A Gaggle Of Ganders


18x24 pastel on paper

These Canada Geese were out for a stroll. A friend recently informed me that they are not “Canadian” geese because they were named after a man, John Canada, not the country. I had fun bouncing warm colors from the ground up into their feathers.


  1. Betty

    Hi, just found your website and love your art. However, I have to correct you and your friend. According to Wikipedia (and other more official sources than your friend,) ……………Taxonomy and etymology[edit]
    The Canada goose was one of the many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his 18th-century work Systema Naturae.[3] It belongs to the Branta genus of geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey species of the Anser genus.

    Branta is a Latinised form of Old Norse Brandgás, “burnt (black) goose” and the specific epithet canadensis is a New Latin word meaning “from Canada”.[4] According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first citation for the ‘Canada goose’ dates back to 1772.[5][6][7] The Canada goose is also colloquially referred to as the “Canadian goose”.[8]

    Beautiful painting though!

    • Christopher Reid

      Thank you for all the information Betty! I really appreciate it. 🙂


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