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Winter's Prayer: Cardinal

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Happy Holidays everybody!! :D :santa:
This is my Christmas painting this year, and the 4th addition to my Bird Girl collection.

I painted my older sister, Alex, with a bird I thought suited her very well: a Cardinal!

The inspiration was St. Lucia, whom is celebrated here in Sweden every 13th of December to mark the day of her death. She has the traditional crown of candles, and red ribbons :)

Hope you all enjoy her!
Image details
Image size
900x723px 394.13 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/3 second
Aperture
F/4.5
Focal Length
33 mm
ISO Speed
400
Date Taken
Jan 20, 2012, 10:16:26 AM
Sensor Size
5mm
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LadyofGaerdon's avatar
:wave:Hi! Your piece has been featured as inspiration in #Lit-Visual-Alliance's Winter Alliance Contest article! Please :+fav: the article to bring more attention to the features and the contest. Thanks! :)
plantiebee's avatar
thank you ^^ i have done just that! hope you get some awesome entries!
nelchee's avatar
Great series of paintings, and I love the work on the hair and feathers! :)

One thing I would suggest for future is to use a wider palette for skintones, this seems to be painted in shades of one flesh hue, but realistic skin is made of bits of pink, light blue, dark violet, dark red etc., depending on the complexion and lighting. See this cool reference: [link]
If you overlap these colors in thin transparent glazes, you can get pretty realistic look because skin is translucent :)
plantiebee's avatar
really cool reference there, ive definitely faved it!
all these paintings are a real challenge for me, skin can be one of them deffinnitely. i try to use alot of blues mixed in with the reds for the darker shades but i get a little crazy when it comes to blend and well.
there you have it :P but this reference is definitely something i want to use in the future without a doubt.
id love to do a really nice blushy, purply shadow piece sometime like you see in watercolors a bit easier (there again with the transparent glazes!)
but thanks for the great tip! i will be using that for my next portrait :D!
nelchee's avatar
No problem, I always like to share good resources! :)
Yeah, skin is one of the biggest painting challenges. Awesome, I'm looking forward to that! :D
CatsWire's avatar
It's beautiful! It makes me wonder what's going on in her mind ... she looks as if she has been disturbed talking to the bird :D
plantiebee's avatar
lol the innocent looking ones always have disturbing things to tell :P
ViperishPath's avatar
Wonderful painting! She's beautiful, and I love the Cardinal. Good job!
plantiebee's avatar
thank you so much viper!! youre so sweet ^^
ViperishPath's avatar
^_^ You're welcome!
kungfoowiz's avatar
Oh wow, I'm painting a bird just like yours right now.. what a surprise! =) Merry Christmas to you and your family =)
plantiebee's avatar
aww Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, and Happy New years on top of that :D!! Cant wait to see your cardinal as well heheh :santa:
plantiebee's avatar
lol i did but it was still really hard. i may try and retake it again despite varnishing it now :P you can see even while crawling on the floor getting the right angles the sharpness didnt come out so well *rage!!!* someday...ill get a professional in a studio. when im not a starving artist hehe

thank you deary, im really glad you like it ^^ :hug:
LapikaArt's avatar
beautiful :)
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LapikaArt's avatar
you´re very welcome :)
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CUDDLE BUG HUG BECAUSE I LOVE YOU :hug:
I've heard it said, and I´m sure it must be true, that receiving hugs is really very good for you. There´s a hug that says, hello, how are you? one especially to cheer you when you´re blue, A sad hug that says, I love you so, The really nice thing about hugs, I o admit, is the more you give away, the more you get, And this little cuddle bug has brought you agreat big hug from me, that´s long overdue!
-J. Hinkle
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:bulletorange: Click if you want to see my gallery: [link] :gallery:
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