This was my fourth otter stone I've painted, and the most playful by far! I really had fun working with this stone and the wonderful texture of the surface. See the pictures below that show how this little critter came together.
*About this stone: A detailed form of an adorable sea otter playing with green kelp graces this Spiritkeepers. It is a hand painted original design created from the natural forms of the rock itself. The shapes of the little toes are actual dips in the surface of the stone! Fur is created from hours of carefully dry brushing acrylic paint over the surface. Finished with a durable indoor/outdoor protective varnish. Sized at 4 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 1 inch thick; palm sized. It makes a perfect desktop paper weight or home decor curio shelf accent. Each Spiritkeepers is unique and individually numbered. No two are exact, each is unique OOAK artwork; no fillers or cutting used in making this totem animal fetish stone.
Photo 1: The Birth of a Spiritkeepers
Base coat of paint with rough outline of features. The size and shape made it easy to decide upon an otter. But which kind of otter should it be?
I remembered back when I used to live in the Pacific Northwest and the sea otters would visit. About the time of the salmon run, sea otters would creep up the mouth of the river and play in the churning mixture of salt and fresh waters. Sometimes they'd drag in kelp or sea weed from the deeper ocean as if it were clothing wrapped around plump little bodies. Actually, when one is up close it can be noted that the sea otters are fairly good sized critters! When my husband and myself would take breaks, from our shared place of employment, we were often blessed by a visit with the otters. Few things take away the stress of the day like watching Nature's clowns putting on a show! This stone was painted in honor of those little stress helpers. :)
Photo 2: Taking Shape
The natural bumps and cracks in the rock actually made the texture of the fur and details of the tiny toes, through careful bry brush painting.
Photo 3: Face of a New Friend
All finished and up close.
Photo 2: A side view
All art work images, unless otherwise credited, copyright Tree Pruitt. Text information may not be used for profit. Information about hand painted Spiritkeepers ™ stones & shells by WWAO artist, Tree Pruitt.