This is a case where the scan looks better than the actual piece. I picked up a glow that isn’t really there.
I used watercolor on black paper. I’ve done this successfully before, but I don’t think it was the right combination for the what I was trying to do. I just kept fussing and finally decided I need to walk away. I think I’ll start over rather than trying to get this to go the way I want it too.
You know, I was actually trying to find an Australian Shelduck, hence the fiery sky in the background. Then when I went to look up some facts, I realized the Pixabay reference photo I was using was of a Ruddy Shelduck, who only visits Australia via the zoo.
Found in NW Africa and Ethiopia, with a breeding area in SE Europe across central Asia to SE China, this duck is your pretty average duck, although they have a honk and resemble a goose in the air.
Odd thing for hubby’s lunchbag postcards, but I was really inspired to try and catch the light in a lava lamp so I went for it. I’ll set this one aside and keep it for one of those days when I’m sick or can’t get a card done for some reason.
I actually painted this a while ago. It was one of my first test with Da Vinci’s gouache. I had to try that brand. Their tubes come in 37 ml tubes and are priced much the same as the 14-15 ml tubes from other brands.
Well, check Doodlewash on Monday for my review of the beautiful Mary Roffhandmade sketchbook that I recently bought and you’ll find those first three little, lost sheep.
I love painting sheep, and hubby gets tired of getting them in his lunchbag, so I decided this was going to be my book for Counting Sheep. There are 40 pages and I’ve already started painting, but I’m going to try and make it a weekly thing. Forty weeks of counting sheep – I hope that gives me plenty of sleep!
Oh, and Zwartbles is a breed of Dutch sheep, if you were wondering about that word.