~----FEATHERLADY STUDIO - THE ART OF JULIE THOMPSON---~
© 2016 Julie Thompson All Rights Reserved.
Recent Feather Paintings - 2014 to Present
"How Long Does It Take To Paint a Feather?" You may have seen this email header come through your inbox. Or perhaps it had something to do with "God's Wings". A viral email containing quite a number of my painted feathers has been roaming the internet since mid-2008. I know that's when it began, because that's when the flood of emails began, as well as a record number of website visits through Google searches. I don't know who sent that initial email, or why he or she would send it without my name or my website, but if it was that email that brought you here, welcome! You came to the right place. :)
I began painting feathers back in 1990, purely as a means of using all the sturdy wing feathers that my mother's peacocks would shed in the hot summer months. The iridescent neck and tail feathers are always highly sought after, but the much plainer wing feathers would languish in the yard, under the sun. It seemed such a waste to let them turn to fertilizer, so I began collecting the freshly shed ones and tried a little acrylic paint. It worked! And quite well, too. The first designs were simple things like Native Southwest pictographs, and then later graduating to still lifes, basic animals, and eventually moving on to everything imagineable. I am constantly seeking to push the boundaries of what I can pull off within the confines of a feather. It's a never-ending process of learning and exploration.
Is feather painting something that interests you? I have taught my techniques personally, one-on-one and in group workshops. In the near future though, I plan to begin a series of online tutorials. The venue for that, though, is yet to be set in stone. Watch this space - as these come available, I'll let you know.