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Changes of a whitetail, a collective artists piece by Nina & Josh K

Discussion in 'Deer and Gameheads' started by Nina Lukaszewicz, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Nina Lukaszewicz

    Nina Lukaszewicz Outdoor Dreams Taxidermy

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    Since last year's PA show, Josh Kenaston and I had been talking about working on a collective artist's piece. Here it is now and how it came to be, a pictorial of the process.

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    In August 2010 I went on a crop damage (red tag) hunt and took a nice doe with a beautiful summer cape. skinned and saved it for the freezer, but had no idea what I would do with it. The idea didn't click until I got another mature doe during opening week of Archery season in October. I later got the last doe, a long haired November deer, in West Virginia's rifle season and had all three capes we needed to do a piece with the concept of a whitetail's seasonal transitions.

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    The original concept sketch, very rough:

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    The refined sketch:

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    Josh made the base from old barnwood. The rustic nature of the wood seemed to fit the concept much better than something polished and smooth.

    We decided later that we would do a little alteration on the forms to make it more unique, and enhance the composition. The top form's head was tilted up, the middle one stayed stock, and the bottom form came as a standing half lifesize, altered into a laying down pose with an additional tilting down of the head.

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    The ground and rocks were built up with foam pieces my Dad brought home from work, which were saved from shipping boxes. All ground cover and rocks were formed using Nicholas Lindsay mache (mud mix and rock mix). A shallow stream was made down the middle using Envirotex. The leaves are all silks, but the weeds at the top winter scene were taken from one of my hunting areas because I could not find a convincing replacement for them. I bought icicles from Lynchman on the forums, and a real dried butterfly for the bottom of the base that would sit by the quote engraving embedded into the rock "Change is the essence of life" (Since butterflies are a symbol of change).

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    Winter doe mounted by Josh

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    We were very honored to receive First Place Collective Artists and the Perry Klein memorial award this weekend at the 2011 PTA Show!!!!!! :D

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  2. RDA

    RDA Active Member

    Very nice! Congrats!
     

  3. Very awesome! Congrats as well :D I wish I could've been there this weekend to see it in person.
     
  4. Nice idea and piece! ;)
     
  5. SeanS

    SeanS New Member

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    Awesome work! Looks very nice!
     
  6. Great concept and beautiful piece. Congrats to both of you.
     
  7. bobcat071

    bobcat071 Just hangn with buds!!

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    Very beautiful !!!!Congrats!!!
     
  8. RoyalOaksRanch

    RoyalOaksRanch Royal Oaks Taxidermy- When Quality Counts...

    Congratulations!! Awesome piece You both did great :)
     
  9. GreenBullhead

    GreenBullhead Peep peeep peep C:

    ;D ;D CONGRATS AGAAAIN!

    And it was nice meeting you too. Wish I could've stayed longer :)
     
  10. psycho

    psycho 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS!

    Good job you two! Congrats 8)
     
  11. The future of taxidermy looks very bright with the talents of you both in the industry. Congrats, keep up the good work.
     
  12. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    Nina, I hate to sound "sappy', but I just have to tell you this. We here, your family on the Taxidermy.net have seen you grow from literally a kid into a young lady. It's like we have (well we pretty much have) seen you grow up in front of us and we are so proud of you. You are our family and speaking of family, it is always so nice to see your family there at the PTA show supporting their daughter, sister, grand daughter.

    You are so loved not only by your real family, but also your Taxidermy family....we are all so proud of you.


    Josh, you are an incredible young man. Most men your age do not have the manners, poise and professionalism you posses. I know I did not at your age and still do not at 40. Young man, you are a real role model. You are yourself and you are simply put a darn good young man!

    You 2 keep it up, there is nothing together or individually you cannot achieve.
     
  13. Congrats to both of you, beautiful piece. Some very kind words Michael. You both should be very proud.
    Dennis
     
  14. whitetail94

    whitetail94 New Member

    Awesome piece, congrats to you both.
     
  15. Bangle

    Bangle New Member

    Great composition, you both did a great job!
     
  16. coonhollow

    coonhollow Active Member

    congrats to the two of you! and Nina thank you, it was nice talking to you at the show.
     
  17. skinner26

    skinner26 Active Member

    Very very nice
     
  18. Congrats Josh and Nina - neat idea. And Nina - you kicked some butt in PA this weekend!

    Bruce
     
  19. bmdakk

    bmdakk Report to moderator

    BEAUTIFUL PIECE!!!!!! Great Job, Congratulations!!!!!!!
     
  20. tomdes

    tomdes Me my dear and Fall BAZZ!!!

    Great piece Nina, X2 what MP said...