The Most Beautiful Duck in the World
Part Two: Painting
Intimidation! That is what many of you may feel as you approach what ap pears to be an incredibly complex paint job with the mandarin drake. All those colors!
Intimidation and fear result in too many unfnished carvings. When you’re afraid of ruining a beautiful carving with a bad paint job, painting paralysis sets in. But there’s no need to be afraid. When you understand some basic steps and learn how to break your painting down into stages, all painting becomes, if not simple, certainly manageable. To me, painting is the frosting on the cake. It is the part of the process that truly brings a beautiful carving to life. This is the part I live for! My hope is that as you watch the painting steps unfold in this article, you will begin to share my enthusiasm.