Ground Snake Carved Painted Black and Orange Wood Reptile Sculpture

This image © SandraHealy 2010

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Enjoy this painted carving in basswood of a black and orange striped Ground Snake. These small harmless snakes live in the Southwestern US. They are typically nocturnal, preferring dry rocky areas with loose soil.

This sculpture, which is a complex one to carve, is a nice size to hold in your hand, 7.5 x 10 x 2 centimeters or 3 x 4 x 1 inches.

This snake and all my animals are designed by first viewing numerous photos and if possible the actual animal as references. Then I simplify the shape to what I feel expresses the essence of the animal. In painting I also try to capture the most important features. My idea is that my sculpture should convey more what you would see in a fleeting glimpse in the wild, rather than the details visible in a museum specimen.

Thank you for looking at this sculpture, which is entirely designed and created by artist Sandra Healy; if you have any questions, please click the contact button below.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

I use knives and chisels, not a power carver, to finish shaping the basswood. This technique gives crisper details. It is sanded smooth, and an airbrush or watercolor brush used to apply water-based inks, with some details being burned In. It is finished with 3 coats of water-based urethane, and signed on the bottom.

Within the one inch thickness, using carving and painting techniques, I suggest a more fully round figure. It is a unique style, which I have developed over more than 30 years.

Though I use non-toxic materials, it is not designed as a toy for children.

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoy this sculpture which is entirely designed and created by myself.

Materials Used

wood, paint, ink, urethane finish

More Info

Usually, orders are sent the next business day by USPS first class, and I will email confirmation to you. It will arrive wrapped in tissue paper with a hand-painted border.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Wood

Size: 3 x 4 x 1 inches

Color: Orange

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