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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Duck Duck Goose~in progress


I'm not terribly clever when it comes to titles but despite the fact that this title is obvious, it's also the name of a popular children's game in the U.S. and I remember playing it many times with the other kids in my neighborhood when I was growing up. I mentioned the game to a friend of mine that grew up in Great Britain but she wasn't familiar with it so I'm posting a link for those who are wondering how you play Duck Duck Goose.

My reference for this piece is a photo I shot last weekend of someone's barnyard. They had a variety of geese and ducks in a pen near the road and I couldn't resist taking a few pics. This is fairly tight (realistic) and it's been awhile since I've painted this tight and now I remember why I don't like painting tight....too much room for error.:( It makes me nervous and when I get nervous I mess up. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy sort of thing. If all goes well I'll post the completed painting. If it doesn't...well, one more for the bin.

12 comments:

Katrinshine said...

Beautiful watercolor!!

Diana said...

Looks nice... I like it.

Jeanette said...

It's wonderful. You have the birds perfectly. The goose looks just like Blizzard did, same breed I think.

Sometimes things feel good as tight pieces, other times not. Only the artist can tell at the time which matches the image in her head.

perugina said...

Be it painting alla loosey goosey or tightly.. Billie you have a wonderful way with watercolours!
I mean this most sincerely!
(((hugs)))
perugina

cabap said...

wonderful job Crain,
jan :)

Billie Crain said...

Thank you, Ekaterina.:) I've been admiring your needle work. Love your bags!

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Diana!

Billie Crain said...

I was hoping you would chime in, Jeanette. You know these birds much better than I.

You're right...I could not figure out a way to do these birds loose style and have them look right.

Billie Crain said...

Loosey goosey...good one, Perugina!:D
Thank you.:)

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Jan.:)

Patty said...

I think it's looking really good so far, Billie! Once you get the shadows and things in, it will all come together!

Billie Crain said...

Thanks, Patty.:) I'm going to be playing with background ideas on this one today. I just can't decide how I want to approach that yet.