Guinea-fowl Feather – watercolour of the day #97 – 08 May 2016
Watercolour on 300gm Bockingford – 130 x 100mm
I picked up this feather at our gate this morning and decided to paint it for today’s watercolour. We have guinea fowl wandering all ouer our town which is quite cool I think.
There is some very interesting symmetry in this feather. I got it almost but not quite. Next time – if I am spared.
The feather reminded me of a rather embarrassing story. A gallery owner in Swakopmund was very supportive of my early work. I had done a series on the pelicans that used to hang around the basins where the fishermen cleaned their fish. When she was appreciative of my paintings I said “Yes I want to do a series on pelicans – everyone is painting guinea-fowl and it is so kitsch”. As the words left my lips I caught sight of black with white dots on the wall. Glancing up I realised to my horror that the gallery was full of her work that included many guineafowl paintings. Well – I am still desperately sorry about this but there is no rewind button for this sort of thing.
Since then I have never painted anything related to guineafowl – mostly because of this. So this is something of a breakthrough.