Barnacle Geese

The Barnacle Goose (branta leucopsis) winters on coastal grassland pastures and marshes. This watercolour was painted in December 2009 from photographs taken at Saltholme RSPB in Teesside. It was a challenging subject, as I tried to capture the grey bleakness of winter, while showing these magnificent creatures in all their glory. I took lots of pictures that day, yet still found the need to use extra resources to get the colour right. I  produced the background in photoshop, so this picture is a slight hybrid of watercolour and digital retouching. I think it worked really well.

Barnacle Geese (Watercolour with some Photoshop)
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