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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Hooded Merganser # 84


This little hoodie male has just ruffled his feathers and hasn't laid down the ones on his back. When they dive for fish or want to slip quietly away, they can fold that beautiful head crest into a thin white line.

Painted on Lanaquarelle cold press #140 -- a very white paper that handles both details and washes well, but I think buckles a little more than Strathmore's 400 series 140# cold press. Takes miskit well.

5 comments:

Kelly said...

Beautiful!!!! I love Hooded Mergansers. I really like the softness of the water and his beautiful eye.

I've never used miskit. I think it's about time I tried!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Belo trabalho...Espectacular....
Cumprimemtos

Teri C said...

Just gorgeous Elva, WOW!!!

cindyzlogic said...

Sweet painting, Elva!

Claire M said...

This little guy looks 'sharp as a whistle'. I love the contrasts in his coloring that you've captured, and the reflections in the water are absolutely awesome. The details of the fuzzy feathers on his back look pretty neat too!