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Moonflight - Painted Feather by windfalcon Moonflight - Painted Feather by windfalcon
After seeing feather paintings around DA, I decided to try my hand at it. One of the artists whose work inspired me to try painting feathers was *Nambroth - if you haven't seen her art, I advise you to go look at her work. It's gorgeous.

Of course, we all know I couldn't resist painting a falcon with my introduction to feather painting. Thanks to my art professor, I was able to get a hold of some good turkey feathers (he uses them for calligraphy quills). I hope to be able to get some other kinds of feathers, maybe dark-to-light or with interesting mottling (duck or goose might work).

Acrylic on turkey feather
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MT-000 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
oh... My.... GOD. I feel now so ridiculous with my tattoed bananas. Your work is Unbelievaly beautiful !
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Twins72 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is so great :heart:
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hope you like it :-)
If you would like it removed, please let me know :-(
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :3
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Twins72 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:-)
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snoesjesnuit Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
wow this looks so.. wow!! ^^
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copperarabian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Student Photographer
it's nice when you meet somebody who has large parrots :D Nice falcon! and the moon is so perfect.
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sj-sakua Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
whoa, that is really cool! :D
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theblackrosebandit Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Wow that is amazing!
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lightbird Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful, it really potrays the feeling of freedom.
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ZarineBashire Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really love this one. The way the bird is flying and the moon, it's great!
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Rebel-Love Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Really pretty. ^^
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jeriweaver Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thats amazing.
I have a stupid question... did you stand the feather up on something and hold it steady, or did you just hold it in one hand and paint with the other?
Or did you press it flat on the table... How'd you do that?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I did it two ways - sometimes I held the feather in my left hand while painting with my right (when I needed to get really fine detail), and other times I kept it on the table and painted, steadying it with my left hand.

And it's not a stupid question :D Feather painting is a weird thing.
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jeriweaver Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh cool =D MY hands would shake too much to hold it up.
Thats awesome =D
THanks
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teutelquessir Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
Lovely work :)
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longwing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
Nice, especially if it's your first try.
Is it hard?
I might try and paint one of Dusk's feathers.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It wasn't hard at all - the only difficulty was working on such a 'flexible' and 'soft' surface, and painting small. Just be sure to spray it first with fixatif, otherwise the barbs will seperate easily.

I wish I could paint on a hawk feather :( Over here in the US, owning nearly any wild bird feather (with a few exceptions) is illegal. But, since you have a falconer's license (and are in the UK), I think you're safe :D
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longwing Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
lol...I'm in the UK, the land with no raptor laws. I have no license, couldn't get one even if I wanted one. How terrible is that? I could be a 12 year old with a golden eagle in a cage and it wouldbe completely legal. lol don't get me started.

Hmmm. I'mma gonna get some fixative. hehe...
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you serious? I'd think that the UK would be very strict with raptors. o_O Well, on the bright side, I suppose you can do whatever you like with whatever feathers you own. :)
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longwing Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
lol. Yup, we'll sort of half-heartedly ban foxhunting, baseball caps and hoodies. But keeping a bird of prey? Well, no need to regulate that! Not the government's problem that there's barn owls in shoe boxes being fed on bird seed, nu-uh.
I was fundraising yesterday, and this girl came up to me. She said she had a tawny owl (little brown timid owl), and she couldn't change its anklets so they had grown into the skin, really deep. She'd cut them off, but wanted to put some more on and didn't know how. The bird's never been flown except on a bit of string, but the worst thing was that we had to encourage her to keep the bird, because this is considered a pretty good home for birds in the UK. If it's in an aviary and being fed on meat, it's lucky - even if it's grounded for life.
Truth is, we're not really a nation of animal lovers. We do keep lots of animals, but by Jimeny do we abuse them.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Ugh! Raptors are not domestic animals - they're wild and, unless injured or for other specific reasons, should remain wild. I just can't understand how people can see an eagle or owl as a pet. And, dear god! If you're going to keep a bird of prey, don't try and feed it bird seed! At least learn about the bird you're keeping. You wouldn't expect to feed a dog green beans and peanuts, would you? Or a cat applesauce?

And this rant isn't directed towards you; I know you treat Dusk with care and respect. You're very knowledgeable about raptors, too, from the comments you've left and from the descriptions I've read on your photos (such as weight and the reasons buzzards do certain things before landing, such as keeping their feet wide and pulling the nicitating membrane over the eye). I just...get angry when I hear about people mistreating raptors. As much as I'd love to be able to work with raptors here in the States, I'm thankful for the strict regulations we have, since it protects the birds from the stupid people who wouldn't think twice about buying one and sticking it in a birdcage.
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longwing Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Amen sista. ^^ If in doubt, leave it in the wild to look after itself!
Yeah, lots of American falconers complain about the regs. They'd complain even more without em lol. IMO the bird itself is more important than the sport.
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Very beautiful! I love it very much!D Had to Fave it, since I :heart: falcons.
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otenba-kun Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Wow, that is really good!
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
your insane woman!
thats gorgeous!
how did you stop the feather from seperating as you painted?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I sprayed the feather with fixatif first, that way it kind of 'holds' the barbs together, and it's transparent. Then I painted it, and once it was dry, sprayed it again. ^^ I learned the technique from *Nambroth.
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome =D Thats cool..
how do you keep it safe after? do you put it in a shadow box?
my kitties seek and destroy all feathers in the house XD
i used to watch *Nambroth but i unwatched because now I only watch my friends, and staff journals, cuz i dont have much time for commenting randomly, and i like to comment on my friends first, them randomly browse. :cries:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Right now, it's sitting in the place in the art building where I keep my supplies, but if I were to put it on display, a shadow box would sound perfect.

Indeed, you would want to keep it safe from kitties :D Not just to protect the feather, but acrylic and fixatif can't be good for little kitty mouths.
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
very pretty.
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Karoleenka Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Wow, that looks awesome!!
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saralondje Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
wow great work !!
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ali-musette Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
that's beautiful... it blends in so well :)
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ali-musette Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
reply to this to remind me to add it :) dA's being a pain...
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