Oil on Linen Canvas, 195/8 x 275/8 inches
You're probably wondering what I've been doing since posting my Pastel last week. Well, I've been getting things framed and spent a lot of time dipping in and out of this painting, finally completed tonight.
Those of you who are familiar with my work know that I often paint Swans and I happened to be in the right place at the right time when this splendid family came upstream and settled in front of me, happily feeding. I like to think they know and trust me now, as I'm a frequent visitor to their home and have observed them for several years. They have successfully raised seven kids this year, despite both Otters and Mink inhabiting the same stretch of river. That's what you call great parenting because predators like that will readily snap up young bobbing Cygnets.
Anyway, the family grouping provided a gorgeous focal point for an otherwise very decent composition, so I felt it warranted a generous size on one of my Classico canvases from GreatArt. All the lush foliage and bankside vegetation was painted with my big 1" household brush and the water with my fabulous Mongoose Flats from Rosemary Brushes (click to read my recommendation for them at www.rosemaryandco.com/whatothersay.php?osCsid=ehub3ovl7gaprisobiksftogj4) The Swans and Cygnets were damned fiddly on this scale and they were painted entirely with the same Mongoose Long Flats size 3.
Well, I can't spend any more time talking to you all, giving away my secrets - I've got to go and cook my dinner...................