Since this motif represents most mothers everywhere, I found time to paint it today, on Mother’s Day.
The background color is applied very quickly with a very large brush as soon as the yellow local color of the goslings is done. Paint overlaps the adult birds’ dark necks.
Local color brown is now added to the adult birds’ backs and some color is brought below, into the reflections.
Now, by just adding another value layer to the birds’ brown backs, individual feathers are suggested, all quickly painted.
Midvalue ripples suggest the water’s surface more accurately. Note that they, too, cross the birds’ necks because the necks will later be dark, and this keeps the ripple lines unbroken.
Dark value and some details wrap this painting of a family of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) together. Though this is not necessarily a universally well-loved species, one can’t deny that the youngest babies are cute and that the parents are quite attentive. Happy Mother’s Day, everyone, most especially to my own mother!