Paintings of ducks have always graced the walls of hunting lodges, a study, or the face of State and Federal Duck Stamps. This is a male and a female Mallard. The male’s head is such a beautiful iridescent green. And this pair was floating in the reads in the lake near our house. Another form called a Mexican Duck is similar except the female is darker in color. Mallards often interbreed with domestic ducks and produce a variety of odd-looking hybrids, such as the black and white-colored duck of my previous posting. I tried a new style for painting the water in this one, kind of like paint-by-number but using blending techniques. It was fun but very time consuming. When I do something like this I like to listen to an audio book while painting.
17” x 13” original