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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