I’ve been making women figures from sticks I pick up as I walk. I move more slowly right now since my health took a dip back in the winter, and for some reason I’ve been noticing sticks, branches, twigs, as they lie on the ground. I have time to see them at the pace I take now.
Of course, to add to the story, we’ve recently had several violent storms that toppled trees – several times across the trail I walk in Lorimer Park (I saw the remains of a new one just this morning). The trees’ misfortunes have been a bonanza for me. I had the thought that I should start carrying a saw with me so I could get some of the branches I can’t break, and then I realized that’s going too far! I have the feeling the park rangers would make quick work of that idea and promptly escort me from the park.
So, here are some of the people who have emerged from this new activity. I’m having a lot of fun with it.
If you want to try it, look for sticks that are solid and not rotted. Not too small or it’s hard to give them nice faces. Check for obvious signs of bugs. Take them home, rinse them off, cut them to length if you want to or need to, and put them in the dishwasher. After that, take them outside and let them dry out for a week or so. Then pile them in a shoebox and paint them as you feel like it.
I might have repeated some of the ladies in these photos. I’ve gotten mixed up who I’ved photographed and who I have not…