Fran Vail's Watercolor Wings of Midwest Game Birds

I became intrigued with the exquisite beauty of wings when I painted several specimens from the Field Museum (Chicago).

Working from the actual wings, I glazed layer upon layer (sometimes as many as 20 times) of watercolor, to capture the subtle shades and iridescence of each species’ wing.


April 2017 Exhibit: “Watercolor Wings of Midwest Game Birds”

The Ridges Sanctuary
8166 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
PHONE: (920) 839-2802

Open April 6th through April 30th, 2017

Link to The Ridges Sanctuay- Watercolor Wings of Midwest Game Birds Exhibit Info


April 6th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, 2017, Public Welcome


April 6th, 6:30 pm, 2017, Public Welcome

Fran will be presenting a talk about the genesis of the idea and the evolution and process of these intricate wing paintings.

Original Watercolors and Prints Are Available for Sale:

Please contact Fran for information on sales.
PHONE: 847-824-4388   
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  • Blue Winged Teal
  • Gadwall Drake
  • Green Winged Teal
  • Merganser Hen
  • Pintail Drake
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Snow Goose Blue Morph
  • Wigeon Drake
  • Wild Turkey
  • Wood Duck Drake
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Mallard Duck
  • Morning Dove
  • Ring Necked Pheasant
  • Canada Goose

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