It has been a long time since I posted here. I have not been idle by any means, just “otherwise occupied”. No long excuses, just time to resume and catch up.
Today I am featuring a portrait I have painted and stitched of my 28 year old Dusky Conure Daphne. Daphne began her life with us as a birthday present for our then 10 year old daughter Courtney. I hand fed her, have been her caretaker, and she has been my buddy ever since; out-living all our other pets. She is opinionated, bossy, and hostile to those not willing be a true friend (meaning she bites first). She keeps “young” and active playing with her toys and shredding cardboard cereal boxes.
My inspiration photo was one of a few taken by my photographer daughter Stephanie ( http://sdkphoto.com/ ) of Daphne. I began the portrait in class with fiber artist and friend Lura Schwartz Smith–a very inspirational teacher ( http://lura-art.com/ ). Working with inks and colored pencils on whole printed background fabric, her portrait came to life. I machine and hand stitched her feathers and my hand.