Here is the beginning of the paint job. The iridescence is being simulated very well as you can see the different reflections of light on each of the feathers. Most of the reflections that you see on the left of the photo are due to the fine wood burning that under lies the brown paint. I have started adding the color washes over the brown base paint on the right half of the photo. the painting was completely done with brushes-no air brushing. the intire turkey was painted using Acrylic paints.