Ravishing Roosters and Perky Pigeons Populate Sarah Suplina’s Vibrant Flock of Paper Birds


Rooster. All photos © Sarah Suplina, shared with permission

Drawing on nature’s vibrant patterns, Sarah Suplina replicates the radiant feathers and beady eyes of a wide range of birds. The Connecticut-based artist crafts detailed, lifelike animal portraits of species that she selects for his or her distinctive plumage and expressions, portray on frivolously textured watercolor paper to realize the vivid hues of chickens, geese, and songbirds. “I like the delicate worth and coloration surprises that I get with watercolors,” she says, utilizing the medium to increase gradients and contrasts that reveal richness and depth.

Taking round six to 10 hours to finish, every chook presents its personal intricacies and hurdles. “I discovered the delicate tonal colours of doves to be difficult to seize appropriately,” Suplina says. She usually selects birds at random, however her environment present a relentless supply for concepts. One collection titled Yard Beauties captures people noticed out her kitchen window, and her present undertaking Dove Love focuses on pigeons and doves she sees round her neighborhood and through walks all through New York Metropolis. “Birds are so stuffed with character and variations, and they’re an artist’s dream to create, particularly with paper,” she says.

Suplina’s work might be featured within the forthcoming guide Stitched Journeys with Birds: Inspiration to Let Your Creativity Take Flightscheduled for publication in September from Schiffer Craft. You’ll find intricate originals and prints in her Etsy store and on Society6. Discover her web site to be taught extra about her work, and discover updates on Instagram.



Wooden Hen


Floor Dove


Mourning Doves




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