Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Sentinel-Canada Goose

Close ups

Oil on 7x5 hardboard.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. The hostess, Lin, provided the photos.
I chose the Canada Goose who looks so alert. Geese elect a guard, or a sentinel, to watch out for predators while the rest of the flock is busy attending to business such as feeding. Quite a responsibility. This guy looks like he's up to the task.

This is oil on a 7x5 hardboard. I tried to push the color and be generous with the paint. I switched brushes from my usual flats to rounds that use to be my mainstay some time ago. Guess what? I like 'em all over again!

Available... If interested, contact me at kkayangel2(at)

My Etsy

Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,but envy rots the bones.


  1. Just wonderful Dean, really love the colors you used in the background. He does seem to be on guard duty doesn't he?

  2. I think he is beautiful, Dean. And you may have just explained why I often see a lone goose on the side of the road on my way to work. In one incident, I know the goose was grieving. He was in the same spot for days pining for his lost love. That breaks my heart to see, quite honestly. I believe geese and ducks mate for life. I get so angered by drivers who do not slow down to avoid hitting any living creature. Anyway, last few days I've seen one on the side of the road looking down toward the ditch. In this case, I am thinking he may be doing just what you describe.

  3. As usual a good job with the paints and the brushes. I liked how you selected just the head and made it in to a lovely simple composition.He looks very alert,responsible and cute as well!

  4. beautiful are so good at animals and birds!

  5. I agree, very nice work Dean!


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