The winning bid on "Old Ben" at ZooFari was $325. I have no idea who walked away with it (I've met or know every other person that owns one of my sculptures). I estimated the piece would go for around $300, so I got that part right. I wish I knew who bought it.
I'm happy to announce that my entry into the Rosewood Art & Music Festival won first place in the three-dimensional category. I entered "Call It In," my first attempt at a Mississippi Kite. There was a lot of great artwork at the festival, and it was an honor to win a prize.
I didn't know these birds before I moved to Columbia -- they migrate into the area in the summer from South America to breed and feast on cicadas, circling over our neighborhoods in June, July, and August.
I put a price tag on "Call It In" but it didn't sell at the festival. If you're interested, it's now listed on my Etsy site.
It doesn't make sense to beat up on my own artwork when it's for sale, but there are a few things about this piece that bother me. The wings are too short, and I'm not satisfied with some aspects of the posture and body covering. I'll probably attempt another kite at some point for that reason. I've done three owls now and I still haven't made the owl I really want. I'm working on my fourth ceratopsian and my third crow. We'll see.
I'd like to thank my neighbors for their interest and support. Columbia is a good art town.
"The First Owl" at the State Fair
I took "The First Owl" and "Mockingbird" to the State Fair a couple of weeks ago. The winning entry numbers have been posted, and the owl is on the list. I won't know what prize it won, however, until the art premiere on Sunday evening. I'm hoping to go to that, but first I need to survive a trip to Greenville with my little kids. Wish me luck (on both)!