Elegant Gliding

The Story Behind the Painting

As mentioned in my previous blog, “Swanning Around” this black swan was photographed at Lake Alford Park next to the Gympie gold mine and historical museum. The adult black swan was seen gliding around the surface using its long neck to reach down and filter through the weeds growing on the bottom of the pond.

After awhile both adults were seen preening while the cygnet continued to swim around looking for food.

I was supposed to add this image to the “Swanning Around” blog but forgot, I find the cygnet absolutely adorable. Its seen here stretching its unformed wings feathers, I just wish it was facing the camera.

My Painting Process

As always I start with the eyes and bill as this seems to give the painting some life if the subject looking at you.

The only red paint I had didn’t quite match the red bill of the swan. I added a little orange and some black to reduce the intensity.

I used a grey to map out the major feathers on the swans neck and back. Then followed this up with a second layer of lighter grey which you can just see on the top of the swans back.

On the neck you can see the final coat of white which almost makes the swan glow and shimmer in the sunlight.

Here I’ve added a light brown to the back feathers, the only other colour apart from the red bill.

One final coat of white as highlights that really make the swan pop.

It’s amazing that only a few light strokes of paint can turn flat swan in to a 3D environment.

I think I may have added a little too many reflections but the iPhone photo seems to enhance all the whites and in fact its a little bit more subdued in the real artwork.

Now this is when I realised my mistake, once framed up I placed the adult swan next to the cygnet painting and discover to my annoyance they were facing each other.

The cygnet was supposed to be following the adult swan, the image that I flipped on my computer didn’t copy to my iPad reversed. so it wasn’t until I placed them side by side I realised this fact, as the paintings were a few weeks apart.

Realising my mistake I will now paint another adult black sawn so I have two adults protecting their baby. And this is how my pair of swans became a whole family.

Finished artwork ready for my exhibition.

Gouache on Canson Paper

For my Black Label collection I use Winsor & Newton Gouache on Black Colourfix Art Spectrum Paper or Black Mi-Teintes Touch Canson Paper.

My painting come from my own experiences that I have experienced and photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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