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Black Swan. 2008
Acrylics on stretched canvas, 100 x 75cms
It is a detailed demonstration step-by-step. The idea of the painting was born at Taronga Zoo almost at the entry where we have seen several water birds and couple of black swans.
The differences in colours in photos of the demonstration are due to variations of the light at different times of day.
In step 1 can be seen the pencilled grid and preliminary sketch on gesso over an old acrylic painting; started with the mixture of colour - antique blue and white; then some raw sienna added to this mixture for the water area - just main shapes. Again I transform antique blue to the soft grey colour. Steps 2 - 5 are just building the colours not going too far from chosen set of colours. I wanted to have a huge area of water in blue and green - with dabs of colour.
Creating more contrast on the foreground; stronger colours of the same hues; distinctive lines of the water. Steps 8-10 swan was painted dark blue, grey and black. A bright red added to the beak of the bird so that it would stand out. Also - red for the reflection painted as a last brushstroke.
This painting become very important for me because of two reasons: 1) I painted it in a completely different style to my usual - it seemed closer to impressionism 2) I painted it with an injured finger on mine right hand because I was so determined to make progress on it.