A Beak Full
Perched above the still water of the river, four young Kingfishers balance upon an arched twig emerging from the water. Luckily for them, the river is breaming with small fish, a good thing as a single young Kingfisher will eat up to 18 fish a day. They watch their parents dive into the water, learning all the skills they will need for hunting. The mother flies in towards them, her beak holding a freshly caught minnow. The young call to her as she gets ready to drop the fish into one begging beak. After four days of leaving the nest, these young Kingfishers will have to fend for themselves.
A number of techniques and mediums were used in the creation of this piece. The background is fabric painted and the kingfishers and twig were achieved through quilting, applique and free hand embroidery. These techniques create the different textures from the soft warm feathers to the rippled water. Unfortunately, the three-dimensional relief doesn't show particularly well in the photos, so please take a look at the depth of the piece to get an idea of the overall effect.
Measures: In Frame:
Height: 25.5cm Height: 38.5m
Width: 30.5cm Width: 43.2m
Depth: 2.5cm Depth: 3.5cm
This piece has been professionally framed, with a white mount and white wood grain box frame, with glass. It is ready to hang.