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Painting: Oil on Canvas.
The Rio Grande Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo intermedia) has a unique 'drip-castle' type of head, made of a myriad skin-bulges - and creases, giving it his raw, red, intense appearance. Above it's sharp-pointed beak, rises - at 90 degrees (perpendicularly) - a so-called snood (small 'horn').
I love painting, patiently and precisely, bump by bump, brush-stroke by brush-stroke, the intricate detail of his delicate wattles and caruncles (his skin folds). Thus, slowly, almost imperceptibly, the little lumps integrate more and more into a whole: the actual head of this feisty bird.
The painting comes without a frame. I always paint the sides of the work, so that the scene carries over to the edges. This way there is the option of not framing. I also wire my paintings. Thus, the work is totally finished and ready to hang.
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