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Beautiful showy Peacock

White Peacock

Not long ago I visited Blackbrook Zoo in Staffordshire, and amongst the other animals were many Peacocks in their mating finery, all displaying magnificent long tails.

I was particularly taken by the only white Peacock, and waited for ages until he finally deigned to display his tail to full effect.

Peacock papercut

It gave me the idea to start a new piece of work in hand-cut papercut.
I envisage painting a background in the colours of the blue/green birds, with a slightly three-dimensional white papercut over the top, showing the colours through the holes.
With so many layers of feathers with "eyes", this is likely to be a long job, and I shall probably work on it in between other paintings - hopefully I shall be finished by the autumn!