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Oso Polar Creations

Posted in creatures, sculpture, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on July 5, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Be careful if you like cute things (that lean a little left of center). Oso Polar’s creations are addictive, and you may find yourself clicking through all 80 pages of her handmade creature sculptures on deviantART. Not that I can tell you from experience or anything (*shift eyes*).

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Stephanie Law

Posted in art, creatures, nature with tags , , on April 6, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Stephanie Law paints gorgeous, lush nature scapes.
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From the artist bio:
Stephanie Law’s work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows.

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The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that this is a world that underlies our own, when viewed with a desire for beauty and a shifted perception.

Archetypes, the basis for the universal appeal of mythological concepts, are one of the defining inspirations for her imagery. This is mingled with the movement of dance.

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Stephanie has been a dancer for almost two decades, and she uses that experience of how the human body moves and emotes to create a bridge into her artwork so that not only do the humans dance across the page, but the very branches of her trees seem to move with a sinuous grace, and the arrangement of inanimate elements has a choreographed rhythm and flow.

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Insta-Goodies

Posted in art, cats, creatures, death, instagoodies, macabre, sea with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Just an Insta-Goodies post today, as I recover from an endoscopy…

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Insta-Goodies

Posted in art, creatures, instagoodies, skulls and skeletons, surreal with tags , , , , on March 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

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The Harp-Playing Pig Automaton

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, antiques, automata, creatures with tags , , , , on March 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Jackson’s International Auctions had a listing for this rare 19th Century French automaton of a pig playing a harp.

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This dapper swine music box moves his arms over the harp strings via a clockwork key windup.

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He stands just over thirteen inches tall and sold for $2,160.00.

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See the listing here.

Anya Boz: Persian Cat Room Guardian

Posted in cats, craft, creatures with tags , , on February 18, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Anya Boz has a series of faux taxidermy creations she calls Room Guardians,” and my very favorite one is the Persian cat. This is the kind of room guardian I would want…one that seems to snarkily quip “REALLY? You actually think you’re coming in here without permission?”

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It’s posable, so you can arrange it in any number of positions to express its reaction to the unmitigated gall of others.
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UNMITIGATED GALL, I tell you!
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What is this cat saying to you?

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Loved to Death: Comparative Hearts in Lucite

Posted in anatomy, creatures, nature, sea, valentine's day, wish list with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

If you couldn’t tell, I’m not really a Hallmark card and Whitman’s chocolate sampler kind of girl on Valentine’s Day. A specimen sampler on the other hand…now that’s romantic!

This is a set of 5 genuine hearts, injected with red and blue resin. It includes 1. Fish, 2. Frog, 3. Snake, 4. Pigeon, 5. Rabbit and comes with a numbered key chart. Measures 6 1/2″ x 3″.

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I maintain my extreme discomfort with specimens for which the creature was killed merely for the sake of display, and I haven’t asked the company how these hearts are sourced. But they are rather incredible to look at.

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I haven’t seen too many new items that catch my fancy to post (hence the lack of “Valentine countdowns”). If you find anything amazing, please share!

Loved to Death: Comparative Hearts in Lucite

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