This new work, Life on the Edge, is still in progress and reflects my feelings about the uncertainty that has permeated nearly all aspects of the year 2020. Once completed, the gull will be able to be hung at an angle, from the ceiling.

The Life on the Edge theme is represented by a realistically-sized gull who, with spread wings, coasts out from a wave-lapped, sandy shore to wend its way over the waters of the ocean. When viewed from below, the bird’s appearance is intended to give a sense of gazing upward at distant, wind-blown cirrus clouds. (There’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, especially this year…)

Concept: Life on the Edge (Gull), viewed from above.
Concept: Life on the Edge (Gull), viewed from below.

The below images show the work in progress, at about one and a half months from the start.

Life on the Edge (Gull)
Glass seed beads and thread, worked in peyote stitch over a hand-painted wooden core
L (beak to tail): 12″; W (wing tips): 23″

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In progress: Life on the Edge (Gull)

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