Friday, 1 June 2018

IS IT A DUCK?


I've always been amused by this quote -
"If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck".

Gill at "Art Journal Journey" has a really good theme "Inspired by.....anything" so here is my painting inspired by this quote.


I started by making a drawing 12 x 8 inches (30 x 20 cms).
I was going to paint it in watercolours but then tried something different



which was colour filling with Photo-shop.



I had a next idea which was to fill with pattern.
All these infill patterns are my own original designs derived from my own paintings.



The last two fill-ins on the left took ages to choose.  I tried loads of patterns and colours.
Do you like the two pink creatures watching?



Finally, the final result.



So what do you think?
Is it a duck?

26 comments:

  1. With Sheila art it might not be a duck. But it does look similar to a duck. A new pink variety. What a wildly super transformation your drawing turned into! Fabulous fill-ins for a homey feel for your sweet critters. It’s obvious they are at home with their surroundings. This art piece is a delight!

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  2. Oh I do think it is a duck, but a movie star duck with all those camera flashbulbs (I know, who uses flashbulbs), but this duck is back in the flashbulb day. Anyhow, she is getting heer photo take by all those paparazzi. :) Hope all is well and you have a great start to the month of June. Hugs-Erika

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  3. If it walks like a duck . . . .

    It's an adorable painting, and you treated it with such adorable fun. It's so like you to turn a simple image into a genuine work of digital art. I think it's an enchanting painting. I am so happy you chose this as your first entry this month for Art Journal Journey. I look for more soon, dear Sheila.

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  4. I think it's a beautiful duck dear Sheila! What is Douglas thinking about it? Happy June! Love, Lenie

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  5. It looks like an art blog, it swims like an art blog, it quacks like something unbelievable, and is coloured like an art blog, the it is probably an extremely brilliant art blog. Love it, Awesome !!

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  6. If you say it's a duck, then it is a duck :D

    Color filling is so meditative, don't you agree! I love those acid patterns, reminds me of the 60's :D Pink is the perfect color for your birdie, it draws the attention right away. Also turquoise and pale green does the same.

    We've had the warmest May ever here in Finland. No rain and temperature has risen above +25 for a couple of weeks. Everything is in blossom at the same time, so beautiful, but animals are suffering from thirst, hedgehogs etc. People have put water bowls in the woods.

    Have an inspirational weekend, Sheila!

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  7. Whatever it is - it looks AMAZING! I love your photoshop filled patterned painting - it is just AWESOME dear Sheila and I can tell you that you take to photoshop and production of patterns and free drawing like a "duck" to water!
    Great to see this fabulous piece linked to Gill's new theme! I so hope to see you more often this month if you can manage to gift some free art time to us.
    Hugs and a happy weekend my friend!
    Love from Susi
    ♥♥♥

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  8. ha ha I love what Susi said about 'duck to water' as I wss just admiring how you filled the shapes with the colours and pattern - you make it look so easy (and I don't think it is).
    And I just love how your mind works so as soon as I saw the quote that inspired you I was dying to see what came next :)
    ahhh ha it's brilliant Sheila - the final 'shot' made me think of 'The Truman' show because right at the top in the shadow I can see 2 chins and necks and it looks like 'humans' watching the magical fanstasy world you have created. And it also fits to what Erika said about the 'movie star' etc and of course movie stars and 'ducks' love to wear pink don't they?
    The little pink creatures might be behind the scenes crew making sure all the hidden cameras etc are working and not discovered :)
    Thanks for joining in with AJJ Sheila and starting my day off with a smile.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend... Gill xx

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  9. I LOVE this quote!
    These green little one and the bigger green one on the right side are no ducks, because they have 4 legs.
    But this pink one - we only see the head - IS a duck, probably.
    These infill patterns are gorgeous and you found the exactly fitting patterns for the left side too!
    Yes, I like the two pink creatures watching - so lovely! And it's a secret: They are the real ducks!
    The final result is great - because of the use of black paint, it gives much contrast!
    Wish you a happy weekend!
    Love, Rike

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  10. That's great, Sheila!! I love it!
    How very clever and beautiful to "fill" in your own patterns and designs.
    Of course I like this little creatures watching from the bottom. But I wonder
    why the bird is looking at them so very sceptically (I'm not sure if this is an English word, but you will understand).

    And no, it's no duck anyway how much it swims or quacks like a duck...
    Have a wonderful weekend.



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  11. I am grinning after reading the quote. It is a fabulous page Sheila. I love how you created your background as well.
    Yvonne xx

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  12. Duck or not, it is another very special Sheila Art page and looks great. I like it much. Very funny.
    Dear Greetings
    Sabine

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  13. Love this post:) And your layers of illustrations are fantastic- a super looking page!

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  14. i´m one of These two creatures watching... and i wonder if it might be a duckingo? a hybrid of a duck and a Flamingo? but then, i might be blended by the flashlight and see it bigger as it really is? who can trust his eyes in this world?
    i love your Humour and Fantasy, as always:) have a great june! xox

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  15. Sorry, I'm a little late, but I've been on the road a lot in the last few days...
    Wow, here you have created a really crazy and funny picture, in a completely new, individual mixed-media-technique! It looks like a lot of fun to put together, it reminds me a little of comics!
    The little pink creatures should definitely get a speech bubble...
    Have a good week - Ulrike

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  16. aw you've made such a brilliant painting Sheila. Yes, definitely a duck! Loved seeing the progress through each stage :D) xx

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  17. What a fabulous picture you've created here ...
    Love it!

    All the best Jan

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  18. WOW, what a brilliant idea and you made it visible original and interesting way. So it's fantastic and impressive, Sheila.
    With love,
    sirkkis
    P.S. I sure believe it's a duck :)

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  19. Wonderful! How I love seeing your art come to life..the drawing is awesome and whimsical.. and then to see all of the colors and magic happen..fabulous my friend!
    have a beautiful day!

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  20. I see a pink electric chordless lawn mower.

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  21. Brilliant! Your characters are so fun and I love the background you've created in your painting.
    The quote and your duck made me smile!
    Mar :)

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  22. YES, it's a duck!!!! I love the quote that inspired your fun, fabulous, and very creative work of art! I love it!!!!

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  23. Yay, such fun, this bursts with joy and all your fun character, I'm smiling and so happy to be back for a visit here!

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  24. It's a pink duck in a psychedelic environment! but the question becomes "does it quack?" made me smile, as my daughter and her friends used to ask each other this(in high school no less)...an inside joke I guess. Sometimes silly is the best fun!

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  25. LOL, I definitely think it's a duck :-) What an awesome way of using your past artwork! Love the fills and the shapes and everything about this... amazing work! It's a long time since I used PS... you obviously use it so well.

    Cath x

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