Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Still Life With Armadillo

I used to work in motion pictures and television as an art director back before I became a mom, and my husband still works in motion pictures. As such, we've attended a lot of prop sales over the years, and acquired some unusual things. One of those things was a stuffed armadillo. Now, armadillos aren't native to North Carolina where we now live, but I understand they are quite the road kill specimen in parts west of here. Still life pieces are not my forte. As a matter of fact, I hate them. I always set them up and think, "Man, that looks contrived." Maybe I just need to do something a little quirkier in order to make it interesting. So I decided one day that the stuffed armadillo had found its calling, and I set up various poses with the poor guy. I meant to do several, but that's how it is with good intentions; however, I did manage this one. I sold it a few years ago, so if you happen to own this piece and see this blog, I hope you will drop in and tell me where you hung the piece. I hope you didn't put it in the guest bath.

11 comments:

oziskin said...

Your art reeeally belongs in art galleries and museums!

willipino said...

amazing. your pencil skills are incredible.

Sal said...

My work always ends up in the guest bathroom.... but this most assuredly did not. Amazinf work, as ever Natalie. You are an inspiration.

katat0nik (JaneKL) said...

Yet another one of your drawings that I mistook for a photo. I hope one day I can draw like you!!

JoE said...

you never cease to amaze! what's next?

P ;) said...

She's amazed me for 25 years now. I am happy to report I still have some of her earliest work!

Detlef said...

Highly impressive again. I would've thought another one in this intended series would've been to overturn the armadillo, place it on its back and draw it as a roadkill (just a darkly satirical thought).

ottoblotto said...

LOL! I may have to try that, Detlef!

Anonymous said...

have you read "a prayer for owen meaney"?

ottoblotto said...

No, sorry. I have a friend who really liked it, though. Why?

Anonymous said...

the stuffed armadillo was sort of a featured charactor . enjoy irvings work as i enjoy yours....g