Many people, myself included, hesitate to charge into a difficult subject, b/c what if they *gasp* ruin the painting and fail...but, as I remind myself constantly, it's only a piece of paper, right? A whole piece of paper costs me about $6 and I can get about 4-5 paintings from a 22 x 30, so I've really only lost a couple bucks if I ruin something (plus time and frustration) (which is technically priceless, but I digress...)
So, dive into something hard and challenge yourself! You'll be so glad you did!
This was obviously a political duck b/c he acted very self-important and begged for more resources. The Washington DC squirrels are the same way.....
I kept track of the reflections by adding the blue first to the largest areas so I wouldn't get lost in the shapes. That's always a good first step when you're painting complicated shapes. Choose one color and paint every shape that color and it keeps you on track. Then, I started adding the greens and darker colors.
I wet the whole area of the each shape and put color on. I used a small, round #4 brush for this whole process. Anytime I painted green into an area, I usually charged in Burnt Sienna while it was still wet, just to make it more visually interesting.
Colors are Cerulean Blue, Payne's Gray, Hooker's Green, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
I'm just gradually working by sections here on the back of the duck.
You'll notice that the white of his feathers is just the white of the paper. There's a LOT of negative space going on there. I'm just painting around different shapes very carefully. At the end, I'll go back through with clean water and a brush and soften the edges of the negative shapes to kind of give them feathery glow.
Now, I know what you're thinking....you're thinking "Nooooo, it's too complicated! I can't do that!!! Noooo, don't make me!!!" To which I say, "quit your whining, please and get started....there are harder things in life and this isn't one of them"...in my mother's tone of voice.
Ha... YOU can totally do this! You'll surprise yourself!
Good advice! Thank you!
Smiling away, I hope that he finds someone's wall sometime soon! I know he will make a lovely addition to any home. He's only $350.00! A steal for the amount of time it took to paint him.
He's 11 x 14 in size and can be mailed.
Happy Painting, everyone!