Pin-feather painting update: Capercaillie

Spurred by the success of his red grouse and black grouse pin-feather images, Colin has gone with the flow and made a start on the capercaillie.

I think most people would have been ever so slightly put off by the size of the feather!   It doesn’t look like a pin-feather at all – it’s long, broad and rounded at the end whereas most pin-feathers are small and sharply tapered.  I would challenge anyone to paint a straight line with it.

Colin had to create a special holder for the capercaillie feather, because it wouldn’t fit into the custom-made holder that he normally uses.

I’ve no idea how he has managed to paint the bird’s eye, let alone leave a miniscule white dot in the iris.  The red eye stripe has worked well, and there is a lovely iridescence in the plumage.   Now that the facial details are out of the way, he is relaxing just a bit.

Here are two photos of the work in progress.  The feather in the holder to the left is from a red grouse, to give an idea of the size difference.

Capercaillie in progress (1) © Colin Woolf

Capercaillie in progress (2) © Colin Woolf

More details can be found on Colin’s website under Latest Paintings.


  1. Now really, that just doesn’t seem possible! Is there anything he can’t paint with?!

  2. Wonderful talent!

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