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« on: July 04, 2007 04:53:32 AM »

I drew these at the end of March and finally got a chance to take photos of them. They are cards at the moment but I'm thinking of changing them into framed pictures. I drew them from photographs of birds I found on the internet. What do you think?

European Robin

Purple Finch

Purple Finch

Spotted Towhee

Red Crossbill (I have no idea why it's called a red crossbill when it's actually yellow  Huh )
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2007 05:46:28 AM »

Those are beautiful paintings of birds! I think you should frame them as paintings!!! Definitely~   Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007 05:49:16 AM »

The crossbill you drew was a female, the males are red. Smiley

I think they're beautiful!  I definitely vote for framing and hanging so that they can be enjoyed for much longer!

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007 06:38:51 AM »

I love them!  I keep picturing them cut out and mounted on some pretty patterned paper...with a solid border...and distress inks...DAMN I wish I could paint like you!  Will you accept my offer to come live in my basement and draw for me?  No?  I'll feed you... LOL, no, I kid.  They're awesome though, very pretty!

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2007 07:54:32 AM »

Those are nicely done- I think you should mat and frame them also- more people can enjoy looking at them that way Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2007 08:03:35 AM »

Beautiful paintings. Thanks for sharing. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2007 08:52:42 AM »

B E A U T I F U L!!!

I vote frame all of them except the robin, which you can send to me  Grin j/k

Very talented, thank you for sharing
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2007 09:39:29 AM »

Those are gorgeous, I agree with matting and framing them Smiley

Did you use watercolor?  It looks great!


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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2007 10:00:45 AM »

Those are absolutely beautiful. Frame themmmm.
How long does it take you to paint something like that?
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2007 11:52:15 AM »

 Cheesy Thank you, everyone. I'm sooo glad you like them. And a special thank you to jungrrl for the info on the crossbill.

And to answer the questions: moonshinebluebird, they are painted in watercolours. I was amazed at how clean I worked with them, considering that I'm very messy when I paint. Queen of the Savages, each took about an hour and a half. Yeah, I know, I took my time. lol And CraftyImperfections, the idea with the patterned paper sounds interesting. I'll see how it will look. What do you mean about the distressed inks? And about your offer, be careful what you wish for. I might just accept living in your basement and painting all day.  Tongue

Anyway, I was thinking of framing them with solid bright colours for a background and lighter wooden frames also in a similar colour, lightly painted so that the texture of the wood will show through. I think it would give them a modern look because of the pop colours, yet the wood showing through the colour would make them feel naturey.

Also, a few of you mentioned matting them. Would that mean just putting a matted transparent paper on top or is that a special technique?  Embarrassed

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