flowers shall grow
and I am in them
and that is eternity
- Edvard Munch
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This is a link to a separate Tumblr I made to spare my other followers constant beetle picures and self-promotion of my Etsy shop. I won’t be posting any of that here anymore, so follow there if you’re interested!
Today’s artistic venture pays homage to my all-time favourite deity, Anubis! I sculpted his bust onto a multi-purpose piece perfect for use as an altar/shrine, incense burner, candle holder, ash tray, whatever you please. I also sculpted a matching bowl and small Ankh totem for it. considering sculpting an anatomical heart and ostrich feather for the bowl as well, but they’d have to be so small. I dunno, man. These photos also show some small hematites, a soapstone bowl full of mammal bones, tea candle, and crow feather I found just today after finishing him! The Gemsbok I sculpted earlier is definitely for sale but this guy, I don’t know. might have to hold on to him at least for a bit. c:
Happy early birthday to me!
This guy came in the mail this morning. He’s a mummified juvenile white tail deer. I will be cleaning him up a little (in the eye and nose cavities) and doing one small tooth repair, then he’ll be on display in my workshop! I think he’s absolutely adorable (not so sure my boyfriend agrees). x3
Check out this wee Gemsbok head mount I sculpted last night. I have no idea what to do with him, but will probably make some kind of backboard or stand and sell him, unless I grow attached. but right now I’m in that phase every artist knows where I’m just super critical about every last detail. All in all, it was a fun spontaneous project. [ Will be $30-$40 once listed. ]
[ OPEN JUNE 24/14 ]
Greetings and welcome to Mutt’s Boneyard! I specialize in selling cruelty-free, ethically-sourced, clean and grease-free bones, skulls, and the occasional fully articulated skeleton for collections, ritual purposes, and scientific / artistic study. Most of my bones are roadkill finds cleaned by me with the aid of a colony of dermestid beetles. I care deeply about the welfare of my Earth brethren and I know you do too. Each listing that involves animal products in any way will contain a complete description of how the animal was acquired for your peace of mind. All animal products will also be cleansed with a sage/cedar smudging prior to shipping. In addition to bones, I will occasionally be selling other aspects of the animal finds if salvageable, as well as dried herbs from my garden, and other odds and ends. Thanks for looking! <3
My Etsy shop is officially open! not much there yet, but definitely keep an eye out. It’s always hard to get the ball rolling, so any follows/faves would be greatly appreciated!
at the end of All Yesterdays (the extremely good book about imagining and illustrating dinosaurs in complex speculative ways i was talking about yesterday) there’s a section where they prove the point about the fact that we need to be more open to imagining skin coverings and…
this is too cool!
This is an image of the branch of the rare albino redwood tree. They completely lack the green pigment chlorophyll.
Albinism is a genetic mutation that prevents cells from producing pigment. It’s normally not a big deal. But albinism in plants means that they can’t utilise chlorophyll to photosynthesise. Instead, they suck the life from surrounding trees!
They remain attached to the roots of their healthy, normal, parent trees and survive by sucking energy from them.
Only about 25 of these trees are known to exist around the world, eight of which are at Henry Cowell State Park in California. This park has the largest known concentration of albino redwoods anywhere branding it the epicentre for a scientific mystery.
Image courtesy of wikimedia commons
The beetles are enjoying a shrew (Sorex cinereus) Link found me yesterday. I am constantly in awe of them and what they can do. Not even 24 hrs have passed and the majority of the skeleton can be seen, picked impossibly clean. There’s no way in hell I could articulate such a miniscule and delicate animal, but the skull will be interesting. Shrews have naturally red-tipped teeth, due to iron deposits in the enamel. Here is an article on an extinct shrew said to have shot venom through its teeth: http://www.livescience.com/3623-shrew-shot-venom-blood-red-teeth.html