Where does she get her feathers from?
The majority are found on her daily dog walks in the countryside, others are collected by her friends and followers.
How long does it take to paint a feather? You may well ask “How long is a piece of string?”
Not only is each feather she works on completely unique, so is each painting she paints. You can be sure that 100% of attention to detail goes into each and every painting, along with a big dose of heart and soul.
What made Mandi choose feathers to paint on?
That’s a long story, which you can read via the button below. ….but who doesn’t love a feather???
Mandi’s Brag Book
This is Mandi’s version of that little photo album that our grandmothers proudly carry about in their handbags, bursting with photos of their grandchildren.
It contains her artworks that got the most ‘oohs and aaahhs’ at events; received most likes and shares on Facebook; were selected into juried exhibitions; sold as soon as they were finished and those very special pieces chosen by esteemed judges to win an award.
Did your favourite make the cut?
Ink Art Portfolio
The Feather Lady Finds Ink….
When lockdown hit, I dived headlong into painting my favourite birds on feathers, making the most of every moment.
As one by one, every exhibition and event I had planned for the year was being cancelled, I soon became despondent and my desire to paint dried up. With no physical exhibitions to work towards and en ever-increasing portfolio of paintings building up, there seemed little point in picking up a brush.
Painting came to a halt but I took solace in my garden, became reacquainted with my camera and indulged my creative impulses through photography. Immersing myself in the wildlife on my local patch, I spent the Summer months gathering some great new reference material and made lots of wonderful memories too.
I came across a free online art course, which I thought might be fun – it turned out to be quite inspirational, rekindling working processes and techniques I used way back in my college days…this sparked a new venture back into the world of abstraction! Playing and experimenting with marks, colours and textures without the expectation of creating a ‘finished painting’ was liberating.
During my experimentation, I discovered a medium I hadn’t come across before (I’d ordered a bottle by mistake) – Alcohol Inks – and I‘ve been playing with them to find out what they’re capable of….Suddenly birds began to reappear in my paintings….bright, fluid, colourful birds with a hint of abstract!!! I’m having so much fun using these inks – it’s early days yet, as I’m sure there are many more effects to achieve with them, but for now, I’m loving every minute. Here are some of my first attempts using alcohol inks, I hope you like them…because there will be lots more to come – and don’t worry, there will be more feathers too…!!!