Monday, February 06, 2012

Swimming Cygnets-Swans

Close ups

Oil on 5x7 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to The White On White Challenge at DPW posted by Ann Feldman.
Ann's Challenge: "For this week's challenge, let's try to paint white subjects on white backgrounds to see if we can find color and value in all that white!"

These three little cygnets with mom close beside was quite a challenge! I had already decided to do the next challenge via the palette knife.
So for me, this was a challenge on top of a challenge.
I hope future viewers can fathom what this painting represents without me following it around to explain it. :lol:

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

My Etsy

Luke 13:34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.


  1. Beautifully painted, Dean!!! White on white is a challenge !! But you did an excellent job!!!

  2. They are adorable, Dean. I can just feel their fluffy, little bodies! :)

  3. Dean, the pallette knife on the feathers works beautifully. You rose to both challenges. I believe you don't need to add the explanation for people to understand Mom is there.

  4. Nothing so innocent as little white animal babies and up against their mom like this? Absolutely touching and your interpretation of the challenge is gorgeous, Dean. The little flecks of red and blue in the feathers are perfect to provide some detail in all the down.

  5. Perfect subject for white on white, and they are so sweet, beautifully done!

  6. Good Morning Dean!... Mission accomplished for the challenge! lovely nuances of colour in every cignet... enhanced by the rich creamy texture and the strong diagonal composition!

    A(nother) gem sir!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  7. Dean...I like a lot, spatula gives that soft texture of plumage : )

  8. Nice control over the values!

  9. your work is wonderful--love the loose,painterly work & animals are a favorite of mine too. You paint them very well!


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