’s Eve, it’s “out with the old, and in with the new,” right?  And you often see pictures of an extremely old man with a cane and long white beard, next to a little crawling baby.  Well, the bird that leaps to mind to fill the role of ‘extremely old man’ is the Vulture.  They just have the look, ya know?  Bald, wrinkled head, stooped shoulders, and a big hooked beak.  So maybe it’s hard to think of an old man as a vulture.  Well, how about the most awesome vulture in the world?  The largest flying bird in North America….the California Condor!  I think this bird deserves a holiday of it’s very own!

 

I must admit though, that the bird I have sculptured for this blog doesn’t have all of the characteristic markings of the California Condor.  But the general look is there, and the condor was my inspiration for this creation.

Vulture/Condor profile

Notice the pot-gut on this particular bird.

Vulture/condor front view

Here’s a back view:

Vulture/condor back view

This particular bird is made of Polymer Clay and is 1 and 5/8 inches tall, and 1 and 5/8 inches from tip of beak to tip of tail.  That would mean his wingspan would be about 4 and 5/8 inches if he was to spread his wings and fly.  That may seem small to you, but multiply that by 258 and you’ll get an idea of how many inches the wing-span of a real California condor is!

 

Anyway, back to New Year’s Eve…I hope you can look back on this year and be grateful for all you’ve been able to accomplish, and for the wonderful memories you’ve made.  I hope it was as epic as the California Condor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 25

Probably the second most well-known bird to be associated with a holiday is the Penguin at Christmas time.  But here’s the funny part: you see, even though Santa is known to be from the North Pole, or the Arctic, there are no penguins in the Arctic.  They all live in the Antarctic, which is the South pole.  However, I found out that the Great Auk that used to live in the North Pole was called a penguin years ago, before it became extinct.  It was spelled differently, and somehow or another the name ended up sticking to the birds that we now know as penguins.

 

But, in spite of the fact that Penguins and Polar Bears live down south, and Santa is up north, the penguin is still my favorite pick as the Holiday Bird for Christmas.  For one thing, they love snow!  And who cares about all those other minor details?

 

So, here is my happy little Christmas Penguin!  He’s very friendly, even though he’s a tad shy.  And he’s very excited for Christmas!  In fact, if he doesn’t calm down he’s going to make me crazy, because his excitement is rather contagious!  But today is a big day, and excitement is a wonderful thing!  And being crazy is pretty much normal for me, anyway.  So, here we go!

Happy Penguin

Another view:

Penguin

This little guy is made of polymer clay, and is about 1  1/8 inches tall, and 7/8 of an inch from the front of his foot to the tip of his stubby little tail.

Merry Christmas

I hope your Christmas is the best ever!

 

 

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