Friday, 01 June 2007

Gilded Peacock

Title: Gilded Peacock
Size: 500 x 500 mm
I have always loved anything with irridescent blues and greens, which is why the black Australian opal is my favourite gemstone. Peacocks, displaying their spectacular tail feathers, are another source of this breathtaking colour. Here I wanted to capture the sheer outrageous gaudiness of these birds, so I applied gold leaf to the canvas in places, and then painted over it.
The second photo was taken at an oblique angle to try and show how it changes as you move around it, which is pretty much how peacock feathers also behave as the light captures their metallic glints.

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