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Issue 87 - November 2008 - Page 9

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. One Wing Plane Landing - Best Air Race Pilot Ever Video
  2. Tammy Burned Dog Email Petition
  3. SMS Advance Fee Prize Scam
  4. Door To Hell Gas Fire Photographs
  5. Denmark Whaling Shame Protest Email
  6. Fidel Castro Sector Zero Virus Warning
  7. Babysitting Overpayment Scam
  8. Home in A Garbage Truck
  9. Painted Feather Images
  10. Obama Malware Emails
  11. Exxon Mobil International Award Advance Fee Scam
  12. House Removal Bridge Accident Photographs
  13. News From Japan - Update on Banking Crisis (Joke)

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Painted Feather Images

Summary:
Circulating email contains a series of photographs depicting wonderfully detailed feather paintings (Full commentary below).



Status:
Photographs and the paintings they depict are genuine

Example:(Submitted, October 2008)
Subject: FW: I Wonder How Long It Takes To Paint a Feather"

This is awesome!

Feather Painting 1

Feather Painting 2

Feather Painting 3

Feather Painting 4

Feather Painting 5

Paintings by Julie Thompson. A number of other feather painting photographs included in the original email have been omitted from this example.




Commentary:
This collection of photographs of painted feathers circulates via email and is also a popular blog and forum topic. Some have suggested that the images are not photographs of genuine paintings but instead were created in a digital image program such as Photoshop.

However, although the feather paintings shown in the photographs are certainly extraordinary, they are perfectly real. They are the work of talented artist, Julie Thompson. The feather painting photographs were apparently taken from Julie Thompson's website and circulated via email without the permission or knowledge of the artist. Unfortunately, the email does not include the name of the artist, so she does not receive the credit she deserves for her work. A statement on the artist's website notes:
NOTE TO SEARCHERS: If you have received an email with Painted Feathers in it and have been searching for their origins, this is it! I have no idea who began that email, or why it would be sent without a link or name. You will find those feathers from the email within this site, and so many others... welcome!
Many wonderful feather paintings, including those in the email, are available for viewing on Julie Thompson's website. The artist explains:
I began painting feathers back in 1990, purely as a means of putting to use all the broad sturdy wing feathers that my mother's peacocks would shed. I had never seen this done before, but knowing the bonding properties of acrylic paint, I thought it was a feasable experiment. I began with simple subject matters like pictographs and still-lifes, but soon that grew to a very broad range of subject matter.
The feather paintings also feature in a video clip of folk singer Gordon Lightfoot's song "Cherokee Bend".



References:
Featherlady Studio: The wildlife art of Northwest artist Julie Thompson
About the Artist
Cherokee Bend - Gordon Lightfoot V54

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Issue 87 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. One Wing Plane Landing - Best Air Race Pilot Ever Video
  2. Tammy Burned Dog Email Petition
  3. SMS Advance Fee Prize Scam
  4. Door To Hell Gas Fire Photographs
  5. Denmark Whaling Shame Protest Email
  6. Fidel Castro Sector Zero Virus Warning
  7. Babysitting Overpayment Scam
  8. Home in A Garbage Truck
  9. Painted Feather Images
  10. Obama Malware Emails
  11. Exxon Mobil International Award Advance Fee Scam
  12. House Removal Bridge Accident Photographs
  13. News From Japan - Update on Banking Crisis (Joke)