Here is a piece from my Audubon "bird" series from an exhibit last year in Ohio. It is the "Anhinga" also called the snakebird (you can see why). The Anhinga is a coastal bird with the unfortunate inability to coat its wings with oil, so it is barely buoyant with its long neck bobbing in the water, looking like a snake. It is 18" tall by 17" across. The body is velvet. The background is various shimmery fabrics sewn in a curvy, wavy style.