On this 9″ x 12″ canvas I sketched the figures of a female Mallard duck and her brood of six chicks in pencil then laid thin wash of acrylic over the sketch, wet on wet as if working in watercolor. The next step is to begin applying acrylic paint in small colorful dots. I started at the top of the canvas emphasizing the patterns in the background water. This was quite a bit of fun. At this stage the baby chicks look like they are wearing sunglasses! I’ve enjoyed learning about Alaska fresh water birds and ducks from the convenience of the lakeside yard of my studio.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska waterfowl painter