Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Goose Saga ... Continued ...

For the goslings, I am using aureolin, with a brown mix of quin. burnt orange, quin. red and indanthrone blue. The geese are painted with mixes of ultramarine blue and quin. burnt orange. The feet are quin. siena.

Just deepening the colors here.

I have placed the cast shadow, and a grey ground behind them  [quin. burnt orange and ultramarine blue].

A loose wash of aureolin and burnt orange to give the impression of tall grass  ...

I have darkened the adult geese. It looks like the grass needs  some darkening and detailing here an there, and the goslings will get more dark in the brown areas.
As I do not want to use masking, I have done the painting as a vignette. I was given some advice about masking alternatives [thank you, Peter] and will be trying Daniel Smith watercolor ground in the future.
I was given this photo recently by my farrier. It's his  border collie, Sadie. It is not a good photo for painting reference, but I think if I approach the project without my usual perfectionistic bent, and just play with it, it might make a cute painting. Scott is a genuine "good guy", and always there to replace and repair  my horse's shoeing.

As always, your comments are most welcome!


  1. Your geese painting is coming along beautifully, Kathryn and I look forward to seeing Sadie on your easel!

  2. I think the geese look great and am happy you specified the colors you used! Always an interest to me. Yes, I agree that the grasses need a little more defining but not to distract from the main "stars".

    Me, being a fan of ponds, find the photo of Sadie standing in a pond is just wonderful! I would title it "Pond Dog"!

  3. you are beyond amazing!! don't change anything!
    we see PERFECTION,

  4. The Geese painting is just wonderful! And I love the photo - Such a cute dog! :0)

  5. Hello Kathryn:) Hey you did admit you are a perfectionist! Good way to go:)
    I love the little ones. What a beautiful color. I keep looking at your geese. You are a true artist!

  6. Its great that you are not using masking! The painting is coming out very well!

  7. i think you're right! it should be wonderful. those goose butts are perfect!!

  8. I love the way you have developed the backlighting on those little guys. It really looks great.