|watercolor on paper|
12" x 16"
"Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful "eye" markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird's back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.
It is the national bird of India, and has several references in Indian myths, legends and religious scriptures.
The background design is done with a resist/masking technique in warm colors to showcase the purples and blues on the body of the bird.
This year i have 3 commissions for peacock paintings, so i am going to paint several paintings of peacocks in various sizes. This is the first one!
Sold to The Lowell Community Health Center via the Art Up program.
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