Monday, October 21, 2013

Grand Cardinal

My great grandmother (my father's grandmother) loved cardinals and over the more than 90 years she was alive, she received many gifts with cardinals on them...pillows, salt shakers, figurines, rugs...but of course, it was the birds in her yard that she continued to love and cherish the most. I've got lots of cardinals in my back yard too, and it always improves my day to see them. 

I picked one of my cardinal paintings to use as my advertisement in the Christmas shopping guide put out by Mississippi Magazine. This is the first major print ad I've invested in and I'm excited to see what sort of difference it makes. 

Domestic turkey tail feather: 8" long

Penny Pig

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Dyed guineafowl feather. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tiny Dancer

The lighting doesn't do her justice, but she'd like to dance on her mushroom nonetheless. 

Feather: Pheasant
Size: About 1" long

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Some Pig

I was walking on the Natchez Trace not long ago, admiring the spider webs in the trees, when I was struck with inspiration. Spider webs on feathers is a natural fit. The first simple webs with spiders and moths went well and I began to toy with what else I could do with the subject. I'm just getting started, but playing with scenes from Charlotte's Web was fun as a next step. Wilbur is peaking up over the natural curve of the black band of the feather. I realized after I painted it that I could have imposed a symmetrical curve over the natural slanted slope and no one would have known the difference. At first I was displeased with the result, but the more I look at it, the more I'm glad I kept the quirky natural shape of the band. 

Length of wild turkey tail feather: 13"

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mr. Rabbit

Mr. Rabbit is a banker, but a kindly one, who enjoys helping his neighbors accomplish their financial goals. He is honest, he plays funny little pranks on his coworkers and makes the workday pass quickly with his humor and patience. He's one of those people who has an effect on all of those around him that leaves them feeling like better people. On the way home each evening, he takes him time strolling through the park, stopping to chat with the squirrels and ducks, where he is often invited in for a cup of tea and often asked to stay for dinner. He's the type of banker who flies kites.

Width of wild turkey feather: 3"

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mini Mothra

Verrrrrry tiny. In danger of being eaten by a mosquito. 

Just like breakfast cereal, "photo is enlarged to show texture". 

Length of feather: 1/2"

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Skeleton Crew

The one in the upper right-hand corner has the lowest I.Q. of the bunch, but he's very sweet.
The one in the middle of the top row is both wise and kind. 
The one on the bottom left is cool, man.
The yellow gentleman third from the right on the bottom is really excited about soccer. 

Thanks to my sweet husband for the witty title. 

Size of feathers: about 2 inches long each

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Butterfly Bush

Feather: Wild Turkey
Size: About 8" long

Beta Carotene Bunny

Eat your carrots, kids!

When I was six years old, I heard that if you ate lots and lots of carrots the bottoms of your feet could turn orange from the beta carotene. So I ate lots and lots of carrots. I remember the moment when I was at a friend's house playing and I checked the bottom of my feet, and sure enough, they had an orange tinge. Willie Wonka freakiness.

Width of peacock eye: 1 1/2"

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Smoked Chicken

For Wade, who claims he was the chicken in a previous life. 

Length of turkey feather: 13"

Friday, May 10, 2013


This feather is on its way to India today. 

Hanuman is a Hindu deity. He is depicted holding a mountain because he was sent to fetch healing herbs from that mountain to heal fatally-wounded Lakshmana (Rama's brother). Unable to identify the herbs, he uprooted the whole mountain and brought it back, saving Lakshmana's life. 

Length of peacock body feather: 3"

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Judy Pose

My Aunt Judy continues to stay young with yoga and t'ai chi. She is an all-around great person. One of her daughters (thus, one of my cousins, if you're keeping track) commissioned this for her as a present. I had to paint her wearing black. She always wears black. 

Length of guinea feather: 4"

Friday, April 12, 2013

Row, Row, Row Your Boat!

What do you put on a long, narrow feather? A long narrow boat! 

Length of pheasant feather: 15"

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bump, Set, Spike, Meow

Dogs vs. Cats: The cats can jump higher, but they keep having to take timeouts for hairballs. The dogs know more tricks, but they keep getting distracted by smells. Could be anyone's game.

Length of parrot feather: 14"

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Squash: It's Not Just a Vegetable.

This was a Christmas present for a second cousin who enjoys playing squash. I was on the tennis team in high school and I've played a little racquetball, pingpong and badminton, but squash is a racket sport I've never had the chance to try. 

Length of parrot feather: 14"

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

180 Degrees of Consistency

Yesterday I finished painting 180 turkey feathers with the date 3/8/13. They will be tied to invitations for a rehearsal dinner in Virginia, with the wedding taking place the following day. The feathers were provided by a Mississippi hunter, which, I am very pleased to announce I can legally use according to Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Public Notice Rule Number WL-3816. The law changed in December 2011. Feather laws are strict and sometimes confusing, as they differ from state to state. Public Notice Rule Number WL-3816 states that deer and wild turkey parts (antlers, fur, and feathers) can be used for crafting. This does not, however, cover duck feathers that have been obtained legally by hunters. Because ducks migrate, they are protected by federal feather laws (as are all other migratory birds). I can use feathers from ducks that are raised domestically (which I do), but not ones that have lived in the wild. The law is fascinating and I'm having a good time being sure all my ducks are in a row (or at least from the farm), so to speak.  

Length of feathers for this project: about 3" each

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lost Children

One of my cousins commissioned this for her grandmother who has outlived her three children Bill, Jackie and Joe.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Celtic Cross

This was painted for a woman who plays bagpipes. I know several people who play bagpipes, partly because my undergraduate degree is from Alma College, one of the few places in the United States where one can major in bagpiping.

Length of feather: 3 1/2"

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dragonfly Friend

Of all the dragonflies I've painted so far, this one if my favorite.

Length of parrot feather: 5 1/2"

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dragonfly On Point

Dragonfly on Parrot, actually. I was asked if I had any dragonfly painting left after the Chimneyville Craft Festival, and I did not, so painted a few.

Length of parrot feather: 5"

Friday, January 18, 2013

Little Boy Blue, Come Blow Your Horn

For Bob. Trumpet always makes me smile. I chose trumpet in fifth grade band as my instrument because I once heard my grandpa say that he always wished he had played trumpet instead of trombone, which he took up when arthritis forced him to give up violin.

Length of peacock wing feather: 11"

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Runaway Horn

For Lisa.
Run, Lisa, Run!
Play, Lisa, Play!
You're an amazing person.
I'm glad to know you.

Length of peacock wing feather: 11"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cross of Gold

I enjoy painting faux textures such as marble, turquoise and metals. In eleventh grade I was on the decorating committee for junior senior prom and I spent many several weeks applying black and white marble finish to giant cardboard pillars that were used as decorations. I also built and painted miniature matching pillars that were used on the tables as centerpieces. I was proud of my work. It's the sort of work I enjoy.

Length of goose feather: 11"