Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Phillip: A Eugoogly...



This really hasn't been a good week for birds at Craggis Cottage.  First we had Reubengate, which if you missed it you can find out about here, and now our beautiful feathered friend, Phillip, is missing, presumed dead.

Last Friday, he got in a big fight with some of the other male pheasants over mating rights with the ladies. He injured his foot  - it was swollen and he was limping badly but still making it over to his little spot at the fence for his dinner when he saw us shaking the seed bag and calling to him.



On Saturday and Sunday his limp got worse and the young contenders to his alpha male title were circling him like little colourful vultures, trying to steal his ladies and taunting him because he wasn't able to stand on both feet.  He valiantly tried to keep fighting them off. On Sunday evening, like defensive parents, we shooed them away so Phillip and his ladies could enjoy a meal in peace. That, sadly, was the last time we saw poor Phillip alive. 

I started my new job on Monday, he wasn't around before I left in the morning and still hadn't appeared in the evening when I got home. However, the other male pheasants had started hanging around his spot along with his ladies which gave us a sense of impending doom as to his well-being. 



We didn't know for certain that Phillip has shuffled off this mortal coil, however, we feared the worst, that either he had succumbed to the infection in his foot (I had wondered if I could take him into the re-homing centre, for the vet to have a look at, if I could've caught him but, alas, it is not to be) or had been too slow getting across the road from the woodland where they roost to the fields where he entertained his ladies. 



Then, on Wednesday, when I was driving back from the re-homing centre, I saw a pheasant lying in the middle of the road in our village. He'd obviously not long been knocked down. I couldn't leave him lying there to be squished into the tarmac, so I pulled over and lifted him onto the footpath. As I set him down (checking to make sure he was definitely no longer with us as there were no obvious injuries) I noticed that his right foot was badly swollen - I can't be certain, as surely Phillip wasn't the only pheasant in the village with a sore foot, but my heart sank a little with the knowledge that it quite possibly was our little feathered friend.

So, sadly, my latest painting has turned into a memorial of the lovely Phillip, taken from us too soon. Still, at least he wasn't shot by some arrogant twonk with a need to prove either their masculinity or their aristocratic bloodline and ended up on someone's dinner table.  

As for my painting - the colours are more vibrant and the blue is more teal in real life than I was able to capture on the camera.  Also I've ordered a bottle of medium which you mix with acrylics for a pearlescent effect which should hopefully bring out the shimmery beauty of Phillip's feathers. 

Here are the stages he went through:


Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8 - Final 

In case you've never seen Zoolander (if not, rent it right now, it's the funniest film ever) and are wondering what a Eugoogly is, this is one of my favourite quotes which will lighten the mood after my rather depressing post.

'I thought you were going to tell me what a bad eugoogalizer I am.'

'A what?'

'A eugoogalizer.  One who speaks at funerals.  Or did you think I'd be too stupid to know what a eugoogly was?'


I'm linking up, as always, with Paint Party Friday (just a little bit early this week) and thanks to everyone again for popping by and leaving such lovely comments.

41 comments:

  1. Holy Moly!!!!this is such a wonderful painting!!! I think this is my favorite style of yours!!! it is pure magic!!!! lovely work Nic!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Diana, I think this is my favourite style to do!

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  2. He looks so regal and intense. The pointillism also gives him a sort of ephemeral aura, as if to say life is short. It's a wonderful painting and thanks for sharing the story and caring enough to pick him up out of road. I'm looking forward to seeing Zoolander now.

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  3. Poor Phillip... but lovely that he is forever immortalized... I really like seeing the progression of your work... it is fabulous to see the stages... and i am adopting the term Twonk... it is a new one for me but I am going to use it mercilessly from now on... xx

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  4. Awwww... poor dear Philip and the (admittedly tough) cycle of life! If only he could have know that he was made famous (by an excellent artist) even before his departure:-) I love your tenderness towards our feathered and 4 footed friends!

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  5. Oh my goodness! I was so looking forward to seeing this painting in its finished state, but it comes with such a sad story! Poor Phillip.... :( It is a beautiful painting and now the world can see what beautiful birds pheasants are when they are alive, the colours are so vibrant and your style of painting depicts this so well.

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  6. Beautiful tribute, lovely painting! And great post, you are a great eugoogalizer! :)

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  7. Lovely painting sad he is no longer around, he was a handsome fellow.
    Merle............

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  8. RIP Phillip.Lovely painting and memorial! Hope the job's going well x

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  9. terrific tribute to Phillip, I love this style of painting of yours.
    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. Oh poor Phillip..He will be missed..Lovely painting of him tho. HPPF

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  11. Phillip looks magnificent...your art and love for him has made his memories eternal ... beautiful style and lovely colors :)

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  12. Ohhhh no poor Phillip!! So sorry for the passing of Phillip! You made a beautiful tribute for him though! I missed seeing your paintings! Happy PPF!

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  13. Oooooh dear - RIP Phillip :-(
    Such a lovely painting to remember him by though. This is my fave of your styles :-)
    Happy PPF.
    IKE xxxx

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  14. What a wonderful painting of Philip. I love the way you have used dots to make up the colours:) so sad that he is no longer with us:( Hope you're enjoying your new job. Happy PPF

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  15. Wonderful tribute to the dear phillip...you have kept his dear bird spirit alive with your beautiful skills and words! Stunning painting!! You always manage to entertain us with your country stories!

    Hug Giggles

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  16. Poor Phillip, that is really sad story. An amazing painting to capture him forever.

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  17. Oh nature can be cruel sometimes. Poor Phillip. Fantastic painting of him. I love the pointillism approach. Great textures and colours.

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  18. i love your homage to phillip...beautiful work...happy ppc

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  19. Oh that is so sad .... And then Reubengate on top of that! You're surely seeing proof of nature being cruel .... But your painting turned out great! This is a beautiful style for these paintings!

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  20. At least Phillip was truly appreciated and celebrated for a while before leaving the Earth. And as you said, he didn't end up as some Twonk's dinner.
    Your painting is beautiful.

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  21. Hi Nic. I love your Phillip and the steps. You do such wonderful work with all those dots. That's a lot of work. Love it! I also loved your joke, hahaha.:) Have a great weekend. Sorry about Phillip.

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  22. Oh no, I am so sorry to hear about Phillip going missing. Your painting is the perfect way to remember him. Hugs! HPPF!

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  23. RIP Phillp but now you have his portrait to remember him by. Hope the new job is going well. Happy PPF

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  24. Touching and heartbreaking story about Phillip but your painting and the different stages of it...beatiful! What a lovely tribute.

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  25. Awesome memorial to Phillip, Nicola.

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  26. I'm very sorry to hear about poor Phillip. This painting is amazing, though! I love it and enjoyed seeing your process.

    Rita

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  27. HUgs sweet friend...sending thoughts of love and peace to you and your beautiful Phillip..and hoping you hear or see what might have happened..maybe Phillip is still somewhere!! Magnificent art..gorgeous tribute..your talent always astounds me..such potent beauty in every drop of paint! You are a magicianess with a brush!
    Victoria

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  28. Love love Phillip. Great way to remember him. Happy PPF.

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  29. He is so well done! Really original and bright colored piece! Poor Phillip...you tell your stories so well, what a busy time you have up there, you have honored him so well with this gorgeous painting!

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  30. Oh so sad,I do hope there might be a trickle of hope that he maybe alright and return back to you. You've immortalized him forever in this gorgeous portrait; Luv his vibrant colour and profile.
    Beautiful Nic!
    Thanks for sharing him with us.

    Annabelle O,O

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  31. You've honored the valiant Phillip well!! Beautiful painting!!

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  32. Poor Phillip! What a sad story. So good that you made this painting and can remember him this way.

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  33. Oh my gosh - what a lovely painting and what a bittersweet story. I do love the idea that you created this beautiful memorial to Philip. HPPF

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  34. Oh poor Phillip! Never met him, but he sounds like a wonderful little guy.... What a beautiful tribute! I enjoyed the story and the WIP

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  35. Poor Phillip, I feel as though I knew him now from your post. You are right about the alternative to their demise though, I don't approve of that either.

    All the best with your new job, hope you enjoy it.

    Still having the same issue with blogger...again your blog didn't show up on the Up to date list...at least I am aware of that and will look out for your posts.

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  36. Nic, you have a wonderful way with words. I am so sorry to hear about Phillip. Your painting is a perfect way to remember him. The colors are wonderful and I really enjoyed watching it emerge step by step. Thank you so much for sharing the process.

    Your story of the couple driving with the top down in the rain made me laugh. We have people who do that in the states as well. I don't ride in the rain on purpose but I have gotten caught in a downpour once or twice. When I first got my car I picked up a friend to go for a quick ride. The sun was shining and everything was perfect. We stopped for a red light and out of nowhere the clouds opened up and it was like someone threw a huge bucket of water on us. I am sure that everyone in their cars with a real roof died laughing watching us. Just as quickly as it started to rain it stopped, but we were soaked. It made for lots of laughing and a great memory.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  37. I keep missing your blog somehow. Nic.

    Nice to see a real Pointy Pix! Loved the WIP.

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  38. 1) Eugoogly cracked me up. 2) RIP Phillip. I am so sad to hear about his obvious death. It's so sad to hear. I would have cried! I feel such a strange connection to animals, that I forget they live and die by their own rules. Jerks. haha.

    I love the painting. He is sooo purdy!

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  39. I'm so sad to hear of the demise of Phillip the pheasant. You painted a wonderful memorial painting of him.

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