Monday Skeleton

shrew skeleton

Happy Monday! Look what I found today. Yes, it might be considered gruesome but I find it fascinating. The little creature died last fall and decomposed over the winter next to the house. This morning I happened to be attaching the garden hose and found it. Quite a nifty decomposition! One front leg is missing along with a few other bits but its almost a complete articulation. In it’s previous life it must have been either a mouse or shrew. Right now it’s bound for some quality freezer time to kill off any little unseen critters. I should probably place the bat I found last fall in there too. The bat was totally desiccated, having spent 8 months on a heat vent. Poor thing. One of my dear friends, Carol Chapel, creates amazing drawings using dead animals & birds. No, she doesn’t kill any of the critters herself! Currently there is a show featuring her work at the Arts Center or you can check her website for other images. I highly recommend catching the exhibit before it leaves. The Structure of Nature also features Leah Wilson. Go see it if you’re in the area!

Lamp update and more: The bases have been produced and almost completed.  I’ve modified my design in a couple of ways to make it easier to clip the lamp part into place from below. Several new forstner bits were required (they give a flat bottom to the drill shaft). Black walnut stain, a couple of coats of polyurethane and sanding, and it’s about done. I’m ready to move on to something else. I wasn’t expecting to be dealing with house offers, but that seems to be on the plate for this week too. I’ll also be signing a contract for a new job. Not anything earth shattering, but a little extra income will be appreciated. I’ll be working for my favorite people at The Arts Center (from my home computer).



Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

One thought on “Monday Skeleton

  1. What a find! I love skeletons, bones etc, and have a large collection of skulls, seven of them on my desk at the moment! They offer such opportunities for really explorative drawing. Recently I found a bird’s skull with some spine still attached, so am planning a large drawing of it, but will put it in the garden for the ants to clean up for me first. Sounds like your life is very busy at the moment!

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