Just under a month to finish - wow that was fast! Although actually this painting didn't end up being nearly as difficult as I thought it would be - the feather detail wasn't too hard to achieve, mercifully. The face took me longer than anything else.
18x24" oils on board with acrylic undercoats
Reference many thanks to stalksthedawn on WetCanvas: [link]
Also the painting in general is much influenced by Christophe Drochon's beautiful white peacock paintings.
(Out of interest, does anyone have any input on whether this is an albino or a leucistic? I was under the impression leucism does not affect the eyes, but it appears from the reference photo that this peacock DOES have red hints in the eye... so is it actually true albino?)
I'm thinking this will be a better bet for NEWA than the pencil barn owl!
Sidenote - I used the grid method for the main shapes of my initial sketch, as I find it easier that way working with large sizes, and on pieces such as this one where composition is important (I don't want the crown feathers too close to the edge, for example - he had to be placed just right in the space). I use BIG squares (dividing the canvas height by 3 to 4 parts) and use them for placement of the subject, rather than proportions and getting the lines exactly right.