Mallard Trio

30 Jan

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These birds are the most abundant and widely distributed waterfowl species in North America. Although common, I think they are uncommonly handsome – don’t you.  Take the drake for instance, who would deny the iridescence of his head to be less than magnificent? With his striking white-collar and white pin tail tips.  Dapper Dabbler Ducks!

And then there is the uncelebrated mallard hen by comparison.  Various shades of brown leaning towards warm orange, yellowish orange bill upturned in a perpetual smile.  I have actually painted many more hens than drakes over the years.  Just because.

Back to this composition… when all the duck photos I took did not line up quite the way I envisioned for the Ducks in a Row idea, I decided that this would be better as three separate companion paintings.  Still love the title Ducks in a Row  – but it does not really work anymore.  Mallard Trio is as good as I got.  I love the attitude of ducks.  They are confident and almost always look as if they have a secret they are not sharing.  The perpetual upturn at the edge of their bill and the well, their cheeky cheeks!  Of course, I personify them.  They make it so easy to do.

And if you have a better name – I am open…..

 

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5 Responses to “Mallard Trio”

  1. jenn January 31, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    WOW, they’re incredible. Especially the one in front, he looks so real he’s almost glistening. Excellent work!

    • Helen Shideler January 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      This one took so much time- I was thinking I would be able to paint loose – never happened – this duck is the tightest I have ever painted – I love detail and that is it

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