Continuing the blue-feathered bird series I completed the other week, this Peacock Portrait is the fifth acrylic painting. A close-up head study of this beautiful crested bird, I feel I was able to capture a small (but significant) bit of why I love to look at these birds. Yes, I know they can be noisy, but they really are pretty and make a challenging subject to draw or paint.
Thoughts on Peacock Portrait
This is actually the first time I have attempted to draw or paint peafowl, believe it or not. This was part of the six day “blue” themed challenge, so something about an art challenge feels like permission to try things I might feel intimidating; permission to push my boundaries and try new subjects and media. The part of painting a peacock that feels most challenging is trying to capture the elusive, shimmering iridescence of the feathers, without going too far and having your bird look more like sunlight sparkling on water.
Purchase information for this painting
This painting scanned nicely, so if you want a larger print you can get that through my Pixels store. If you want it on some RedBubble swag, the scan works well there also. The original is 9 inch by 12 inch unframed, and if you want that, you can puchase via the page at Daily PaintWorks, which uses PayPal.
I’ve made up some graphics for social media showing this in a frame on a wall, and it looks fabulous. While I wouldn’t have white walls or furniture, that setting actually shows off the vibrancy of the acrylic paint. I certainly would do a neutral color frame, and this grey has just the right hint of blue to be perfect. The mockup image is courtesy of Pixels, where you can get that exact frame.
4 thoughts on “Blue-Feathered bird series: Peacock Portrait”
That is lovely work Katrina. Noisy indeed. I remember staying at a lodge for Cave Divers in Florida several years ago. The owner had several peacocks on the property. We were woken every morning, often earlier than we wanted, but these picturesque bird.
Bob, we have roosters here, and have had guineas in the past, so I probably wouldn’t blink at peafowl making noise. I don’t have any due to the wildlife that would attack them out here, but still think them a beautiful subject for painting.