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 :) )
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.