An interenting note about this phoenix -
when I was baking it in the oven, it caught fire (and set off the smoke alarm in my dorm -_- and had to be mostly redone).
It wasn't as funny at the time, but its a very nice irony, the phoenix burns and has to be made anew.
Dreams are funny things, sometimes you lose sight of them, and sometimes you think you have lost them to the past.
Your dreams never forget you.
When I was little, I wanted to be a vet. Then I got into art and dismissed the idea of being a veterinarian. Now its back! I'm taking Biological Illustration classes and considering getting a masters in veterinary illustration. Plus, I'm looking to intern at a pet food company and design packages for them.
The bead in its mouth is a small frosted glass bead. Originally I had planned to place a somewhat larger crystal there, but while looking for the crystal I found a small collection of these beads. They came from my grandmother's necklace. She was a watercolor artists and taught me all of my colors, so it seemed important to have her in here.
I chose copper and gold to paint this sculpture because no matter how much copper tarnishes, it can be polished and look as good as new. Gold is warm, and the metal is soft and pliable.
No matter how hard things get, you can always dream. As my mother says, the sun is always shining above the clouds.
Sculpey and model magic over a wire frame, and it stands with one wing fully in the air.
18" wingtip to wingtip