Saturday, April 13, 2013

Still Playing with Geese ...

This is one of the two smaller geese I have started this week.  I was hoping to be able to get a smoother background without using the dreaded masking fluid, but it was not to be. So I scrumbled  instead, and I think I like the effect better. The colors I am using are quin. burnt orange, quin. siena, quin. violet and indanthone blue - all Daniel Smith.

I think I'll try to get a very dark background with this goose.  I learned, from the last painting without masking, that I have to use thinner washes. 

I was in Vancouver again today. I've been going in several times this week, as my aunt has been in the hospital for over a week. It's been somewhat of an emotionally draining time. But my aunt is looking and sounding much better, and her spirits are higher, though the doctors still do not know what is wrong with her.
While in town, I picked up the chicken I left for framing. I think Liz did a great job - just a good, simple mat and frame to show off the hen.

Sadie is being re-done. I like the water, and the background in general, but the look is definitely not Sadie's.  She is much more lively and mischievous. 

So I have drawn her again, using an older photo I have of her from when she was a pup.

As always, your comments are most welcome!