I practiced these feathers a lot. I would say that I need to practice them a lot more. I kept trying different brushes I had and finally settled on two that were some of the cheapest brushes I had and used to belong to my Uncle who used them for pottery. I also had a couple of riggers that were also from my Uncle's collection.
I can't "flick" for the life of me - I had to learn how to use a rigger and make really light, long lines. I also had to learn to slow down. I too often think fast is equal to confident and it isn't - at least for me. Slowing down and learning to do what the painting requires is my current lesson.
I also need to learn to paint "lighter". I'm too heavy handed with the paint in my mind. It is also very warm here and I found my paint got "gummy" which caused it to dry and not move. Learned a lot from this class.
Background - whatever was on the tile I had on the desk - probably a combination of Cascade Green and a Phalo Turquoise (I have a 6x6 white ceramic tile on my desk that I use as a palette and a place to scrap excess paint from a tube. I often can't remember what the colors are on it, but it is a useful palette when experimenting.
Feathers - Shadow Violet, Aussie Red Gold, Burgundy Yellow Ochre