We just got home from an art show held at wonderful Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky.
Oh how I love this peaceful place.
The art show was held along an avenue of trees in remarkably perfect weather. I had posted extensively about the Shaker Village in the past, so, today, I only concentrate on one of the most marvelous structural elements that surround this lovely piece of American History,
As a great lover of stone walls, I am always mesmerized by these stalwart and meandering masterpieces
built between 1805 and 1910, not by the Shakers, but by the Irish.
These walls continue for miles and miles, surrounding dwellings, ponds and running along roadsides and meadows. Shaker Village sits on 3000 heavenly acres of Kentucky land.
I don't know how many miles the stone walls cover, but I do know that the Irish were paid only $1000 per mile..
What I would give to have stone walls like these! Some have been standing firmly for over 200 years.
The Village is home to much heritage stock, as well.
These horses were HUGE!
They are called English Shire horses and were of such great beauty and strength as to be truly awesome.
and now, from very large to very small.....
A study in MICE.
I had the chance, (because of my huntress cat, Claudette), to observe a rat, up close and personal.
This big guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time; the barn.
Claudette deposited the "expired" rat on our back step. I donned gloves
and took the opportunity to study his little paws, feet and face.
It is surprising how strong those little thighs appear, the better for climbing the barn poles.
Studying his toes really helped me out in properly fashioning my mousie and ratty
feet out of wire and wool.
My materials are sheeps wool, wire,and mohair...the sum of parts in the making of a rat.
And here she is, MY soft and fuzzy rat.
Claudette the huntress cat, pays her no mind.
Below are footsies from more little mice.
I've become increasingly fond of making mice and have made more than 20 thus far.
One of my motives for making the mice, is a new book character, who is part of the 3 piece book set I've been working on. You can see her in the drawing above which I created months ago.
Now, I am ready to get serious and finish those illustrations.
The mice also represent all the little rodents in my previous books as well..
all part and parcel of Hopalong Hollow
So what am I going to do with all these little
They will be living in my shop and selected mice will come to the next 3 shows with me:
The Country Living Fair
in Columbus, Ohio
in Madison, Indianna
Saint James Court
in Louisville, Ky.
I must admit, my rodents are a bit more lovable than
(But he did get a proper burial. )