First some light purple in his head for a few highlights. Male goldeneye are black and white, but their feathers have an iridescent quality in the light.
The reflection of the duck in the water needs to be slightly off-color and value from the actual critter, so I tackled that with a brownish color.
A little bit more carving, and then the black.
Here's a close-up of the duck.
But there's a dilemma. Now that the duck is finished, the piece just doesn't seem to have the WOW factor that I saw in my head. It's a nice print, but does it make you go "ooooooh"?
My initial idea was to celebrate the abstract quality of the water reflection. The on-the-fly decision to add the woodgrain was exciting, but I don't know if it confused the concept.
The good news is that both blocks are still largely intact. I could potentially put one more darkish color in the reflection and see if that brings little more oomph to the image. I think there are 18 good prints to work with, so I could spare a couple as experiments.
I think it was Leonardo da Vinci who said "Art is never finished, only abandoned." For now I'll just sit with this piece for a couple of days and see if satisfaction grows.
In the meantime... yeah. I started another one.
|Embiggenable version, if you'd like to contemplate solutions with me.|
Or maybe you like it just the way it is....