Ducks spend a lot of time preening their feathers. The "hairs" on feathers act as little zippers and throughout the course of the ducks activities these little zippers become un-zipped. Ducks will run them through their bill to zip them back together. I'm sure they also get little bugs in their feathers that need to be removed. That is what I painted this little male Green-winged Teal doing.
Zipping Up, 9"x12", oil on linen panel
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This Pintail is moving into an area of thick grasses during a cold autumn morning. Many times when I would go out to photograph ducks they would fly away or move into heavy grasses. I could never see what they were doing in there but I can paint what I imagine they were doing.
In the Thick, oil on linen panel, 9"x12", includes frame.