Eldridge Arnold

Ringneck Pheasent (Threating)

1987  Tupelo, Paper and Acrylic
36"high x 30" long   

Photos by Barry McCormick

Ring-neck Pheasant


US National - March 1998 
1st Place 
Best in Class
Best in Show  

Ward Foundation - April 1988 
1st. Place 

NE Wildlife Exposition 1988 
1st place 
Best in Class
Best in Show

The Ring-neck Pheasant in a threatening posture and wild eyed, has it body feathers puffed and it wings slightly spread, making it appear larger and more imposing to its enemy. The pose and the size of this game  bird, North America's largest, created a challenge for Arnold.  It was solved by using a technique similar to that used in carving hollow decoys: the rough form was cut in half, hollowed out, glued back together, and painted.

The most difficult carving to paint are those showing iridescence, such as the cock, or the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. In nature the iridescence is the result of minute structures on the surface of the feathers which separate light waves to reflect different colors.  Arnold's solution was provided by his wife, Peg, who suggested using the particles in eye-shadow makeup to achieve this effect. The rough texture on the waddle under the eyes was obtained by sprinkling stained fine sawdust on wood lightly coated with Elmer's Glue