In Mixed Company

In Mixed Company – Ducklings, (2001)
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition of 650, Offset on Paper
Retail Price at Issue $175
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Image Size 20½” x 26½”

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Located in Duxbury MA

This is my first painting of domestic birds. When I saw this scene on a trip in the Burgundy area of France, I was overwhelmed by the charm of this bunch of young white ducks, enjoying each other’s warmth. I knew immediately that this was something that I would eventually paint.

The texture of the new, growing feathers and the down was irresistible. In fact, it’s always the challenge that stimulates me to paint; in this case, the yellowish and white colors of the ducklings with the blue reflections one gets in a late afternoon light. A delight was the contrast between the white and yellowish tints of the feathers with the subtle oranges of the beaks and feet.

Being a wildlife painter and not wanting to break the rules, I introduced several “wild” animals — six insects and a toad. All of these animals are quite common in a large portion of North America, but some are difficult to find in the painting. The “wild” animals portrayed are the red-legged locust (grasshopper), the red ant, beetles (common ground beetle and lady bug), blue dragonfly, flesh fly, and a common or Canadian toad. So, the little ducklings are in mixed company, which, of course, became the title of the piece.

— Carl Brenders