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Old 05-14-2019, 05:28 AM
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How the finished cards will look. Cheers.




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Love these little bird paintings and the bit of information that you added. The pronunciation was a nice touch. Iím happy that I stopped again to see your latest creations. I like the leafy background.
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I'll second that vote on your cards, they're all beautiful.
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They are beautiful. That leafy background works so well.

It's such a shame that so many birds are going extinct or are endangered. Breaks my heart.
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Thanks Barb, Lil, Virginia.

Sad situation with much of the wildlife that is all too often reported these days. A recent local news article about the fate of 30 scalloped hammerhead sharks recently shipped from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to some large aquarium in Europe. The journey may have been too traumatic because they all died. I'm slowly awakening to the delicate balance between humanity and this planet's other inhabitants. Pretty sobering alright. Anyway, these cards are a small way of expressing my thanks for their existence.
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:55 AM
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Two more being card fitted.



Grey Wattlebird (kokako).



Baltimore Oriole.

Three more tomorrow.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:12 AM
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Apologies for the lateness.

Fantail (Piwakawaka) (Pee-wokka-wokka). Known for the fan spread of its tail. Saw one recently down by the creek at my brother's place.

Yellowhead (Mohua) (More-hoo-a). Used to be common but not any more due to the appearance of the black rat and the likes of stoats and ferrets. There is also a Whitehead, same family, prevalent in the North Island.

Finally, our own alpine parrot, the Kea (keh-ah). Cheeky, inquisitive, able to tear your car to pieces, this larrikin I wanted to highlight its colourful outlook when it has its wings spread, to show that not everything magnificent is on the outside.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:20 AM
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I like the first ones tail feathers and how you balanced it out with the dark on the left. The yellow one really comes forward with your strong composition and beautiful movement on the Kea.
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:53 PM
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Thanks Barb for the critique. It helps me to have a fresh perspective to help spot my many gaffes -- especially the great big ones. Lol. I am posting what I've "mostly" completed. One more go and this group is done. And then I can begin the next set.


The carded bird. Used the natural light from another room to illuminate what were essentially photos taken within an unlit room.


The fun part has been putting image with card backing . I enjoyed that part immensely.


Using the dining table as my backdrop.


I don't have a wide selection of cards so I've had to be quite creative with my matching. Can't say I got it right, but I am slowly learning.


These have been shown before. Missing the fantail for some reason.


The kakapo (kar-kar-porh), a shy flightless parrot that was endangered. And probably still is. However, the conservation effort is well organised, and they are making a comeback.


The kaka. Another native parrot that actually can fly. Has a lovely pink and grey under wing. Brown and orange speckled. One of my personal favourites.


Group shot. The lighting effect reveals the group (omitted the Baltimore Oriole as it's not native to my homeland).

I've added a background in all of them. Not entirely convinced they work (some have like the Saddleback card). Will see how the next group fans out. I suspect it's a case of what works best for the bird. Cheers.
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So many lovely birds.
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I think you did a great job on this set of birds. I think each background card is well suited to the birds. The black bird with the orange wings is a standout. The composition is lovely. I admire your workmanship and talent. Looking forward to the next set.
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Thanks Jon; birds are lovely. Appreciate the feedback, Barb. The Saddleback composition does stand out. Almost did not add the background but it needed something. Glad it worked out in the end.

Enjoyed the ATC Painting the Masters challenge so much that I'm planning several more sets of some of my personal favourite. Did this a few hours ago. It's a quick start on Edouard Manet's famed Olympia piece. Acrylic on 2.5 x 3.5 foil with card backing.



Detailing to follow shortly. Fifer is interesting and looks to be next. Cheers.
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:35 AM
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:37 AM
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As hinted, the Fifer, also by Manet, done in one sitting earlier today. Detailing to follow. Next will be The Balcony and Spanish Singer. If I have the focus, Gypsy. Cheers.



Apologies for the confusion (post title and mixed content): it's easier to pile these all in one existing post than start new topics.
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:18 PM
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Those are just wonderful.. I was thinking of continuing to do the masters in miniature too as it was so enjoyable and I learned so much but didnít have to commit to a bigger piece.. I love both those pieces and they look just like the original, keep them coming. Iím a fan.
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