Thursday, May 07, 2009

Duck, Egg & Feather in Gouache


Birth Notice? - Gouache on Brown Ingres Pastel Paper 24 x 30cm

Detail gouache painting & lettering

I'm having a love affair with ducks and gouache.

Wondering how it would look with a mat

24 comments:

Jeanette said...

What an interesting combination - a little like 'which came first, the duck, the egg or the feather?' :) Of course, ducks are near and dear to me, especially these ones.

And I'm intrigued by the writing too. I've seen text included in pieces by a local artist and it really pulls in the viewer to examine it more closely.

Rose Welty said...

This is very clever Robyn, and beautifully executed!

Robyn said...

Jeanette - I was influenced by a mother's love and expectations. What is hard to see on the screen is that the background is a recipe, in Italian, for a poached egg.

Rose - Thank you very much. :)

E-J said...

Wonderful gouache work - I love the texture of gouache but find them a real challenge to use. The feather is brilliant!

Robyn said...

E-J - Thank you. Up until now, I've never been fond of gouache - totally missed its potential. Now I'm hooked. A couple of drops of Ox Gall in the mixing water helps the flow.

Jennifer Rose said...

love this :D really like the glass ink jar, great reflections on it
I had my head turned to the side trying to read the writing lol nice touch having it be a recipe for poached eggs :)

caseytoussaint said...

This is so cool! I love gouache when it's used this way, and it looks wonderful on the brown paper. I'm just so impressed with the way your style is evolving, Robyn! I'd buy this one if you put it up for sale.

Mary said...

I love the concept in this and you manage gouache very well as you do all mediums.

Joan said...

Oh no!!! A recipe for poaching eggs!!! That duck needs to grab her egg and hide. This is great from the title, to the duck and egg, to thewriting, and then to that wonderful jar of ink with the feather. Bravo!!

Robyn said...

Jennifer - I actually got quite choked up about this one. I think that's what's supposed to happen. But smiling through the tears :)

Casey - If you can see a style evolving you've given me the greatest boost. Thank you. I will sell this one - but I have to think about where and so forth. They fact that you thought of buying is gold in my palm :)!

Mary - I'm so glad you like it.

Joan - Thank you :)

Robyn said...

P.S. I had intended work more into the duck's feathers but when it started to say Duck to me and I thought for once I'd step away when the picture had made its point. I dare same someone will tell me if this was the right or wrong decision.

moreidlethoughts said...

I enlarged this in order to read the text. I laughed when I saw what it is!And what a lovely Muscovy.

And guess what I'm trying to draw? You'd think the zebra would have taught me a lesson, but no! I'm onto Whistlers now :-)


word verification is andlyst

Lindsay said...

Of course I had to enlarge it to read alos....Alas, I can't read spanish.However, Lovely art and text combo. Are you loading gouache onto the tip of the pen with a brush load?
I have to try ox gall. I've been trying to get gouche to work for me and it just illudes me!

Robyn said...

Dinah - I'll be over shortly to look at your Whistlers.

Lindsay - Thanks. Yes, I'm loading the pen with a brush. Ox gal really helps, I just wish there were a vegetarian alternative.

janie said...

gorgeous intriguing piece, love the colours, that eggshell blue is divine, the detail of the ink bottle is brilliant and the duck has great character. it's wonderful.

Katherine Tyrrell said...

I've never heard of ox gall with goauche. Now I know you're inspired!

I think you left of with the duck at just the right time.

Kate said...

Wow! I never know what I'll find when I pay you a visit! Great painting technique this time (as always) added to fantastic design and witty subject matter. Lovely!

Robyn said...

Janie - Thank you.

Katherine - Thank you. I do appreciate you endorsement of the duck as she is. Hard to know when to stop sometimes.

Kate - Lovely comment. Many thanks.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

No wonder you have had 18 comments Robyn - such a wonderful subject created so uniquely with gouache and brown paper. Adore the composition and various subject matter of different textures and interest. A truly original piece to be proud of.

cathsheard said...

I love seeing all that text - fabulous. And is the text duck egg blue by any chance?

dominique eichi said...

Well I came here via the Iris post of MaM and your duck tale here is just fabulous. I used to write only with blue/turquoise Ink when I was younger great choice for this subject. I tired my hand at the Irises too but only in my sketch blog , her post was so good. Will be back to yours .

Robyn said...

Joan - Thank you. :) This one has been sold.

Cath - Thanks. The text is gouache, a cross between duck egg blue and turquoise.

Dominique - Your irises are gorgeous. I love the way you use spot colour in your botanical sketches. Very much enjoyed your sketch blog. Thank you for your lovely comment here.

Robyn said...

The bottle of turquoise ink in the painting was a gift from my friend, Sally. I use it all the time and sketched it in watercolouor way back HERE

Robyn said...

The bottle of turquoise ink in the painting was a gift from my friend, Sally. I use it all the time and sketched it in watercolouor way back HERE

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