The Dabbling Duck is a lovely, cozy pub in the village of Great Massingham, Norfolk. The village itself has several large ponds, where many a dabbling duck can be found!
About 12 years after painting the original Dabbling Duck Pub sign, I was asked to paint a fresh, new one to replace the weather-beaten one hanging out the front of the pub. My design featured two mallards; the female with a comic upturned behind in the background, and the male in the foreground. The replacement one I kept quite similar to the original, but with some additional, splashy textures in the water.
In addition to this, the pub owners requested a hand painted sign for their holiday cottage next door, so I set about designing an image that encapsulated elements from the original sign but with the addition of a duckling. I enjoyed developing the story of the original two characters which had now made a family together. In ‘Duckling Cottage’, the male has his tail upturned in the background and the female is at the front.
Remind me to pop the photos up of the finished hanging signs..