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Sparrow Paws

(This blog entry was written by Windstone artist Helen Mishkin, or “Arlla” on the forum)

Very often, to often in my opinion, the beauty of a thing is judged by it’s rarity. If something is so common that you see it every day, it becomes unextraordinary. Similarly, things that are considered pests – which also tend to fall into the too-numerous-to-be-noticed category – are automatically branded ugly where as things that are desirous are automatically more lovely to our eye. Houseflies, weeds, pigeons – just a few of the things that our eyes usually pass over disinterestedly but which, on close inspection, can really be quite beautiful. Pigeons come in a plethora of beautiful colors, and some of the commonest have the most lovely purple and green iridescence. Many plants that we consider weeds have very lovely flowers or foliage, and the housefly that was bugging the heck out of me while I was trying to read the other day ended up having beautiful, intricate little white stripes down his back when I looked closely…

So, as part of my challenge to all of you to take another look at something you wouldn’t normally consider worth looking at, I’ve taken one of my very favorite little victims of the everyday – the common house sparrow. Which, so far as I can tell, is actually a type of finch and not a sparrow at all (they are, I believe, descended from European weaver finches.) I’ve always found these little guys to be positively lovely. The males especially, but the females too have their own soft, delicate appeal. Most of the time these little guys are just a blur, a brown bird amongst dozens that are waiting for you to drop crumbs while we eat our burger and fries in the outdoor food court. I would like to do what I can to make them more special than that.

And so, life sized griffinlets, modeled on a male and female house sparrow pair that have nested under my balcony for the last two years. I hope they manage to catch your eye…

7 Responses to Sparrow Paws

  1. Adaneth August 29, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    I’m more fond of the native sparrows myself, but they’re all beautifully marked creatures. Nice work on this pair, I like the male in particular!

  2. windstone August 29, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    Oh I just LOVE them ! I love the male, but the subtly of the female is just marvelous!… so soft and natural looking!

  3. Jasmine August 30, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    OMG. I totally love these Arlla!! Will they have parents to match?

  4. Arlla August 30, 2009 at 7:03 am #

    Nope! These guys are meant to stand alone. They aren’t actually chicks, but life sized griffinlets. 😉

  5. LadyFirebird August 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    Those are just adorable! I love birds so this really caught my eye! I enjoy seeing griffins and Poads painted as real birds. I have many, many birds from finches, parakeets, to my largest, a female Eclectus. I’m starting to paint some of my pyo griffins to match these birds–I’m trying anyway! When these hit eBay, not sure if I’ll be able to get them but I sure do admire them! I do encourage you to paint more griffins and Poads to look like real creatures!

  6. eaglefeather831 August 31, 2009 at 2:22 am #

    I don’t understand how people can pass up beautiful sparrows! Why, just today, my husband and I pulled up into the driveway, and there were four little sparrows hopping around on our roof-and I pointed, “look, they’re just so cute, and since it’s chilly today they are fluffing up their feathers!” I LOVE LOVE sparrows! The way they look like little puff balls in the fall and winter, their cute faces, their adorable way of hopping, and when they bathe themselves-so cute! I hope that if these go on Ebay, that they will not go on until I get a job because no one would appreciate these two as I would! So cuddly! *awww*

  7. eaglefeather831 August 31, 2009 at 2:23 am #

    My statement wasn’t directed at you. 🙂 I meant to make a general reply. 🙂

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