Over the past months, they have been used as reference for scratch art and sketching but last night one actually became a canvas for a painting.
I took a picture of the student working on the feather just so you could appreciate how small the surface was the artist used for painting.
To be truthful, I wasn't quite sure how to go about painting on a feather. Years ago I had brought back some paintings from China on a feather and a leaf and I brought those down for the student to study before starting. She chose to do a leopard resting in a tree for her subject matter.
What was discovered is that if you build up the acrylic paint slowly, it holds quite well on the feather.
I'm thinking I'll give her a quill pen next week to add any fine black lines she might want, but in the end she got a great result.
At one point she asked if she could just do shapes because she didn't think she could get the picture she wanted, but I told her to not change focus and keep moving forward with her original vision and when it started to come together, I knew. There was a loud, YES! as it began to work.
I have mounted the final work on bristol board. Unfortunately it is so small my camera is having a very difficult time focusing on it and this is the best I could do for a final picture.
Needless to say, in person, the work is quite wonderful.
I'm so impressed that this student had the courage to try a path that not one person in the studio really knew what would happen in the end. I'm so very proud of her.
12 year old, acrylic on feather