You might remember, back in 2012, that Colin attempted two major pin-feather paintings, each comprising five different species of bird on a single sheet of paper. He called them his ‘Olympic Challenge‘, as he was painting them during the London Olympics of 2012.
Four years later (just by coincidence) it’s another Olympic year – and time for another challenge!
Colin always had it in the back of his mind to attempt a goose-feather painting, but getting hold of some of the pin-feathers proved a lengthy job.
But persistence pays off, and he managed to collect the pin-feathers of four goose species: barnacle, greylag, white-fronts and pink-feet. These have now all come together in a beautiful painting, with pencil sketches in between and a central woodcock against a wintry background of birch trees and mountains.
It’s impossible to describe the struggle he had with the pin-feathers this time, as they were big and very difficult to manoeuvre. He only ever uses one pin-feather for each individual painting, and in this case, with a couple of the geese, he only had one feather available to choose from.
The entire painting is shown above, and here are some close-ups of the individual images.
He’s relieved that it is over, although he secretly enjoys the risk. Back to using a paintbrush for a while now!
Images copyright © Colin Woolf