This is just a quick post to let you all know what I have been working on lately. I have titled this painting “Honor.” I never paint a portrait with a name in mind for the piece – I always let the piece guide me towards a name. And as I was putting the finishing touches on this portrait, and stared for a moment at his face, the name just sort of jumped out at me; When I look at him, that is what I believe he embodies – honor. From his headdress, to his posture, to the medal he wears around his neck, to his worn and scarred face – they all seem to be telling the same story to me – honor. I believe if you listen closely, you can even hear his song….
The portrait is hand-painted acrylic on a brown turkey tail. The whole portrait was painted with Master’s Touch Acrylics (my favorite!) and it has taken me about 16-20 hours to complete (I always lose track of time about halfway through the painting.) (If you would like to see what the portrait looked like as a work in progress, click here to read when I posted about it.) For those that do not know, I specialize in miniature portraits – I absolutely love the challenge. Having said that, the whole feather itself measures approximately 11 inches, and the painting itself is only about 3.5 inches tall. You can see from the photo below that the face only measures 3/4 inch. It is definitely difficult to squeeze a lot of detail into such a tiny area, but as I have said before – patience and tiny paintbrushes go a long way! 🙂
Although it is hard to tell from the photo, I have accented a few areas with burgundy for a different effect. I have done this in a few of my paintings, and I really enjoy the extra dimension it adds to the piece. I will be listing this painting for sale on my official website in the very near future – so stay tuned if you are interested.
If you have any questions about feather painting, always feel free to contact me via email or feel feel to leave your question in the comment section below!
Also, I have been working on more painted feather earrings as well and I will be posting photos here shortly! Also, stay tuned to see where you can view my artwork in person – Details about my next art show coming soon!
Thanks for viewing!