This painting is entitled “Colorful”, 11″ x 15″, done in soft pastel on self-prepared board with marble dust and gesso.
“Colorful” is one of my favorite duck images on Chartiers Creek from my walks to Main Street. I took the photo several years ago of the mallard balancing on one leg with morning sun reflecting brightly off off an orange brick building on the other bank of the creek as well as the blue winter sky. Winter can be drab in moments, but it is often quite colorful with the warm browns and reds and the cool deep green of the mallard’s feathers and the reflections of all the colors of the day on the gently rippling water. Alas, though I had wanted to paint it en plein air, neither the ducks nor the lighting were cooperative so I finally decided to rough in a background and shapes on site, but finish it from the photo.
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The framed original is still available and various prints on paper and canvas are also available.
The original is framed with a 2.5″ white acid-free mat and a 1″ vintage repurposed gold frame with very decorative corners. Nothing but gold pulled the richness of the colors in the water.
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