Grouse pin-feather painting © Colin Woolf

For those of you who are following the progress of Colin’s latest challenge, which is painting five game birds each with its respective pin-feather, here is an update…

He has just finished the red grouse image, and this is shown above.  I am used to seeing Colin’s ‘miracles’ in progress on a daily basis, but even I am completely blown away by this.  The richness and subtleties of colour in the background, the perspective, the detail in the heather, not to mention the grouse themselves, have all been created using one tiny, infuriating little grouse pin-feather which you can see in the bottom of the picture.   I don’t think anyone has even attempted this before, let alone succeeded to this degree.

Coming up next:  black grouse.  Stay tuned!