So this one has been a long time coming! All the paints out of the tin for this one! It took a long time and I was glad when it was done!
First, rough sketches, I liked the idea that the peacocks tail feathers should be flowers.
Next drawing the design out on watercolour paper and the starting to paint.
After a really long time . voila! The Boy of teh bird is ultramarine with a bit of Prussian blue. The tail ( flower ) feathers are Rose madder, Alizarin Crimson, cadmium red and orange and a bit of winsor violet!
There are various superstitions about peacocks read about them here
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Written in ‘The Annals of Five Emperors’, during the reign of Emperor Huang, some 4000 years ago, it is said that the mighty ruler would keep Giant Pandas for the purpose of fighting. In an ancient Chinese legend, again dating back some 4000 years, it tells of how a tribal leader named Huangdi once wielded wild animals to defeat a neighbouring tribe. Amongst the fearsome animals who bravely went into battle were leopards, tigers… and Pand
Puffins are funny looking birds! I have been meaning to add one to the collection for a while but could not get the composition right. Having two together seemed to be the solution. That beak was the problem for me! So a bit of heavy stylisation was the way forward.