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Painting a Ross’s Goose

There's a lot more to painting this white goose than just adding white.

By: Jason Lucio
Updated August 01, 2018

Jason Lucio is a Master and World Champion artist who has been carving birds for more than 30 years. Not content to rest on his laurels, Jason is always looking for new ways to make his work excel.
 
The white plumage on the Ross’s goose provided one of the challenges when painting this decoy. Simply using straight white would not work. I needed to establish a variety of white tones (highlight, mid-tone, and shadow) that would create the bird’s feather pattern and at the same time add interest and depth to the carving. The black wing tips give a nice contrast to help set off the whites and the carmine bill gives the pop of color to complete the look.
 

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