Ducks make me smile. The elongated body of the Indian Runner duck, the classic Jemima Puddle Duck shape, and even unusual head enhancements (see below!) all add to my love of this beautiful and often over looked bird.
The bright colour of a duck’s beak is a great focal point for a picture as it allows the painter to introduce an intense splash of orange or yellow in an image otherwise dominated by more muted greens or blues. The white of a duck’s body can both add to the variety of colours in a watery reflection, or can itself reflect something of the surrounding colours and tones…
While a single duck can make an interesting study, a group of waddling birds can provide more elements with which to form a more dynamic composition, for example the birds in the watercolour above create quite a strong diagonal. This painting was created using a composite of quick sketches and photographs, their heads and tails linking one bird to the next.
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