Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Parrot Peek-a-Boo

Parrot Peek-a-Boo (25 x 20.25") by Susan Brubaker Knapp

This is Parrot Peek-a-Boo, a piece featured in my upcoming book, Point, Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art. It is scheduled for release in mid July.

I took the photo on which this piece is based (below) at Silver Springs in Ocala, Florida, a few years ago. We were on a family vacation, and my husband had gone there as a child, and remembered it fondly. We took the glass bottom boat trip out into the “99.8% pure waters” of the Silver River, where you can see straight to the bottom. 
The park also has animal displays, where I found these affectionate parrots playing peek-a-boo:

Original photo by Susan Brubaker Knapp
I eliminated the background because I thought it would focus attention better on the parrots. There is a ton of thread sketching on this piece to make the feathers look dimensional and to add the cool wrinkles on the birds’ faces. I just love the bright colors of these Blue-and-Yellow Macaws.

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  1. Beautiful piece and quilting, really love the shades you used.


  2. Your work is just fabulous! I know this book will be in my library:)

  3. Thanks so much, Jenna Louise. I just checked out your blog, and I love your portraits. They are great!

  4. k, that is crazy how identical it looks like the photo! You are simply super talented.

  5. As I was born in Ocala, grew up visiting Silver Springs, and my sister has lived outside of Silver Springs for decades -- had to comment. This parrot is fabulous. Did you know that Tarzan movies were filmed at Silver Springs? My mother (now 80yrs) also visited the springs for her HS class graduation celebration. It was free then! Luckily it has remained a clean, clear, protected river.

  6. Susan, I LOVE your work and am so happy to hear that you have a book coming out! Congratulations.


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