Ian Davie's Feather Art

English artist Ian Davie has a unique canvas for his artwork: discarded swan quills. His feather drawings are absolutely fantastic:

Using feathers collected during the regal birds' annual moult from a swannery near to his home, Ian has spent the past four years perfecting his craft.

After cleaning the often dirty quills and individually straightening them out with tweezers, Mr Davie, 44, who lives in a converted farmhouse in Snowdonia National Park, Wales, then begins the arduous process of painting onto the swans discarded feathers.

He said: 'I already have sketched what I want to achieve before the painting begins.

'I only have a canvas that is around one foot long and around three inches wide so I have to know exactly the course my painting will take.

Link | Ian Davie's website (Photo: Ian Davie / Barcroft Media)


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"I only have a canvas that is around one foot long and around three inches wide so I have to know exactly the course my painting will take."

Sniff, that is so... it's just so.... so REAL. I mean who'd a thought about planning their work out before beginning.

Man, that guys not a Artist - he's a Prophet or a Poet or a Poet Prophet.

I think everyone (engineers, architects, rocket scientists, heroin junkies, unwed mothers, etc) could all have a better life if they would just follow this wise mans lead and PLAN AHEAD.

Whoever said life imitates art wasn't just spinning daisy's.
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While his art is very nice this is nothing new. There are plenty of countries around the world that produce these by the truckload and sell them in tourist shops. I picked one up in Costa Rica of a red and blue poison dart frog.
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