Monday, December 30, 2013

Shimmering Male Mallard

Shimmering Male Mallard
5" x 7"
Pan Pastels on Maize color ClaireFontaine PastelMat
Photo reference by DAK720 on in the December Pastel Spotlight challenge.

Painted for my review of Metallic Pan Pastels on my other blog, thought I'd share him here too since he came out so sparkling well. Metallic Pans mixed with other Pans colors like Pthalo Green produce a shimmering iridescence - and I've always been fascinated by iridescent feathers. Mallards intrigued me all my life and I got to see them in person as a small child, so naturally this is the outgrowth of a long study.

Enjoy! I expect to be painting more often now that the weather's getting better and the days longer again.

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