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Old 11-19-2009, 04:27 PM
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These Quail live near me and one of my favorite birds, they are so happy. This is the second attempt at a painting and I anxiously wait for your opinions and comments.

This is not framed and I am still working on this and that as always. Recycled Wallis paper with lots of Terry Ludwig pastels for the snow. The size is 13"x16".
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Very nice Donna - I love the blue breasts on the birds! I don't think I've ever seen a quail walking around!
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Nice Donna...the colors on the bird breasts are super...don't they have such funny little headdresses??
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What a symphony of blues with a splash of Yellow orange. These birds are just lovely. very nice.
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Thank you Eden, Cindy and Derek.

Derek, I like that phrase, symphony of blues, maybe I can work that into a tittle.

I just realized that I had not finished all of the feet, so I will be getting that done. Also the little hen on the right needs some work.

Thank you for looking.
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Very nice- love all the colors in the snow!
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On one trip out west, I actually got to see a pair of these cute little birds - they quickly became a favorite of mine.

Lovely colors, as everyone else has mentioned, but the dark grasses on the right are leading my eye out of the painting.
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What a beautiful piece Donna! I just love the blue in those birds. They look like they are glowing.... so nice!
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Thank you Ron.

Kathryn, thank you for mentioning the dark grasses leading you out of the painting. I think it will be an easy fix. Something that I did not think about.

Thank you Paula.
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Nice composition, Donna. Maybe the grasses are a bit strong, I agree, but as you say an easy fix. Our quail are gray and blend into the NM dust so well they are almost invisible sometimes, so it's fun to see these blue ones.

I like this a lot!

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I love this! You did a great job. The quail come into my yard to eat the birdseed I set out and I love watching them.

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Thank you Deborah. Any other time of year these blend in as well and so having the snow was delightful on this day, AND the sun popped out just as we were walking by with camera in hand.

Thank you Binkie. They are fun to feed, but our neighbors have many cats so I stopped bringing them in. This Covey live below our house where a nice person feeds them and I think they are safer, I hope.....
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It's not often I exclaim "Wow!" when I open a thread with a painting of birds - but I did in this one! Those blues just glow! Wonderfully done - no problems with the grasses for me - those blues bring my eyes back to the center of the painting every time!

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Same here. I was just about to say that the grasses look so real, it reminds me of how my yard looks towards the end of winter, as the snow starts to melt.
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Thank you Don and Tres.

Don, I felt the same way about this subject and so have resisted painting them and thought this would be a tedious project. But then I started thinking in terms of composition and arrangement. Then I started thinking about "analogous color fracture with blue, blue-violet and blue-green--a combination that contributes to a luminous effect" and snow. Next came along the thought of blue/gray against luminous snow.

In short I was not thinking about painting birds, it was more about effect. And then of course the grasses in the photo were similar to the painting and had to be there in order to warm things up. I did not follow the photo in arranging the open grass area, but tried to create a random pattern. The arrangement of the blue/gray (birds) was the same as the photo (got lucky there).

I am thinking that the grasses that lead some off the painting can be softened and lose the hard edges and be less important. That would be the easiest fix.
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