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Sky Painter
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Published: January 4, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 windfalcon
So skilled are the graceful wings of falcons, it's as if they could paint the sky with each feathered tip.

This painting was partially inspired by the quote of a falconer whose blog I read -

"Goshawks are water. Falcons are air and hot stone. Goshawks are water and wood." -- Helen Macdonald

This, obviously, would be the 'air and hot stone.' The next painting, predictably, will be the goshawk.

Watercolor on hot-press Arches, 5X9 inches

This painting is available on my Etsy shop: [link]
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Curious... The slightly folded right wing and the fully extended left wing; is the falcon relying on lift asymmetry to actuate a right roll by shifting its aerodynamic center of lift left of its center of gravity?
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TheMadameVastraProfessional Photographer
*physics intensifies*
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
I don't think physics have a place in this picture :3
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EmbrymandreStudent Traditional Artist
I love the details of your landscapes, your background. That make the drawings look very pretty, very great! :)
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MetalMagpieHobbyist Writer
Really gorgeous work. I love the way the movement of the wings echoes in the rock and sky. :clap:
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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nihonjoeProfessional Writer
I like the flow of this one. It's very dynamic. :)
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PantherStar613Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous :)
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bjs1990peregrineHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... incredible job! I love the story behind this, and the falconer's quote as inspiration. It's a beautiful thing to see such a creature of grace paint the heavens with her wingtips.
Keep it up! :)
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks :) I love inspirational quotes. They're such great 'fuel' for art!
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Absolutely gorgeous! I love how the quotes work with this, and I can't wait to see the one with the goshawk! :love:
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
I'm excited to start painting it :D Goshawks are such gorgeous birds - and challenging, too, especially with all their markings.
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I can imagine why! :D
And good luck with it - I'm sure you'll do great on such an awesome creature :heart:
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piarroHobbyist General Artist
Very nice. I love falcons.
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Beautiful work luv. Love and Hugs...Pam:iconkawaiipandah::iconredbullglompplz:
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KingGiantessHobbyist General Artist
The way you painted the rocks is beautiful! Not to mention the hawk him(or her?)self is gorgeous.

You did a lot of justice to the quote, especially the "painting" with the wings!
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WarFalconHobbyist General Artist
Very nice, and the elemental influences are a nice touch. Kinda makes me wonder if Goshawks are Water and Falcons Air, which are corresponding to Fire and Earth?
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QueenofdraginsStudent Traditional Artist
The quotes and your paintings are always aspiring to see <3
Its really beautiful how you capture hawks and falcons with such grace C:
And i especially love how you get down all the markings so well,like the simple spots on their tipped feathers :>
Wonderful and magnificent and astonishing as always :D
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :) I was very inspired by Ms. Macdonald's quote as well. I can't wait to get started on the goshawk!
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QueenofdraginsStudent Traditional Artist
Youre very welcome!C:
And i really respect that an artist as talented as yourself is inspired by quotes cause i know for me thatd be super difficult ^^''

Im excited too!I know of course,your work will be breathtaking as always ;D
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sultry-poptartsStudent General Artist
Amazing work, my friend! ^-^ I definietly love the color choices. :D
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AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Wow this is really sublime, hon. I had to look twice to make sure the piece was as small as you said it was! So much detail and such a sweeping feel.

I really like how the ground and the sky seem to be distorted by the pull of the falcon's movement. It has a raw elemental power to it. I can tell you really enjoyed painting this one:)
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SlayerSyrenaProfessional General Artist
Stunning work. I like how the lines of the sky and cliffs seem to be in motion with the falcon.
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