Life is full of all kinds of surprises. Some of the most fun I have had on this journey were the unexpected side trips to new places.
Earlier this year, I was commissioned to embellish some longhorn skulls. I freely admitted that I had never done that kind of work but that I was eager to give it a try. Those three skulls terrified, exhilarated and gave me sleepless nights! But when fully “born” .. they were amazing and I couldn’t wait to do it again.
“Siwolo” is buffalo in the Shiwi language of Zuni Pueblo. Having spent a lot of time there in the past, and still having friends there, I feel completely comfortable in using their term for the American Bison.
I had a idea for this bison skull early on and the use of the prairie rattler skin seemed fitting since, in the old days, they occupied the same turf. I was able to get my hands on some buffalo hide leather strips, Indian head pennies and other bling to complete the project. Painting the forehead was a first but I am sure it is going to be showing up in future skull projects. I was also able to find some perfect Turkey feathers which I embellished with the same turquoise (blue howlite) stones I used on the skull.
Siwolo was delivered yesterday to hang in The BossLight, right on the square in beautiful, downtown Nacogdoches. Tim Bryant and crew are hosting a talented group of artisans and authors there, along with the occasional book signing, live bands, story telling nights and all kinds of activities to showcase local talent. I hope you’ll stop by. Tell ’em Darlene sent you …