'Runner Ducks' - a study
oil on board
20cm x 20cm
When I'm under pressure and haven't got much time to paint, it kinda puts me in a panic.
What shall I do? what shall I paint? Oh, God, I've just wasted ten minutes dithering!
(Yes, you've guessed it...I hadn't planned today's painting at all.)
I decided to turn to my sketchbook for ideas and inspiration.
I've always found these Indian runner ducks highly comical, especially when they 'run' en masse with their built-in herding instinct.
It never fails to put a smile on my face!
I started sketching them last year but never took the studies any further.
I wanted to get a rough feel for their tightly-packed grouping and the funny way their bodies move in contrast to the upright upper half.
Today's effort was the most difficult so far, especially as I was using oil paints my new experimental medium!
In case you've never seen runner ducks run.... here's a link to a video!
bless their little cotton socks.
Runner ducks running video