Several years ago I painted the foreground you see here, but with a rather stilted background I never felt happy with. The canvas hung around, on the brink of being painted out, but I really liked the blue flag flowers so I held onto it. Then one very cold day in late winter I was out walking with a friend at a state park and we saw lots of ducks hanging out in a half-frozen wetland. I’m not positive of the species you see here….canvasback? The images I see of those online seem a little pointier, or something. Anyhow I thought this guy was a cutie and it occurred to me that if I simplified the background with a blue wash and inserted my cute little duck behind the sedges, it just might work.
I’ve been enjoying the spring here so much. It has been overcast and cool~we’re still wearing jackets around here! With lots of rain. Plants are very happy, and we’re seeing plants we don’t usually see in the preserves. I’ve been having lots of ducks flying over, checking out my “rain garden” that is really trying to be a pond this year.
When I view my post, I see that the image is repeated….I’m not sure why that is. It must be a feature of the theme I am trying out. Somewhere on this site I’ve got a portfolio started, with payment buttons and everything. Now if I could just figure out how to connect that page to the menu, I’ll be all set! I can’t decide whether trying to get this site to work the way I want it to is good for my brain, or simply a source of pointless frustration. 😀