Rubber Duck Pond

Rubber Duck Pond

Grant Woods boasts many habitats with surprising amounts of biodiversity. But it also boasts a sweet little pond, with a sweet arched bridge over one side of it. From the bridge you can make out the shape of a rubber duck~hence its fun name. A couple of summers ago I was botanizing along the shoreline and happened to look up. The water was almost entirely still, and reflected changing foliage of a number of trees as well as the limpid sky. Lilly pads floated, frogs croaked and willows danced at the edge. It was glorious and some photos I took became the inspiration for this painting. The foreground leaves were the same color and value as the lilly pads so I tried a few different ways to differentiate them, finally landing on this light peach color.

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12 thoughts on “Rubber Duck Pond

  1. When I read your title, I half expected to see a flotilla of rubber ducks. We have a bayou here that hosts a rubber duckie “race” every year; it’s great fun.

    I found a flotilla of plants this weekend whose leaves were turning, and they were almost exactly that peach color. I’ve heard the name of it, but can’t remember it, so I’m going to have to do some searching. I know several families it’s not part of — that should help!

    1. It is so funny, the past couple of days on DailyPaintworks I keep seeing paintings of rubber ducks! 🙂

  2. Oh what a pretty summery scene! I can almost hear the frogs croaking and then going quiet when a human was detected. My sister and I used to sit absolutely still near the swamp in our woods and wait for the frogs to start croaking again. One by one we’d see an eye popping out of the water to see if it was safe to strike up the chorus anew. Your painting takes me back…

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