I was blown away like a feather when I saw these incredibly detailed and realistic pet portraits of beautiful animals painted onto real feathers. What a great way to celebrate the animal kingdom these gorgeous art works are! Alabama based artist Krystle Missildine (Facebook; Instagram) has been making quite a name for herself with these stunning examples of her work. Take a look at some of the very best pet portraits you’re ever likely to see.
Rose on a blue and gold macaw feather
Krystle Missildine was always in love with making her own art works, even before she turned her attention to painting feathers.
European Robin on a blue and gold macaw feather
Red Panda on a blue and gold macaw feather
Although this unusual canvas presents problems for her – building up layers of paint is quite a challenge – she finds the process thoroughly exciting.
Tiger on a wild turkey feather
Silky the Cat on a wild turkey feather
Such delicate fragile feathers require a lot of care, forcing Krystle to paint with minute precision and accuracy.
Boston Terrier on a military macaw feather
Double Yellow Headed Amazon Parrot on an amazon parrot tail feather
She herself owns five pet birds from which she acquires the feathers that are painted in acrylic with extremely tiny brushes.
Clown fish and anemone on a blue and gold macaw feather
Acrylic paintings on macaw feathers
Krystle is already renowned for her pencil and charcoal pet portraits, but now you can actually commission custom painted feathers from her too.
Boston Terrier on a hyacinth macaw feather
Rainbow Lorikeet on a macaw feather
The key to her work is that she absolutely loves it. She says she is ‘so excited to see what the future has in store for me on this artistic journey.’
Working on a feather painting in progress
BONUS: Watch a fascinating time-lapse video of the artist at work.