Imaginary Hummingbird


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What the hell, not much going on here (as expected), so another oldie.

This was a fun piece to do, because I violated every rule of trad bird carving with it, but it sold faster than any other piece I did. I just made the bird up. It's anatomically impossible. It also gives the appearance of being a male, with the fancy crown and gorget, but males are never found at the nest. They're little lotharios who have nothing to do with raising the young. Hummingbirds typically have a clutch of two, and the eggs are much smaller than this. I gilded the gorget, which didn't quite work, but the buyer didn't care.

The opal is much greener than shows here. They're a pain to photograph, especially white base.

Acrylic Modeling Paste
Black Jade
Manzanita Root
Epoxy Putty
Mulberry Paper
Silk Thread
Lint from my laundry drier
Owyhee Jasper

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Love it Musket! It is exquisite. Go ahead and post all you want, heaven knows I've piled a bunch in lately! :giggle:
I LOVE his green color. I don't care if he/she is imaginary. Maybe I love it more because of that. It's beautiful and I am in love. What detailed work.
Thanx sno and Arty. She's a she. There are a few very fancy females in the hummingbird world, down in the tropics.

We named her Belmont, after Virginia Belmont, who had a famed bird shop in Rockefeller Center for many years. My sweetie bought an umbrella cockatoo there a long time ago, ages before we met.

Ms. Belmont was the trainer of TV, the even more famed talking Mynah bird who was featured in the commercials for Westinghouse-- "You can be sure if it's Westinghouse."
I sure wish you could still do these Musket. You did such a beautiful job on all your carvings. ❤