Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Animal Wednesday - Epidexipteryx

National Geographic is a magazine that I dearly love. It takes me all over the world. The photos and articles keep me informed about the world.  It has articles about the natural world that I find interesting. This month is no exception. They have an article about one of my favorite things...Feathers. The evolution of feather to be exact.
In this article they had several fossils from all over of the "Beasts" that had feathers. Of course the artist's renditions of the beasts are something to behold.
My favorite is the Epidexipteryx or commonly called the Jurasic Peacock in the article. The photo above was taken of this fossil and artists rendition of the beast from the magazine.
Below is my interpretation of the fossil and the artist's rendition.  
 I would love to have a real fossil of something like this. I know I couldn't afford such a treasure.  So I did the next best thing. I made one for myself.  I had some old sculpty clay and I worked it into the below "fossil".  It isn't perfect but I sure had fun making it.
Happy Animal Wedensday to you all. For more Animal Wednesday fun pop over to Aunti Mim's here.


Cheryl said...

Lisa, you are so creative. I bow to your artistic talents.
I love your interpretation of the 'jurasic' creature.
I love fossils....I found one in the garden on a stone. It looked liked a large beetle. I sent it to Sherry as I thought she may enjoy it......

BTW I love National Geographic, and often buy secondhand copies in the local junk shop....amazing articles, amazing photography.

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Very good sketch and sculpture. Looks just like it. All it needs is a little aging.. I wont tell it isnt the real thing. :))

ArtPropelled said...

What a great idea! You've been very inventive creating your "fossil". I'm one of those National Geographic hoarders and am always buying piles of old copies to tear up for collage.

studio lolo said...

Nat'l Geo's are the BEST magazines to cut up for Soul Collages! I'm sure I just made you crings at that :)

Hey, paint the fossil off white and age it (like Cris said!)
Very cool Lisa.

Lynn Cohen said...

too funny...i saw the bottom fossil before reading about it and sure enough thought it the real thing! You got ME!!!

We cut some real fossils of fish out of rocks on one our summer treks to be found SOMEWHERE on my blog I am sure! ;-)

Mim said...

oh i LOVE that fossil!!! what a great idea.
I take all my mom's old National Geographics and read them cover to cover - I love them

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, wow! You amaze me. I love your artwork.

Julie said...

Oh, cool is this??? Great idea!!! It looks beautiful! Your very own fossil!!! Now that's what I'm talkin about!!! LOL.

marianne said...

Great idea Lisa!
Maybe you should try the againg as some suggested!
A pre historic peacock! WOW didn't know that existed...... just made a peacock mandala, but I still have to color it.

Have a nice day!

Teri said...

WOW Lisa, that is just wonderful!! Such a creative idea to take you back millions of years. Wonder what other fossil you will 'find'?

Katiejane said...

This is really good. You do seem to like animals, bugs and insects. We used to get National Geographic when I was a kid. It is a great magazine.
I love your amaryllis painting. So cheery.

Gail said...

What a wonderful project and very creative. Love National Geographic, too. The best photography and places most of us will never get to see. gail