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Male Blue Billed Duck

Male Blue Billed Duck
Male Blue Billed Duck

Male Blue Billed Duck

William Ritchie

Regular price $1,750.00

Male blue-bill duck (Oxyura australis), watercolour on Arches paper (full sheet, 640gsm), 52 x 72 cm. Available for acquisition (unframed).

I have not done a large watercolour for quite some time and really enjoyed revisiting the medium. I usually do my little studies in watercolour but most of the large works are in oils. so I thought I would choose a subject I really like. Perhaps I need to do a few more large watercolours?

Blue-bill ducks are one of my favourite ducks. I love the way their tail feathers flatten against the water surface as they cruse. The male is the colourful one, the females are pale grey-brown with narrow banding.

In this painting I really wanted to capture the gentle motion of the water breaking up the reflections of shaded areas on the bank and the disturbance created by the duck. The water is painted using only cobalt blue and raw sienna mixed together to create the grey with a slight greenish tint, all i did was tone it deferentially over the sketch.

Against this grey background I really wanted the chestnut browns, blacks and blue bill of the duck to be the focal point. in this soft light, I liked the idea of the ducks waxy feathers reflecting a lot of light, softening it against the whites in the water.

An interesting fact about this painting is only one brush was used. It's a no.8 Aquafine by Daler-Rowney. I discovered these brushes when a student was using them in a class I teach at Arthouse Direct in Sunbury. I found them very easy to use and the number 8 seems to be the sweat spot for both washes and detailed wet on dry work. I even signed my name with it.

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Male blue-bill duck (Oxyura australis), watercolour on Arches paper (full sheet, 640gsm), 52 x 72 cm. Available for acquisition (unframed).

I have not done a large watercolour for quite some time and really enjoyed revisiting the medium. I usually do my little studies in watercolour but most of the large works are in oils. so I thought I would choose a subject I really like. Perhaps I need to do a few more large watercolours?

Blue-bill ducks are one of my favourite ducks. I love the way their tail feathers flatten against the water surface as they cruse. The male is the colourful one, the females are pale grey-brown with narrow banding.

In this painting I really wanted to capture the gentle motion of the water breaking up the reflections of shaded areas on the bank and the disturbance created by the duck. The water is painted using only cobalt blue and raw sienna mixed together to create the grey with a slight greenish tint, all i did was tone it deferentially over the sketch.

Against this grey background I really wanted the chestnut browns, blacks and blue bill of the duck to be the focal point. in this soft light, I liked the idea of the ducks waxy feathers reflecting a lot of light, softening it against the whites in the water.

An interesting fact about this painting is only one brush was used. It's a no.8 Aquafine by Daler-Rowney. I discovered these brushes when a student was using them in a class I teach at Arthouse Direct in Sunbury. I found them very easy to use and the number 8 seems to be the sweat spot for both washes and detailed wet on dry work. I even signed my name with it.