If you haven't heard, painted antlers are the next big thing. At least that's what we're hoping. West Elm should be calling any minute now for the rights to these photos.
|My naturally shed antler pre-paint|
|Antlers and wine!|
|My sad little paint tray|
An example of good antler painting form.
Antler colours inspired by E's shirt
D, working hard on her project
Erin has more photos on her blog if you're interested in antler overload.
And if antlers aren't cutting it for you, may I suggest a visit to Foster's Bighorn in Rio Vista. It's a nice afternoon drive along the river between Sacramento and San Francisco. The bar and restaurant is covered wall to wall with stunned taxidermied animals put together in the 30s and 40s as well as amazing, can't-look-away photos of vintage hunting expeditions
One of my favourite sad stories with an accompanying photograph is of the wolf who was shot in the jaw. The wolf was still living, just unable to attack. The hunter needed to get back up a hill so he held the wolf by its tail and had the animal drag him to the top.
Sad and creepy but so interesting. The day V and I visited in September 2010, I had a massive headache but after seeing the fate of these animals and having a beer I felt pretty lucky to only be suffering from a headache.
|Photo by amenfoto|
Apparently they have one of the world's largest collections of taxidermied animals with over 300 heads. They don't just have your usual specimens, they have everything. Giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinoceros' and wolves. Or maybe these are usual things to taxidermy. What do I know? I just paint antlers pretty colours.
|The dining room, photo by thomashawklooklook|