19½ x 23½ inches, framed
Water surges before the gentle swimming swan in its search for food.
The direction of lighting is very unusual, as most swans are painted facing the light. In this painting, the swan is almost running from the light.
Another challenge in the painting is the water ripple in front of the swan’s breast. Notice how the heavy bird actually pushes the water downwards, and the ripple tucks underneath the swan.
[Underpainted in PanPastels. Traditional pastels reinforce textures. Sharp edges and blurring added using pastel pencils. Soft pastels on acid-free 200 lb. Sennelier pastel card.]