The regal bearing of these black swans, photographed in the wonderful aviary of Melbourne Zoo, just seemed to call out for a very simple background. I also wanted to capture the lovely rippled light reflection on the water without too much distraction. So the approach to painting this work was different from my usual style. I used a background of matt gold with white and some metallic gold patterning. The emphasis is on capturing the ruffled feather detail of the swans.
Regal Bearing – Black Swans
Acrylic, aerosol and oil paint on stretched canvas, unframed, ready to hang.