Wednesday, December 30, 2015
I wanted to try and paint one of these ducks. I found the colors and the textures very interesting so I had a lot of fun painting it. This painting is mostly transparent paint. There is a lot of opaques on the beak, eye, as well as the feathers around the neck and breast area. As far as color is concerned, I used a lot of muted colors. There are some intense saturated oranges on the ducks neck feathers and some intense turquoise colors on his head and eye.
Overall I am satisfied with the painting. The only mistake I feel I made was that I forgot to lighten the line art on the duck itself. After scanning the finished painting, I had to get rid of the visible lines around his eye and near his beak using photoshop.
As many of you know - I am an after school art teacher. I also teach full-time during the summer. Teaching takes up most of my time but I do my best to work on my own artwork when I can. Ideally I would like to create at least one new painting every month. I might set up a patreon account as well (I will notify everyone if I do). I am not satisfied with my production as an artist. It is hard to find a balance between my job as a teacher and my desire to create. As my career as a teacher progresses, I hope to learn to manage my time better so I may also create more paintings for everyone to enjoy. I genuinely love teaching, it is very rewarding but I also want to make more time to paint.