Flying Geese to Finish Off a Painting

Each morning I walk along the Carson River just a few blocks from my front door. There is quite a lively wetlands full of bird life along the river and the adjoining golf course. The water attracts geese by the hundreds. I enjoy their honking morning arrival as part of my morning ritual. As the source for this painting, “Fly Away Home” (study), I captured a whole flock in flight with my iPad camera.  I did not know it at the time of the picture, but it was one of the last days I would see the flocks before they migrated to wherever they go after their spring babies are big enough to tag along, maybe Canada? They are Canadian Geese, afterall.

Fly Away Home study

Fly Away Home (Study) 5.5″x7.5″

The larger version of this painting sold from my local gallery, but this small study (image size is 5″x7″) is still available for purchase.

I have excerpted the part of the painting where I painted a small landscape in preparation for a landscape workshop.  The small painting took just over 50 minutes (at least of recorded video). I have the  complete video available on my Patreon channel, www.patreon.com/exploringwatercolorcolleenreynolds where paying subscribers will have access to both this 3-minute WHAT video, as well as the full-length video. My expected official launch of the Patreon Channel will be June 15th. I still need to populate  the channel with lots and lots of videos, both public and private, before I can call it “official.”

Supplies questions answered before you ask for this video.
Paper: 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, sized to 5.5″ x 7.5″
Paint: Quinacridone Rose, Ultramarine Light, New Gamboge – all mixed up into a nondescript gray tone.
Brush: #14 Round by Lowe-Cornell (The Lowe-Cornell brand with a red stripe was replaced by Kingart 9020 Series #14 in 2020. The Kingart series brush has a gold stripe)

Let’s watch the short clip, shall we?

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