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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Feather Series - Assortment.



Assortment of Feathers

8x6in oil on canvas panel NFS

Continuing  painting
my feathers....
Guess what a friend of mine, who is an
American Indian, brought in for me to paint?
A real eagle feather. It is very old and unpainted.
The other ones passed down from his father have
symbols painted right on them.
It is on loan to me for three days.
I will be very reverent with it.


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37 comments:

  1. What a wonderful painting....and yes...one does get a sense of the deep respect you have for all the feathers.. I'm looking forward to seeing the next painting (an eagle feather...wow!). p.s. Your background is perfect for the subject(s)

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    1. Hi Celeste - thanks. I worked three different ways on the eagle feather. Very difficult. No pressure - huh - to only have three days when you totally blow one of them.

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  2. Very beutiful painting and very interesting your work with feathers !!!

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    1. Thank you. I am pleased you find them interesting. It is one of the mysteries of art ...what attracts all of us to paint.

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  3. I love the different sizes, this is my favorite so far. Your friend will be thrilled to see the feather painted by you!

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    1. Nice when I hear it is a fav - thanks Celia.

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  4. The feathers are wonderful! I really love that earthy background too. Gearing up for the holidays yet, Julie?

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    1. When I started the series I found the background was hard to develop so I am pleased you mentioned liking it. Sherry.

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  5. This is beautifully painted, Julie! I love the rich colors in the feathers and the background is fantastic.! Since you have these feathers for a few more days... another different set up would be so perfect.

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    1. The eagle feather is going to be difficult because of the sheer size of it. it will look like any other feather unless I can show the scale. It is an interesting dilemma.

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  6. I think this subject suits you very well. You can play with textures, colors and compositions. I like this one and the series as a whole very much.

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    1. Good call Roger. It does suit all the different ways I like to play with. I had not looked at it that way. Thanks.

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  7. Wow! this is a fantastic painting. I'm looking forward to seeing the eagle feather painting.

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    1. Hi Linda - thanks - I am looking forward to it too... may never happen as capturing the
      scale of such a large feather is already being a problem.

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  8. Beautiful piece! Love this series. And so wonderful that you have borrowed an Indian feather! I actually have a collection of skulls (moose, cow (bovine) and grizzly bear) as well as feathers (rooster, magpie, hawk, eagle) that you are inspiring me to paint!!! I just never have because I couldn't figure out what to do for a background... So thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

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    1. Wish I lived close to you so I could see your collection. It sounds wonderful.

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  9. A rare opportunity, Julie. Your friend couldn't have entrusted it to better hands.

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  10. Julie - your feathers are lovely. How wonderful to have a real Eagle feather to work from - so happy you have this opportunity. Take care and thanks so much for stopping to visit me too.

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    1. Hi Debbie - I bet you already have some feather sketches in your neat book. I love what you do.

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  11. just so beautiful! your feather paintings hold a mystique that is both spiritual and calming! Wonderful!!

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    1. A mystique...yes, I know there is something I am responding to deep inside me. I am totally absorbed by the discovery of every little aspect of these different feathers. Thanks for liking them, Suzanne.
      Your iris is totally amazing and beautiful.

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  12. Beautifully painted! And you can just feel the connection and how special these have become...There was never any doubt how much you would treasure such a gift to paint.

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    1. Thanks Kathy - no doubt to how much I would treasure the loan, but pulling off painting a large feather in a 8x6 format is not going to be easy. Had three wipers today. You did a great painting of the mashes.

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  13. These are truly beautiful and I too feel the reverence you hold for these feathers.

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    1. Glad it comes across. Thanks, Sharon. I can tell you like nature by your lovely blog.

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  14. Amazing richness. When my sense of feel comes in , I know the work was done so very well. I can feel the texture of each feather. And the background.....just lovely. The painting sings. Yes.

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  15. You are always the BEST! thanks so much Helen.
    Bet you are proud of your new painting. Wow - it has so much impact.

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  16. Such detail, such a record of the olden times. This ranks up there with the bird nest series

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  17. This is wonderful, Julie. It is amazing how soft those feathers look, while still sculpted with thick paint! Congrats on a beautiful job done and the honor of doing the painting.

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  18. Yes, I like the light soft look of it and the depth of the paint used to create it. perfect!

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  19. Beautiful contrast between the feathers and the bold background. Gorgeous neutral colors too.

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  20. This is soulful and so very well done...bravo!

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  21. Happy Birthday to you! I hope it was a wonderful day! I really love the colors you've used in this feather piece, and the gentle composition too. :)

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Julie