This is a reworking of an image from a couple of years ago. The graceful form of the bird struck me when I first came across it; the water was shifting the goose back and forth in a slow rhythmic motion and the submerged down looked so soft and painterly. I have layered the bird photograph with an image of cloud reflections on water and I think I like the inky blue that spills over to the delicate palisade of golden threaded flora. Now I am thinking about how I might translate this into a painting…
22 thoughts on “Goose Down 2”
emotional and beautiful
I’m glad you think so, Anne Rose. There was something oddly stirring about this goose resting in the river.
i think this is a painting already. its very abstract and lovely
In a way, yes, it’s quite painterly. I went looking through my photo archives for a painting reference and found this image – there is something about it that makes me want to paint it!
Thanks for your feedback.
Another amazing image Karen. I wonder if there are now just a few bones left, jumbled and unrecognisable as a goose.
Gotta love those punning titles too 🙂
Thanks so much Ehpem, I quite like this one too. Yes, most likely just scattered bones… down to the bone… 🙂
Thank you, Elena.
The layering of the clouds was a brilliant idea. The quiet and tenderness is really quite stunning, Karen.
Hi Jane, thank you.
I like that you used the word tender, feels that way to me too.
I am amazed that you managed to see and make something so sensuous out of such an unlikely subject. You are a star xx
Aww, thanks very much Paula, you’re very kind!
It’s odd how unlikely subjects can be quite alluring and fascinating. Well, maybe not to everyone but in this case I was intrigued.
love your work. I think this is very poignant and sad, not at all uplifting like most of your images. Still compelling though, can’t tear my eyes from it!!
I love that it draws you in. Thank you for your comment, Di. I appreciate it!
This is so beautiful, Karen – the additions seem to have heightened the sadness. The lighting, tone and colour really remind me of Vanitas paintings – I’d love to see what you do with the image as a painting.
Yes, Vanitas paintings – there is an echo there for sure, now that you mention it. Maybe that’s why it seems to inspire a painting…
Thanks so much for your kind comments, Richard.
This is beautiful on so many levels. Brilliant (as your work simply tends to be).
That’s very kind of you, Chris. Thank you. I’m so glad you find it compelling.
It’s a very striking and powerful image Karen. I really like the re-working!
A really strong image Karen on many different levels. I do hope that you have a Wonderful Christmas. Best regards, James
I think it would make a wonderful subject for a painting – I love the darkness of this image.
I not only love the image Karen and your ideas about it but also how you write.