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« on: July 31, 2012 12:20:53 AM »

I made this for my partner in the "Put a bird on it swap". I had a blast making it and showing it off to the ladies I work with.

Here is the front. (I shamelessly stole this picture from SunflowerSmiles because hers had better lighthing.)  Wink  He is a Rufous sided Towhee. I'd never heard of them before the swap, but they are very beautiful.



I painted it using regular acrylic paints. The front is canvas and the back is just some patterned cotton I picked up. Here is a close up of his little feet.



A close up of his face. I really liked how the eye came out.



And the back. Normal pillow back. Nothing much to see here. The sewing came out a little wonky so the pillow is a little tight around the middle.



I used a great tutorial for the pillow base found here: http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/08/easy-4-step-cushion-covers.html#comment-form

I also had a reference picture of the bird that I based my painting off of but can't seem to find it again.

Hope you all like it!
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012 12:27:42 AM »

You really are a good artist.  I like the whole head, the way it is poised for flight and the eye is particularly beautiful.  He makes a lovely cushion.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012 06:13:38 AM »

Birds are one of my favorite things, and your painting is wonderful. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2012 06:48:57 AM »

I love this so much and IT"S MINE!!!  muhahahahahahahaaha ahah!  Seriously though, you have mad skills girl and should be selling this stuff! You were able to capture this bird so well on canvas it looks like it's going to fly off the pillow! 

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012 09:01:59 AM »

oh wow.  that's amazing!  i am thoroughly impressed.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2012 08:43:18 PM »

Thanks everyone! I had a lot of fun painting him as I haven't busted out the acrylics seriously in a long time.

The Navy kind of stifles creativity sometimes.
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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2012 10:29:25 PM »

Amazing painting.. love to do hand painting .. but never tried Sad

Given tutorial is also valuable , worth reading.. keep posting more pics..
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2012 09:06:31 AM »

Oh how I love bird pictures.  That is one amazing one you have painted here, you're seriously talented.
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2012 03:48:34 PM »

This is so beautiful; I love anything with birds on it and this is just so well painted. Would love to have it in my home Cheesy Great job.
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2012 01:33:27 AM »

I like the design of this pillow and good decor for your living room and bedroom. I think you can also apply this design on your wall.
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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2012 09:37:46 PM »

Lovely, You've drawn a perfect beauty of nature on cloth.

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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012 03:00:15 AM »

O wow lovely work............Smiley Absolutely beautiful
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2012 12:13:01 PM »

Love your bird!
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2013 03:15:52 AM »

Love that this was for a 'put a bird on it swap' because that's exactly what I was thinking! He looks great, especially with the super serious look in his eye.
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2013 05:12:46 PM »

Thanks for all the comments everyone. I was very pleased with how it came out (even with the wonky sewing) and might paint some birds on canvas to put up in my living room.

It's funny that you mentioned the serious look in his eye too Ivy Mae because I actually have that little part of the painting as my phone's wallpaper. lol  Grin ;
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« Reply #15 on: January 06, 2013 05:52:33 PM »

the sewing isn't wonky! I am the proud owner of that beautiful pillow which is on my bed. It's even prettier in person. It truly looks as if it can fly off the pillow.  I would be really excited to see what you do on canvas Gr33nT3a! You did such a beautiful job on the pillow and seeing something done on canvas without having to work on material..the detail I'm sure will be amazing!!!!! I hope you post your art!!
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2013 02:23:20 AM »

This decorated pillow looks beautiful and I liked this animal design. Seriously...you did a  wonderful job.   
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