Colin has now finished his amazing pin-feather challenge, in which he has painted, against all the odds, five game birds – red grouse, black grouse, capercaillie, ptarmigan and woodcock – each with its own pin-feather.
The painting is now framed, and looks magnificent. The individual pin-feathers used to paint the birds have been inserted into the watercolour paper, underneath each image, and there are pencil drawings dotted in between.
You might think that Colin would be needing a rest from feather-painting – but his success with this picture has led him on to begin another, similar painting which will (hopefully!) comprise grey partridge, pheasant, teal, snipe and woodcock. You can see the start that he has made on the grey partridge if you go to the Latest Paintings section of his website. The partridge feather is currently giving him a fair amount of grief!
This second picture will complete Colin’s original aim of painting nine British game birds with their own pin-feathers. These will be totally unique paintings, and by their nature they are just about unrepeatable. As I’ve said before, we are certain that no one has ever been skilled enough – or mad enough! – to attempt this kind of picture, and in terms of Colin’s achievement as an artist they will be among the ‘landmarks’.
So what will we think of next? Well, we’re hatching an idea right now! We’re planning to publish a new book about woodcock and pin-feather painting, shining a little gentle light on this elusive bird, and tracing the development of Colin’s pin-feather painting from its unlikely beginnings right through to his most recent works. There will be a collectors’ edition, and we’re still considering all the possibilities of binding and presentation.
We have by no means forgotten about the sequel to ‘Daring to Fly‘; this is taking shape in terms of text and picture content, and I’m excited about it already. There will be more news later this year or early next. Meanwhile, the time seems ripe for a book on woodcock, and we’re taking this idea further while it is fresh in both our minds.