Near Finished...Bluebills on the Bay...oil painting
Well...been awhile since I posted progress pics onthis blog, and now nearly finished...Added some incoming bills now, and using a roundedtoothpick that I use with a drafting lead holder pencil,I paint finer detail such as the ripples on the water tosuggest the breeze/wind effects that accomodate thecoming of a front, and also some of the detailing of thosemore distant incoming ducks. Here's what that toollooks like-*as always, click on the images to see larger...thanks!
Longtail Island Bluebills- Oil Painting
Starting a new one that goes a long way back to very fondmemories with friends of my youth, friends still...that ofwaterfowling on the bay of Green Bay. Nothing representssuch more for me than the view of Longtail Island, nowvery much grown in and near less an island. We used to wade with decoys over one shoulder, shotgun the otherout into the pitch black thigh to hip deep water in thedirection of the island not seen until about 40 yards offof its welcome shores.Somedays so cold, we'd have to break thru 20 yards of iceto get out or push a skiff.Here I have a front moving in, indicated by the darker cloud above...always a welcome time for waterfowlers assuch fronts mean the big wave of Canadian divers willbe on the move. Often bluebills and buffleheads, a goodnumber of redheads rafting up to congregate and createislands of ducks 5,000 to 7,000 strong. A site to see.This is the beginning stages, having painted the backgroundand using photoshop and my old sketches, am working onplacement of the ducks to assemble a pleasing paintingcomposition. I'll post the finished work when completed.
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