Did you know that a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance?
Of course this revelation compelled me to create a painting called Flamboyant Flamingos!
By creating this artwork I would embark on a new journey, returning to my roots as a textile designer.
Flamingos are amazing and it doesn’t take much imagination to appreciate that their name comes from the Spanish word flamenco. What I hadn’t realised is that flamenco comes from the Spanish word ‘flama’ meaning flame. Maybe flamingos are living phoenix!
Amazingly the pinkest flamingo has status, all the other flamingos look up to them. Their bright colour shows that they are strong and good at finding food. Flamigos get their fabulous colour from eating algae, crustaceans and tiny plants which are high in nutritious carotenoids.
If you hadn’t already guessed carrots and other orange vegetables also have carotenoids in them.
Flamingos find long lasting love. After an elaborate courtship, flamingos pick their life partner and are monogamous (well mostly), and as they can live 20 to 30 years (even longer in captivity) it can be an enduring relationship.
Have you ever wondered why they stand on one leg? It’s because their feet get cold, they alternate tucking them inside their warm tummy feathers.
We can find flamingos scattered around the world from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, as well in captivity. As there six different types of flamingos, there is so much choice for an artist.