Friday, October 31, 2008

Field Notes: Common Merganser

I LOVED this project and may take off on a tangent of my own using this idea!

Very hard to narrow it down to one creature. We have 2 large beaver dams near here on Johnson Creek and I've been beaver spotting a lot lately. So I thought about featuring them, then there's the wonderful Great Blue Heron I see regularly. The more rare Belted Kingfisher and Little Green Heron, Lesser Scaup with the lavender blue beak and the funny Hooded Merganser couple flating the Brookside Pond.

So many candidates up for this local art election . . .

And the winner is . . . The Mergus Merganser

So I finally settled on this wonderful creature who I've never glimpsed in real life, but hope to one day. . . . and so many more to study and drawn.

Technique: Traced the different images onto tissue paper, glued to canvas board with gel medium, over painted with acrylic paint, gesso, pen and ink, water soluble oil pastels.

What Fun!


Art and image copyrighted 2008 by Suzie Wolfer


Suzie Wolfer LCSW said...
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rivergardenstudio said...

Oh, your Merganse page is so beautiful. I just love this post, all the bird studies, and your colors!! Roxanne

Z'anne said...

Hi Suzie,

This piece is very nice. I love the colors and your technique is clever. Smart girl!


&rew said...

This is just beautiful! I love the way you used the interesting technique to get that kind of effect.