Goosey Goosey Gander – my latest animal obsession

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.My first original goose gouache. 7x10 inches on hot pressed high white paper 140lbs by Saunders Waterford - unstretched

My first original goose gouache. 7×10 inches on hot pressed high white paper 140lbs by Saunders Waterford – unstretched
This is my reference photo
This is my reference photo

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.

geese headsSo I cropped their heads off to make a good focus study page from which to draw detailed head portraits and I will keep adding images as I do them.hot goose

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!

My 11 goose images on the living room floor - do you have a fave?
My 11 goose images on the living room floor – do you have a fave?
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4 thoughts on “Goosey Goosey Gander – my latest animal obsession

  1. Good job! I agree, geese – and fowls in general – tend to have a sassy side. If they weren’t so pitiful with their puffed chests, one might scold them for being a bully. I like the pair of geese backsides, but the far bottom right looks like you. Happy painting!!!

    1. oh wow – do I really look that elegant! I am flattered Amber 🙂 I too like the two geese wandering off together – so cute. Have you ever kept fowl? It is getting more and more popular over here in the UK…

  2. Hi Alison … So enjoy your work. I like all the geese pix…any one of them could tell a lovely story! I think the magenta looks great as a background color! Nice work. Since I just finished painting a secret garden in the loft closet for my granddaughter who is coming for the holidays, I can certainly relate to your penchant for all things fairytale. Love the fox waiting for the snow flakes too. He is a beauty. Checking back every now and again to see what you’re up to! Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    1. Hi Carole – how lovely to read your thoughts on my geese and I agree with you – each one with her unique expression could tell a story and that is what I aim to express….the attic project sound magical – I bet your grand-daughter will enjoy spending time there. How old is she?
      Happy xmas countdown to you.

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