On this page you can see how I develop the composition for a painting depicting a flock of landing barnacle geese.
To study the barnacle geese I went to Caerlaverock one of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust visitor centres. There are several distinct populations of barnacle geese. All barnacle populations are migratory, breeding in the far north and wintering on the coasts of northern Europe. On the Solway Firth I was observing the population of geese that come from Svalbard, a migration of some 3,200km.
WORKING ON THE LAYOUT
These are just some of the compositional drawings that I produced back in the studio. I find this phase of a painting's development very exciting as I imagine the potential of the finished painting. Throughout this period my mind re-experiences the times that I had with the geese out in the field. All this feeds into the end result and shows how important it is to paint what you know and love.
A landing flock of geese is always going to be a complicated composition. I find that the best way of developing the layout is to keep things fluid. I shift lots of drawings on sepatate pieces of paper. I can thus experiment with a myriad of options.
A drawing can be swapped for one of a different scale or with different wing positions. Different overlaps between birds may be tried and rejected until the whole flow of the flock pulls together. I'm looking for a natural and yet attractive grouping.
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