Birds of a Feather Exhibit: Galah Cockatoo
Galah Cockatoo, Gilda Goodwin
“This has been a lot of fun! I have always wanted to felt this variety of cockatoo. I fell in love with the Galah / Rose Breasted Cockatoo the moment I saw newly hatched ones (which looked like large beaked blobs). A breeder of Poultry and friend started to raise them and incubating them with cochins. I watched them grow and develop into the cutest, sweetest and most loving parrots. I’ve been attached to the pink fluffy birds since.
Using colors I only had on hand, I made a little girl denoted by the red eye color. Eye is glass and painted with a metallic red. Eye ring was a soft warm grey MC-1 sample [Winter gray] I used triple 14 gauge wire for the armature. Sculpted the beak and nails from polymer clay of white a tad of black and some ecru. sculpted over foil and wire . At the tip I only used transparent clay. A blend of MC-1 Powder Pink and Cx-2 Winter White for her crest. Individual crest feathers are wired with 26 gauge. The pink body is MC-1 Orchid Pink.
The grey flight, coverts and tail feathering are a blend ranging from light to dark wet felted using Merino Lily White, Oliphant (my favorite) and Carbon…. I also wired individual feathers for the tail wrapped the wire with Black Onyx. Toes are wrapped with MC-1 Birch and nails are black, white and transparent clay on wire.
Her tongue was a heather pink/purple from LF. All wool was from LF [Living Felt].”
Gilda Hoffman Goodwin, Maryland