Last week I went to the place where I replenish my stone stock and found this great piece of stone which was face-down at the time. As I turned it over this is the first thing I saw: an owl looking down.
After gathering a few more pieces that were interesting I went back home, and after unloading the stones, I decided to take this one right into the shop. Sure enough — I could see the owl as plain as day. So the grinding began. Once finished, I looked it over and saw that it needed a foot … a foot that was caught in a moment. I decided to have the foot with its claws curled toward the pads, as if he is just about to grab something but then hesitates.
Once I had the pieces completed it was time to inlay them. At that point I didn’t have any pupils added to the eyes, just plain pieces of wood shaped to look like the eyes. It wasn’t until then that I had this thought to paint the eyes… and it was me who hesitated at that point! I mulled the idea over for a few days and eventually decided to go with the painting idea, although I still wasn’t completely sure of the outcome.
As it turned out, I am really pleased with the eyes, as they give a stronger feeling to the expression. He is hesitating… hesitating at what? It’s kind of ironic that I completed this piece at the very same time the banks in the United States are going through their troubles — I guess people are hesitating on where they will go from here.
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