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.
Bronze Dragon
Bronze Dragon - on a small turkey feather. He is a proud dragon! He is a mighty dragon! He is a shiny dragon and he knows it! He even has an orange sapphire of his very own! The inside of the frame size is 4x6 inches. It is black to match the turkey feather he is painted on.
Chaotic Intentions
Chaotic Intentions features two fairy cats. Even though they're black and white, they are not yin and yang.... they are just chaos! Acrylic on turkey feather. Framed to 5x7 inches on the inside edge of the frame. One soft green and one light pink tourmaline accent.
Dragon Fly Flurry
Dragon Fly Flurry features a flurry of dragon-flies on two Sweetgrass breed turkey tail feathers. These little guys have found treasure and are pretty excited about it! It is triple matted and framed to 8 x 12 inches on the inside edge of the frame. The accents are: 1 citrine, 1 amber, 1 tigereye and 5 small yellow and orange sapphires. 
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.
Fairies Wear Boots
There's a meme going around on social media featuring a really manky moth that looks a little like a flying tarantula. Perhaps you've seen it. I saw it and started thinking about the kind of fairy that would have wings like that moth. As I started to paint him on a turkey feather, I started thinking of the old Black Sabbath song Fairies Wear Boots, and so that is the title of this piece.

He's the sort of fairy that trips you over your own feet or who leaves Legos on the floor in the dark for you to step on. He's the sort of fairy that will give you a scare and then laugh about it. Is he a real danger? Probably not, he's mostly out to amuse himself albeit at your expense. The maximum amount of mayhem that can be achieved with a minimum of effort is more his style. He lives among the leaf litter and eats toadstools for lunch. He'll accept a dish of beer left out for him, but don't expect any favors in return.

This piece is acrylic on heritage breed turkey feather with a garnet and a marcasite accent. The inside of the weathered wood frame measures 5x7...it was weathered wood or nothin', because he's not going to put on any fine pretenses for you, he is what he is. Invite this bad fairy into your home for $145 including shipping
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!
Jewel Thief
Jewel Thief: A copper and bronze dragon makes away with a necklace of red agate, peridot and fiber optic glass catseye. Either this is a small sized dragon, or the necklace is a huge one that belonged to a stylish giantess. We can only imagine that if it is a posh giantess that he's stealing from, he has good reason to be looking over his shoulder to make sure the coast is clear. Imagine the size of the shoe that could come flying his way if she sees him! I guess the problem is the same if he's small and it's an elf shoe coming his way... everything is a matter of scale.

Jewel Thief is acrylic on heritage breed turkey feather. The inside edge of the bronzed wood frame measures 6x13 inches.
Lion Portrait
Lion Portrait: I have cats on my mind, so it's no surprise that this is what my creative mojo wanted me to paint. This benevolent king of all the beasts is acrylic on turkey feather. You can tell he's a king lion by the citrine necklace he wears... not just any lion has a treasure like that. Lion Portrait's substantial golden frame measures 4x6 inches on the inside edge. The accents are faceted citrines.
Peridot Dragon Portrait
This original is titled Peridot Dragon Portrait. A friendly peridot toned dragon shows off her three shiny genuine peridots as she poses for the viewer. Acrylic on turkey feather. The inside edge of the frame (the edge inside the canvas liner) is 4x6 inches. Inspired by and painted "because I felt like it." That's my official artist's statement on this piece. Good enough reason as any for a summer's day!
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 Hearts
This original was inspired by its playing card and dice patterned frame and by my need to paint something lighthearted and just a little silly. Queen of Hearts is the first of two paintings since I had two frames. Next up will be Queen of Spades. This piece is acrylic on turkey feather. Please note that after it was scanned, I gave her a toy mouse to hold with the flowers, so the unframed feather scan is not the final version. The framed picture shows the completed piece, which has two small ruby accents. The frame measures 5x7 inches on the inside edge.
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. 
Sapphire Dragon Fly
This little guy is Sapphire Dragon Fly, and he's making off with a necklace that has two faceted sapphires. This piece is acrylic on turkey feather and is simply framed in black. The inside edge of the frame measures 5x7 inches. He tells me that his name really should be "Spicy Blue." There have been other sapphire dragon flies, but there's only one Spicy Blue. You get to pick the title if you get him.
Snow Princess
Snow Princess - a lady and her snow leopard go for a walk in a wintry landscape. I chose a substantial silver frame to further create the sense of an environment for it. The frame is slightly heavy and is large even though it measures 5x7 on the inside edge. The accents are white topaz, blue topaz, tanzanite and a moonstone, although the moonstone (in the lady's hand) looks bluish because of the paint behind it.
Treasure Collector
I like painting dragons with treasure. All my critters that steal shiny things or find shiny things need a place to put them- a place where they can enjoy them in private and have a sense of satisfaction for lucky finds and jobs well done. They want a place to not think about fiat currency, central banks or the price of precious metal. They love their shinies even if the price of gold per ounce is down. Shinies are beautiful, and that's the real reason that this bronze dragon loves them.

Treasure Collector is painted on heritage breed turkey feathers. He's hidden and safe behind the thorny brambles of the frame, which measures 8x12 inches on the inside edge. His treasures include fiber optic glass catseyes, garnets, amethyst, onyx and an emerald and a ruby, plus mountains of painted golden coins.
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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