I have had this lovely turkey feather for some time, but struggled a bit with subject matter. The lovely barring and dark color meant that a dark or brown colored subject would not contrast well with the feather. In the end I decided to paint a bald eagle. These birds have an immense fierce pride to them, but at the same time I also know how goofy looking fish eagles can be. I hope I captured a bit of both in this painting!
Acrylic on 2" x 8.5" Eastern Wild Turkey tail covert feather.
I get a lot of questions about my painted feathers (yes. it's real paint on a real feather!)-- this link should explain it all! [link]
EDIT: Wow, thank you so much for the DD! Since I am now getting a lot of questions: yes! This is a real feather. It is possible to paint on them with care. To learn how I do it, please see the link above!