Inspiration for the painting:
One morning, before the sun had poked its head above the horizon, I heard a goose honking as he flew overhead, all by himself. The honks came in unison with the flaps of his wings. It was still dark, but I could just make him out against the sky. He was heading toward the lake in Dalhart, TX, where thousands of birds had begun to collect for the winter. I wondered why he was flying alone and imagined all kinds of stories to try to make sense of a single goose coming into the nesting area in the wee hours of the morning. Some day maybe I’ll write that story. I couldn’t get a picture of the goose, so I decided he would be the subject of my next painting.
9" X 12" canvas panel
- I liked the way the colors of the background move from one color to the next.
- The tongue looks 3-D and the eye looks quite realistic.
- I felt more comfortable dabbling paint on the body and neck and didn’t worry that they didn’t look much like the pictures of geese I studied.
- I think beginning with light colors and building glazed layers on top would have added depth to the painting.
- It might be interesting to stray from realism and, using a wide brush, just stroke on different colors for the feathers.
- I need something in the background, not just the blue.
- The goose looks flat. I suspect it is because I focused on color, not necessarily shadows.
- I practiced using larger brushes first, and leaving the detail until the end.