Tuesday, April 5, 2011


This little project has been in the works for a few days now, and I am SOOO pleased with how it turned out!  I know it sounds really nerdy, but I was just in the mood to sculpt something. 
I have always loved sculpting things.  When I was little I was addicted to Play-Dough.  It’s true.  On my first day of kindergarten, I still remember that there was Play-Dough on each students desk right next to their name tag.  We got to spend the first few minutes of class playing quietly with it at our desk.  On the second day, I was distraught to discover that the Play-Dough wasn’t set out like it had been the day before, so I asked my teacher where it was.  I was devastated when she told me that we wouldn’t be playing with Play-Dough again anytime soon.  I had hoped that school was where you went to play with Play-Dough everyday! 
I got older and graduated to modeling clay.  My dad still has a few little doggy sculptures that I made for him when I was eight years old.  They sit proudly on his bookshelf at work. 
I took a sculpting class in college with my roommate.  I discovered that I really wasn’t as good at sculpting as I thought I was.  Especially when it comes to subtractive sculpting (objects created by removing excess material to reveal a form within, for example: ice sculpture).  Wow, I have SUCH an appreciation for artists who can do that.  But, I still like working with my hands, and playing with clay, just for fun. 
So, like I was saying, I was in the mood to sculpt something so I made a little family of fat owls. 
And then the fat owls needed a home, so I sculpted them a cute little stump to live in, and a few mushrooms to sit on.  Spencer reminded me that an owl’s natural habitat is in fact, high above in the trees, not low to the ground in stumps.  I reminded him that stumps are very cute and that this stump has central air and heating and hardwood floors, so of course my fat owls would rather live there than up in some boring ole’ tree.
Shoot, I would live in a stump as cute as this one.
Especially if I could have cute fat owls such as these for roommates.


  1. Whitney!!! OH MY GOODNESS! This is so CUTE! I love every little bit it...the owls, the stump, the mushrooms...LOVE!!! You are so talented! Totally adorable:)

  2. Oh my gosh! I have a fettish for cute owls and cannot believe you made this! This is something I would buy off of Etsy.com! So cute! You are so talented!

  3. Those are sooo stinkin' cute!

  4. Tell Spencer that there are owls in Tucson, AZ that do actually live in the ground...and maybe even in cute little stumps such as yours (though they'd probably be cactus stumps instead)! I think they're called burrow owls. And they are seriously ADORABLE! I'd go onto base just to drive by and see them. And I had no idea you did that kind of cute stuff too. You never cease to amaze me with your talents!!!

  5. Adorable! You are so creative, I'm amazed you MADE those!

  6. Wow, those are sooo cute! I still have some sculptures that you gave me when we were younger!! :)

  7. 1. When you talk about sculpting it makes me want J Dawgs.
    2. When you talk about sculpting it makes me miss YOU.
    3. These fat owls are very cute.
    4. If you want to come visit and eat J Dawgs and NOT go to that sculpting class that would be lovely.

  8. Super cute Whitney! It looks like you never get "stumped" on your creativity. =)

  9. Baaahhh! Those are the cutest little owls ever!!!! I love the one on top of the red mushroom with its little spinning hat! It is soooooo cute!

  10. So adorable. You are SOOO talented!!

  11. This is so cute! I love the little owls and the mushrooms. Very cute!


  12. So cute! I am amazed with the details you put in. Great job!