Fanfare of Feathers – Peacock

How can you be an artist who creates birds without including a Peacock?

They are so regal, colourful and arrogant, you just can’t over look them. That said, the sad and soggy photographs I took of my subject whilst on holiday in Cornwall were not my finest!  A great deal of artistic licence was going to be called for to regain his finery.

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Even on such a wet day, the fabulous colours in his plumage are visible, it was a starting point if nothing else.

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I decided to focus on a ‘head shot’, concentrating on the feathers, colours and textures around his face and crest.  I had very few suitable blues in my stash so had to go shopping for just the right pieces (hooray!).  I worked out from my outline sketch how many colours ! would need to create the different textures and light and shade.

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Once again the Oliver Twist threads were ideal, their gradual colour changes were perfect and the two packs covered most of the colours I needed.

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Below shows the Peacock pieced ready for stitching.

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Before starting stitching I add details to follow with a heat removable pen.

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The Peacocks head has an unusual texture which called for quite a different stitch pattern.  Areas around the eye have an almost turkey like appearance.

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The stitch pattern used can be seen more clearly from the back.

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The feather shafts of the crest were created using a King Tut thread which had a colour change from grey to pale brown.

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The picture below shows the background fabric being quilted with similar thread colour, following the pattern of the fabric to avoid it becoming too dominant.

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The finished piece, I feel he has regained some of his royal presence and arrogance!

A limited edition Giclee print of ‘Fanfare of Feathers’ is available, it is not listed in the website shop but please contact me for details.

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