Draw something Mom

I had been thinking of an image to represent motherhood for this weeks “Draw something Mom” prompt when I came upon a beautiful reference photo of a mother swan and two cygnets at Wet Canvas for the Weekend Art Event.

Although this wasn’t a picture that I took, I felt very strongly attracted to it, and it holds a special meaning for me. So, it will be my interpretation of the challenge.

Arty bits: painted on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. paper, 7″ x 5″. I did a very light pencil drawing first.


  1. TeriC
    May 20, 2006

    In a word…BEAUTIFUL!!

  2. lin
    May 20, 2006


  3. Slywy
    May 20, 2006

    I especially like the watchful expression in Mother Swan’s eye.

  4. melissa w
    May 20, 2006

    Very sweet. No doubt about it; she’s a mom!

  5. Carmen Sidlaruk
    May 20, 2006

    This is a wonderful subject for something Mom. What a lovely painting.

  6. Misa (from EDM)
    May 20, 2006

    This painting is so beautiful.

    I love the way you interpreted “Draw something Mom”.

  7. Ujwala
    May 21, 2006

    The subject as well as the painting is lovely. For the past few weeks i’ve been thinking of attempting the lake outside my apartment to learn to tackle the reflections in the water. And any painting that i’ve come across since with reflections I’ve looked at extra carefully. You’ve done such a wonderful job of the reflections too. :D

  8. Melisa
    May 21, 2006

    A lovely painting with a nice contrast of cool and warm colors.

  9. Tami
    May 21, 2006

    I absolutely LOVE the colors and composition in this!

  10. carole
    May 21, 2006

    Beautiful image. I love the way you have wrapped the water around her, and that blue is amazing.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog about the dappled light. It’s nice to have some good bits pointed out!

  11. alison
    May 21, 2006

    Snap! I drew swans on my daily drawing walk yesterday only mine are black and they have finished their parenting for this year.

  12. Karen
    May 22, 2006

    Thank you, everyone … it was a lot of fun to paint and very special to me, as a mom. I think I might actually frame this one instead of sticking it in my folder of experiments and practice pages.

  13. Francesca
    May 7, 2010

    Hello that work is very nice but im looking for somthing for mother’s day.

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