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Hatchling

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The Himalayan legend says
there are beautiful white birds
that live completely in flight.
They are born in the air,

must learn to fly before falling
and die also in their flying.
Maybe you have been born
into such a life

with the bottom dropping out.

–from "In Flight" by Jennifer K. Sweeney

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Cornelis de Vos ~Girl at a Virginal c1625 [link]
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ThePhilosopherStone's avatar
One may ask : Are her parents golden eagles ?
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KanchanMahon's avatar
The placement of that one feather is perfect …. singularly perfect.
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I'm glad you noticed!  I must have fiddled with it for ages, trying to get the placement right.  In the end, I put a grid of thirds over the picture, and put the feather right at an intersection point.  (The joys of Photoshop!)

Journal on design grids is here: hogret.deviantart.com/journal/...
KanchanMahon's avatar
I just trust my eye, if it looks right, it’s right.
But I know what it’s like to fiddle with a piece for hours!
Athalour's avatar
Is there a word for something both beautiful and sad? Because that's the word I need to describe this. Lovely, yet melancholy.
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She has a lonely, brave fragility about her.
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Charlene-Art's avatar
This is charming!
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CouchyCreature's avatar
:thumbsup: this is interesting and beautiful. I like using parts of paintings myself and I like your background texture/s very much. Did they/it come from a deviantArt stockist?

I always visit the pages of those who comment on my works, and I am glad I did this time.
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Thanks for the generous comment!  I construct my backgrounds out of multiple layers of photographs and textures (sometimes as many as 15 layers of varying density and opacity) -  some of my own, some purchased from outside dA.  I like building up a sense of depth and density - partly as a result of my start in traditional collage where backgrounds took days and days of inks and paints and different techniques!
CouchyCreature's avatar
thanks for your comprehensive response. All your work pays off.
SoulcolorsArt's avatar
This is beautiful, love it.
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Stephanie-Sheila's avatar
Oh, this is spectacular. The composition is absolutely perfect...
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Thanks so much!!
mahogany-poulaine's avatar
Such a delectable, jewel-like effect! Quite extraordinary.
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What a gem of a compliment! Thank you kind Sir Runcible.
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'Twas my pleasure. It is such a gem of an artwork.
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