My latest study is two magpie feathers. I love magpies and I particularly love their feathers. I have collected quite a few over that last few years so I’ve decided to number them as I feel there will be more ‘Two for Joy’ coming up.
For this pair I found the feather on the left first. I nearly left it as it was on its own. I loved the stark contrast of the block of white but knew it didn’t match any of the feathers I have. It’s quite short so I am guessing that it is from their wing feathers. Luckily I kept it and decided to hold onto it until I found a matching feather. Continue reading →
I have called this one Pheasant Fan. It has taken me about 2 months to complete working on it for an hour or so each morning. I find this method allows me to work on fine detail and then step away and see it again with fresh eyes the next day.
My husband picked up 5 feathers whilst walking our dog Charlie. The 5 feathers were all different sizes and spread out made a lovely fan….
My excitement was complete as I know I will be able to produce work from these feathers for many years to come.
Settling on the largest 3 I maintained the fan composition, playing around to get the shadows correct. My first job is to draw the outline of the feathers in a light graphite drawing. making note of the imperfections in the feathers, which give the drawing more character….
Then the next 2 months were spent working on the many layers needed. I make the first layers darker than needed, marking the tone initially in light and dark ochre. Here’s some progress shots….
The original drawing has been framed in a gorgeous black and gold frame to 18 x 12″…
Pheasant Fan is available from my website shop here or click on the image above to follow the link…