Sitting Duck and Ducks In A Row Update

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 :) )

IMG_4209This the progress showing on the original Ducks In a Row painting!

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One Duckie Two Duckie Slow Duckie - WIP

And slow I go....     I left in the reference photos so you can get the idea  of where I am going with this.  I love the photos with all the  ducks in a row. It is just the ducks with the most personality were photographed separately. The decision of where to place which duck has taken me quite a time to decide.   I mapped them pout loosely in my sketchbook and then changed my mind again and again.  Just have to wait and  see where the next duck will be.  I do know which duck will be last though - he is walking away from the row - he seems to have an attitude.

And at this point, I have no  real plan for the background.IMG_4127

I am loving the colours of the drake - he was so much fun to paint...so far!  The pallet for his is below IMG_4126