Friday, November 27, 2009

American Kestrel Feather


American Kestrel (Male American Kestrel), Acrylic on 1.75" x 9" chicken wing feather

This charming fellow was painted from photos and life studies I did on a falconer's tiercel American Kestrel. He was a calm bird and allowed me to study him (hands off!) for quite some time. I have always loved these little falcons and I hope to revisit this fellow with a full painting someday!
I was excited to find a good subject to paint on this chicken feather. Chickens are often overlooked but they are quite beautiful in their own right. I have another chicken feather and I think I may just paint a chicken on it.

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