I am in the beginning stages of getting the gold-plated medallions started, along with prints and all of the lovely packaging that goes with them. The prints themselves will be made next year. It is going to take a few months, and I must wait to release my brochures until the stamp design itself is made by the Duck Stamp Office / Fish and Wildlife Service. It's all very exciting. We should see things starting to come together late this winter, in early 2015.
Speaking of, I am excited to begin work on a new painting soon, and am spending quite a bit of time researching and planning it out. The idea will be to use it on the PSA issue of the stamp (PSA is the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive version, which has the stamp on a sleeve of paper, the size of a dollar bill), similar to last year where Adam Grimm painted a beautiful scene of flying canvasbacks.
Here are a few other PSA issues of past Federal Duck Stamps, where photos were used instead:
2013, Robert Steiner's Common Goldeneye
2012, Joe Hautman's Wood Duck
2011, Jim Hautman's White-Fronted Geese
I am thinking of some Ruddy ducks riding some choppy waves, similar to scenes I've seen on the Great Lakes. To this end, I have been doing some studies, at least as much as I can manage to squeeze into my schedule!
Here's a "Ruddy Study" in sort of a vignette style.
|Drake Ruddy Duck study, Digital Painting, 2014|