Saturday, March 5, 2011

Painting the Peacock

Recently, I had the privilege of painting one of the most exotic and flamboyant of birds, the peacock.  This was a commissioned work that was intended to hang in a client's study.   She was basing her entire room around the colors in a peacock - the golds, teals, blues, and greens - and this painting was to be a focal point.  A lifelong lover of rock-n-roll, this client would also accompany the painting with framed rock album covers hanging nearby.  I knew this piece had to be fun, dramatic, and energetic.  I used a variety of photos from the internet as references to create a piece that was truly my own.

Here is the finished painting, which is an oil on canvas, measuring 24"x30"

oil on canvas, 24"x30"

closeup 1

closeup 2


Heidi said...

This is beautiful, Susanna! I love the perspective and colors. I'm working on a painting right now, too, but I am just an amateur.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for the epsom salt tip - I'll give it a shot.

Emerald Window said...

My daughter would LOVE this! She's a peacock person. I am so envious of your ability to paint. I am not artistic that way.

Susanna Pantas said...

Thank you both very much! Working on this peacock painting was very challenging, but it felt great to step back and admire the finished piece!

Paula said...

Beautiful work!