Our kitchen steps and step stools fold away easily and are lightweight to use, but are solid enough to make you feel safe when you use them. But today it’s the light weight part we are going to be taking a look at. Now we don’t know what you lot think but when we hear “lightweight” we think maybe a bag of sugar, or maybe some feathers! Now the fact is that there isn’t a kitchen step or any step ladders in the whole world that only weigh as much as a feather! But maybe one or two that are a useful as them. Maybe it’s time we took a look at just how amazing feathers can actually be!
Today we are just jumping on the bus because we are only going up the road. We are going to take a look at the mind blowing work of British artist Ian Davey
Each individual piece can take up to a week to complete, but Ian Davey’s delicate feather paintings really are something special to look at. The 46-year-old artist, who lives in a converted farmhouse in Snowdonia National Park, Wales, paints on swan feathers collected from a nearby swannery. He only uses feathers that naturally fall on the ground during the birds’ annual shedding period and starts the artistic process by cleaning and individually straightening them with tweezers.
He always draws a sketch of what he means to paint on the feather, because he only has a one-foot-long, three-inches-wide canvas to work with so he has to know exactly what goes where. He applies a primer and works with a special acrylic paint that protects the feather. To nail the most detailed parts, Ian uses a specialized 000-size brush.
Incredibly enough, Ian Davey first picked up a brush six years ago. He started out with a traditional canvas and discovered he had a talent for painting, but it wasn’t until he traveled to New Zealand, where he also met his wife Tracey, that he discovered his real calling – painting on swan feathers. It was here that he got to see the beautiful feather art of the Maori, and realized he had seen hundreds of bird feathers in Wales, all of them blank canvases. Now he is well-respected in the art world and his works sell for thousands of pounds.
…thousands of pounds?!? Time to put those kitchen steps away and strip that pigeon we think!
Pictures by Ian Davey
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