See how I develop a painting depicting a flock of barnacle geese as they come in to land. The previous pages show the sketches and compositional drawings.
The noise of a large barnacle geese flock just feeding is impressive, but the spectacle of a few thousand geese taking wing combined with the crescendo of sound is quite stunning.
OIL PAINTING DEMONSTRATION
Hopefully these photos of the developing painting offer a better insight into my working methods.
Illuminated in a patch of sun the striking black and white markings of a barnacle goose flock look great against a dark sky. This is the atmosphere that I'm striving for with this painting.
Once the panel is completely covered with paint it is easier to assess the overall effect.
Now that the painting is coming together I need to make some changes. Here I decided to further darken a corner of the sky.
The background was devoid of bird activity and I wanted to create a more bustling environment with further parties of geese moving about. The differences in scale has added depth to the composition.
Before committing possible improvements to the actual painting it can be helpful to try things out by painting on pieces of acetate laid over the surface.
The finished painting
Incoming Barnacle Geese
Oils 19 x 34 inches
Available as a print
Barnacle Geese Print