Birds of a Feather
I'm a bit of a bird watcher (or twitcher as we call them here in the UK) and after seeing a beautiful photo of a swan preening I decided to have a go at painting something similar. Getting the feather texture was quite difficult at first as I wanted to convey both softness and strength/stiffness in the flight feathers. One aspect that I was pleased about was the soft indistinct edges around the swan's body which seems to be much more life-like than a hard edge.
I am joining with a group of friends and holding an exhibition so I have decided to have a few prints taken of the Swans, as I'm hopeful they will sell. I'm also making some cards with photos of them ... art cards sell really well over here.