Saturday, January 14, 2012
Study of Peacock Feathers
6x6in oil on canvas not for sale
I checked to see if there was any information about peacock feather symbolism and found quite a few stories. My favorite goes all the way back to ancient Greece. The peacock was the patron bird of the goddess Hera. According to myth she paced "eyes" on its feathers, symbolizing all-seeing knowledge and the wisdom of the heavens.
I also read that most religions of the world include symbolic meanings to peacock feathers and they were all quite interesting.
As an artist I find them beautiful in color harmony and graceful fronds.
Today I kept to transparent colors in thin washes where I could. I noticed significant color changes in the feathers themselves so I think an artist could just let loose with color and follow the shapes.
Of the two methods I think I prefer the more painterly application I did yesterday.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.