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Above: Artist John Dyer painting in the rainforest of Borneo with endangered orangutans.

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John Dyer Painting. Paddy Paddling, the Philippines

Painted in the Philippines this John Dyer painting captures the sight of hundreds of ducks as they look for grains of rice in the paddy fields. The ducks eat the rice that is too difficult to pick up by hand. The eggs from the ducks and the fun from duck racing all adds to the rice harvest story. A stunning piece of work. Read more below:

Item Information

Description Framed Original Painting
Artist Cornish Artist John Dyer (born 1968)
Signed by the Artist Signed by John Dyer
Painting size 24 x 24 inches
Medium Acrylic on canvas
Framed size 32 x 32 inches
Frame type John Dyer: In the 1950s simple neutral frames became popular for St Ives artists. John chooses an off-white so the lightest tones appear in the painting. The moulding is a variation of 'Salvator Rosa' from Italy. Hand finished in almond white paint.
Ready to hang Strung with picture cord and ready to hang

"After the winnowing there are still rice grains in the fields; but too little to collect by hand. To make the most of the remaining rice the farmers herd in hundreds and hundreds of ducks to feed on the rice. The ducks peck and squabble amongst the rice plants – collecting every last grain. The sight is amazing, with the upside-down moon of the southern hemisphere, towering palm trees and the lights of the village twinkling on the edge of the paddy. The farmer finally herds the ducks back to their tin and wood house – which is also the pump house for moving water into the paddy fields. The ducks will lay many eggs that are used for food, and to add a competitive edge the ducks are also raced as a local sport! I pack up my paints and share Coca-Cola, sweet potato and mango with the farmer who owns the land." John Dyer

John Dyer Book - Painting the Colours of the World

The painting is featured in the book 'Painting the Colours of the World' by Kate Dinn.

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