More oil painting on Canada goose feather

I did a tiger’s eyes oil painting on piece of Canada goose feather last year.

This year I am able to made two more feather painting. Still the same batch of feather. I didn’t find any more good condition feathers in 2020. o(╯□╰)o

One is farm land. This piece can be counted as my “impressionism painting study”. With such a small surface, I have to force myself skip those tiny details. I need to focus on the environment, the mood of the color, light and shadow, but not single hair level detail.

One is sea waves.

Both of them is about 2″ by 8″ on painted area. Total length is about 12″.

I apply a thin layer of clear resin on back of the feather. Hang it on the clothes dryer until it is hardened. And then I apply 3 to 4 times of gesso on the front side as a canvas. Let it dry completely. And then I apply gesso in front of feather 3 to 4 times until it is fully covered. More details can be found here.

In total there 3 painted feathers now. I’m planning on #4 feather painting about rainy scene , maybe next year…


Hope you enjoy these pieces.

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.

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