A Variety of Women Acquaintances

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…

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13 thoughts on “A Variety of Women Acquaintances

  1. Maria

    Love it! Your creativity don’t have limits!! I will try to pay more attention to nature and see if I find perfect sticks like yours!! 🙂

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    It is amazing what is right under our eyes and we don’t notice it. I would have never thought a stick could have any interest for me at all. Then, one day…!!!

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Very fun to make, too.

    I find this creation of women figures very therapeutic for me, I seem to repeat the theme again and again, and it has a lot of meaning for me.

  4. Martha

    Just as creative with this medium/media as you are with all others. Lovely. Charming. Delightful.

  5. Norunn Mølsæter

    Hi, these are really nice! Do you use them for any purpose? I could imagine them as necklaces or as small sculptures on a base of something such as concrete… Just an idea that poped into my head when I saw them!

  6. Claudia McGill Post author

    So far, no, I’ve just been making them and then they are right now all crowded into a flowerpot, standing up. They could easily be adapted in the ways you describe. Or into a block of wood with a hole drilled in it, might need some putty or something to hold it in there.

    I’ve given quite a few away and I don’t know what people do with them. They can stand up pretty well if they are leaning against something.

  7. Sheila Evans

    I have named the one you sent me. She’s Clare and she sits when I knit. She has a sort of frowny face on her, hence her name, since my Aunt Clare was a bit on the grumpy looking side, but with a heart of true kindness. Love her. Glad the group is together in your yard. More later,
    Sheila

  8. Claudia McGill Post author

    I love hearing this. I am glad Clare has settled in and found her role.

    So many of these stick women seem to have a face expressing doubt or whatever. I like that. Shows they have some discernment. Waiting to see what develops!?

    Happy Wednesday. Things good here.

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