The shape and attitude of geese appeals to me. They seem very feisty and make good guard dogs and I love their plump and curvaceous lines plus the pure white feathers. They smack of the magical and the fairytale which is right up my street.
So I bought my very own gaggle. Not literally but pictorially. I found some fab goose images on istock and snapped them up to play with and experiment with in gouache and pencil.I am going to name the geese – that should be fun as I wouldn’t know a male from a female if one bit me on the bum. Anyone know the difference? I looked on line and it seems it is very hard to tell apart from that the males tend to be a bit bigger.
This first one is a bit mad as I was excited about using pure magenta against a white head and love the effect. These are experiments for me to get to know what colours do it for me and how the face is structured.
Once again – as I painted I kept having to go back in again and again to darken the shadows – never quite getting it dark enough to be believable – I hope it looks real to you now?
Here are my 11 images – aren’t they great!