Original Art - Feathers

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Autumn Gold
Autumn Gold is acrylic on heritage breed turkey feathers. First, a word about the specific feathers used in this piece. 

A couple of years ago, I had a booth at the local little Renaissance faire in the city park here in town. A little troupe of very small kids had collected all the feathers they could from their family's turkeys for quite some time, hoping to sell them at the faire. They carried their basket to all the booths with no takers until they got to mine. I bought all the feathers at a fair price. The parents of the enterprising kids hadn't expected them to make much, and so they had told them that they could spend the money on whatever they wanted. Even though the proceeds were more than expected, the parents kept the promise. With fists full of money, the kids went on a spending spree that included wooden swords and shields, foam boffers so they could smack each other safely and other items including kids costume pieces. I got to watch them running around and playing with what they bought for the rest of the faire. These are some of the last of those feathers, I may have a few more but not many. Now back to the subject of the piece.

Autumn Gold features a golden dragon in front of a pointy castle. I see him more as a guardian than a marauder, but regardless, he's being distracted by swirling autumn leaves. They're gold like treasure, but he knows not to put them in his treasure hoard because they just crunch to pieces and make a mess. He can still admire them, though. He does have another golden treasure - a citrine - that he's carrying around. It might be magic or he might be taking it home.The inside edge of the suitably golden frame for this piece measures 8x10 inches.
Dragon Rider
Dragon Rider: in my fantasy realm, dragons and their riders usually have a pretty good working relationship. They patrol, usually around castles. The dragon is carrying a tiny yellow sapphire, which I think might be his wages. Since overpowering or taming a dragon for riding purposes is pretty unlikely, you have to use coercion.. you might use magic, but then again you might just give it a shiny for its collection now and then. If the dragon likes you, you probably get freebie rides too but I wouldn't push my luck by asking more than now and then.

Dragon Rider is acrylic on heritage breed turkey feather with yellow sapphire accent. The inside edge of the frame measures 5x7 inches.
Gray Fox
Gray Fox - I have seen one running on my street -only once - but at least I know they're around. This piece is acrylic on turkey feather, and has an amber accent. The inside edge of the frame measures 4x6 inches. It's autumn in fox-land, and this magical gray fox is ready to lead you on an adventure if you want to go!
Peridot Eyes
Peridot Eyes is a portrait of a panther in acrylic on turkey feather. I have panthers and black cats on my mind because of our new kitty, Lucky. This friendly panther has peridot colored eyes, and so it has a necklace with peridots and emeralds to match. The inside edge of the simple black frame measures 4x6 inches.
Queen of Spades
This piece is the companion to Queen of Heartso. This is Queen of Spades. I originally envisioned her as looking a bit more sinister, but she didn't want to be that way. She's a friendly Queen of Spades, unless you're playing Hearts or Old Maid. Since I only had two of the playing card and dice themed frames, these two playing card queens are the only ones I'm painting for now.

Queen of Spades is presented in a frame with an inside edge of 5x7 inches, is acrylic on turkey feather and has two sapphire accents. 
Winter Dragon
Winter Dragon is acrylic on turkey feather. This chilly dragon has a faceted icy topaz for a treasure as he stands in snow in front of snow covered trees. I chose the veneered frame for its frosty weathered wood pattern, which matches the theme of the background trees. There are touches of iridescence in the paint which don't show in the scan or photo. The frame measures 5x7 inches on the inside edge.
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