i have to say that as far as animals go, i like the raccoon. i am sure i would sing a different tune if they decided to rifle through my trash cans. i know that we have raccoons in the old warehouse (with no roof that is filled with trash) behind our house. i went into the backyard a few weeks ago to brush the snow off the entrances of my bee hives and knock on their sides. i was the first human to traipse across the snow, but not the first creature by far. i saw the distinctive marks of the rabbits that like to eat my pea shoots, and one day i will reclaim those pea shoots by eating those rabbits. in detroit we have a large population of pheasants, and they are much easier to spot in the winter, as well as having lovely snow marks, you can see feet marks and a graceful nonlinear line from where their long tail feather has followed behind them. squirrel marks are very spastic, as they move a round a lot. a few were unidentified, but i suspect a possum. then there were these curious little marks that looked like a combination of a miniature human hand and a star, each print perfectly shaped. raccoons usually mean trouble to the homeowner, or dweller. they are clever and sneaky, two traits i admire greatly. their agile little paws can open things that in theory they shouldn’t be able to. so when i bought some felting needles and a bag of dyed wool i took the raccoon as my inspiration.
i made this mini raccoon while watching a documentary with patrick. i was on the fence about wanting to see it, so i decided that i would multitask. i ended up enjoying the movie and making a raccoon at the same time!
he turned out so cute that i couldn’t keep him to myself. so we gave him to patrick’s aunt janet for christmas. we figured she would enjoy him a lot.
i haven’t had much time to create any new creatures or artwork in the past two months. i am very much looking forward to april when i have more time to play and create things.