Favourite birds

The peacock

The blue Indian peacock have captivated people for centuries. In his native country he is the steed of the God of war, kartikeya (to the worshipers of Shiva) and he is  known as mayura in sanskrit, meaning “killer of snakes”.

It is not only India who has fabled the peacock as Westerns commonly used it in their design of the phoenix, the Chinese the Fenghuang’s tail. But Ancient Greeks linked the whole bird to the goddess Hera.  In their version of the peacock’s origin, it was from her servant Argus (who was a many eyed cyclops), that the peacock had eyes on it’s train.

It happened through her trying to protect a cow from Zeus by having Argus watch the beast.  But Zeus wanted her (like he did with many woman, much to his wife’s dislike) and Gods like him normally got what they wanted in those tales. He got to her by ordering Hermes to slay Argus, on which he succeeded with a stone and the dead giant’s eyes were then placed onto the peacock’s train by Hera. Thus that’s how they interpreted the peacock strange eye spots.

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In my free time at College, I did my own peacock watercolour. I tried to get away from a blue sky as the head would not have stood out that much, so I did a bright sunny gold sky (the suns rays through the foliage).

I was happy about this picture as it looked like a peacock and although it was my first time with a peacock train, it wasn’t too bad. If I was to do it again I would have done the train better and with shadow and would have had less green at the bottom of the page so it would stand out more. there was a minor mistake with this picture and it was that the blue smudged into the white paper and when I tried to cover it with paint it ripped the surface a little.

I tackled the eyes of the tail by first mapping them out with the blue centre. Then filling in the pale pink of it and then circling the whole eye spots in bright green than dark.  I feathered them bright green, than the whole train turquoise before finally adding the dark green feathers.

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