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The background of this shadow box, done in encaustic wax, is the view from our cottage in Wakkerstroom, South Africa: one of the top birding spots in the country with its combination of wetlands and grasslands. These are all birds that we see in front of the cottage or in the area, with the exception of one little interloper. Can you spot it?

The birds are painted in watercolor, dipped in clear encaustic wax and mounted in the shadow box on pins. The encaustic work was done in a workshop taught by Barbara Ellman. The box is lit from above with a strip of LED lights. It is shown here in daylight (above) and with its LED lighting (below).

This shadow box was inspired by Crane boxes done by Patricia Wynne, my art teacher at the AMNH Animal Drawing classes.

Size: 26 x 9 inches