This is Hudson Hawk. He has been coming into our back yard to hunt(Pretty much unsuccessfully) for a couple of years.
I am sorry that this is not a better photo, but it is really hard to get him to sit still. This was taken through the screen from indoors.
Every once I a while I catch him rolling around in that tray of water and splashing like the little birds do. I have yet to get a photo of that though. I am going to keep trying. For a hawk, he's pretty cute. That tray that he is sitting on the edge of is about 15" across. That will give you some idea of his size. He is NOT a small bird!
Now, on to business... I decided to make myself a board of samples of some of the laces and braids that I use for architectural features, so that you could get some idea of what can be done with trim, glue, gesso and paint.
I glued a bunch of different stuff to the board.
Then I gesso-ed it all.
After that was dry, I painted it all with the paint that I have been using for the bath and bedroom.
Some notes to self.... The first one on the left is crochet. It works, but needs another coat of gesso to make it look like part of the wall
The one on the top right is a piece of regular Victorian trim from Houseworks. It adds a little something to put some trim on the top of the strip.
The bottom right is two examples of what lace can do to plain old cove molding. I am going to try some lace on crown molding and see how much fancier that can be made.
I guess I should drag him out of there and give him some black coffee.... It must have been a bad night...
See you tomorrow.