Blue Heron Cove
"Blue Heron Cove" is a commission created for a client who lives in Valdez, Alaska. She can see blue herons feeding in a cove from her kitchen window, so Al copied the topography of the cove, with a heron feeding as the tide comes in.
The sculpture is 4 inches in diameter. The tiny blue heron is 7/16-inch tall. Three fish are coming down the fall into the cove, and eight fish are in the cove. She wanted some of Al's patented sense of humor, so he tossed in an old "Sarah Palin for Governer" sign, washed up on the beach, featuring Palin dressed in a Wonder Woman outfit.
It's constructed of a foundation of basswood built up with Elmer's carpenter's wood filler. It's first painted with black acrylic, with layers of different shades of gray to mimic rocks. It took 283 hours; Al finished it on 10/13/14.