On Guard

The Story Behind the Painting

More swans from Gympie last year when I bought my new camera and a good 200 – 600mm zoom lens specifically for photographing birds that I could paint at a later date. This swan took and instant disliking to me and I’m not sure why because it didn’t have any babies that I could see.

So my last painting of swans I sold as a triptych, 3 paintings together and also 3 corresponding limited edition prints are available.

Some people liked the family of swans but didn’t have room on there wall for 3 prints so I decided to paint some individual swans for sale.

My Painting Process

This swan was definitely in a more threatening pose fluffing his feathers up to seem larger.

I had lots of trouble getting the correct red for the swans beak as Alizarin Crimson seemed to be not the correct colour and the next closest colour I had was orange.

Mixing colours is definitely not my strong point and I really should practice more and this task.

Once the beak and eyes are successfully painted in the rest of the swan is pretty straightforward, it’s only brown, grey and white.

I’m thinking of teaching some painting classes and I feel the black swan would make a good subject because of the limited pallet and simple brush strokes.

Once all the grey and white feathers have been painted I start adding some browns and this is about the only other colour on the swan.

Last part of the painting is the reflections, and depending on the angle of the sun and the water’s surface they can reflect much darker images or become a perfect mirror.

The trouble with painting on black paper is once you add a background it’s hard to tell if the image is a day or night time scene. I just leave this up to the viewers imagination and interpretation.

Final swan framed up in a nice timber frame with a bronze insert mounted behind none reflective glass.

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 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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