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.
$275.00
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.
$150.00
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. 
$375.00
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.
$150.00
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
$145.00
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!
$125.00
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.
$235.00
Oak Dragon Flies
Oak Dragon Flies is titled after the predominant color of the flittery wings of the dragonlings, and the brown of the turkey feather they're painted on. I have no idea how many kinds of dragon flies there are in my fantasy world. At the minimum, it's a whole lot. The wing patterns may be like fingerprints - each dragon is unique. But one thing is in common to all of them... they like treasure. One of these little critters has an orange sapphire, one has a tanzanite and one an amethyst.

Oak Dragon Flies measures just 5x7 inches on the inside edge of the frame. I think 3 is probably the maximum amount of these little guys that can fit on one small feather.
$165.00
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!
$145.00
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.
$300.00
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.
$165.00
Yin and Yang Fairy Cats
Yin and Yang - This original is really two pieces, but they make up a single idea - faery cat opposites. Both cats are on turkey feathers. Both are triple matted to 5x7 on the inside edge of the frames. The black cat has a moonstone accent and the white cat has a black star diopside.
$275.00
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