When I first began to paint "Ducks In a Row", I envisioned a loose flowing painting - until I actually started to draw the ducks out. I now have completely switched gears. Highly detailed and intricate, using the tiniest of brushes and my best sables! And I am having so much fun. What I first thought would be a large watercolor full of mallards has become three paintings of various sizes that work well together! I am working from several photos that simply do not lend themselves to combining into one larger composite painting. So I decided to still paint them all - but separately! (this way if I mess up all is not lost :) )
It is no secret. I love ducks
Every few years I go on a duck painting marathon. They make me smile. With their round and full cheeks and happy bills, they are simply delightful to draw and paint. This time around, I am working in watercolour. Previous work was always in acrylics.
One day, when were out for a drive to see what I could shoot, we came upon a ferry landing that was covered with ducks. Apparently, somehow the ducks know they are safe from hunters at the ferry landing. But I got some great shots. Some were in the water while others basked in the sunshine, warming themselves on the asphalt and rocks.
The inspiration photo has an interesting perspective -below. As I was shooting it I was thinking "he he heeee" ducks in a row. Well it stuck. The ducks in this painting will have come from individual duck photos I took and I will place them …well… in artistic order. Hoping to heaven I can capture the perspective I am aiming for.