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Thesis - Bald Eagle by windfalcon Thesis - Bald Eagle by windfalcon
This is the seventh in a series of ten paintings for my thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. This is a look at the bald eagle in Native American beliefs.

Both eagles native to North America (the golden and bald) were revered by many tribes. Since I already explored the golden eagle in Mongolian culture, I decided to explore the place of the bald eagle in Native American culture.

This eagle was especially respected in the Pacific Northwest, where fish was an important food source both for people and eagles. The figure of the bald eagle appears on carvings, sculptures, masks, and other works of art. I portrayed it here with a salmon, which is an important food source.

Watercolor on cold-press Arches, 10 X 13 inches
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! :)  This reminds me of a picture you'd see in an illustrated book about eagles - very professional!
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MagarahTezerra Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Is it alright if I use this thesis as an reference image to practice drawing an eagle?
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional
very nice work
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow stunning:heart:
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Ricochet5432 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
this is absolutely beautiful
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
NICE!!!
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ChatonRose Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: The shading of the feathers is so gorgeous!
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GramMoo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: featured here [link] :flowerpot:
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KaityBear Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
This is truly beautiful!

The coloring is amazing, so life-like!

Eagles are important to my tribe's culture, I simply love them :heart:
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Jupifang Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful surroundings. I wanna go back there.
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Balds are nasty thieving meanyheads. Highly overrated. Franklin was right, the national bird should be the turkey, they at least honor family and unity and don't get most of their food by stealing it!

Hee hee hee!

s'true.

Beautiful painting though, I love how you got the lighter edging of the feathers. I always slop those up, no matter the media.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you too know the truth about bald eagles! :D Bald eagles get most of their food from piracy (usually from ospreys) or scavenging. Still, they do hunt some fish, and occasionally waterfowl if they can catch it.
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
::Nod nod:: Hee hee hee.
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Greylight-S Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
One of my favorite birds of all. The Bald Eagle! With one of his favorite foods the salmon or is that a trout? The scenary looks similar to areas around the inside passage of Alaska and around Puget Sound in Washington state. Excellent job on this!



Greylight S.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a salmon, as mentioned in the description. :) Thanks!
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Greylight-S Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
You're welcome!
We get lots of salmon up here. King, pink, and sockeye.



Greylight S.
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wwwEAMONREILLYdotCOM Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
superb work. Great detail.:D
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WarFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes sense to portray with a salmon, that in particular was a critical food source for both the people and the eagles (not to mention the bears lol).
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blacksent Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Excellent. And we're about to head for the great Pacific northwest. (Portland to Crater Lake.)
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Have fun! Crater Lake is beautiful. :)
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blacksent Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
thanks! I'm SOOOOO looking forward to it.
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DancingDragon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
There's something almost quizzical in the bird's expression, something not many artists choose to portray in this bold and fierce predator. Very nice to see a different facet of this symbolic raptor. :D
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you saw something more than the 'bold, proud, patriotic' stare too many artists seem to give their bald eagles. Frankly. I think they all look the same. There's no reason the feature list of a bald eagle can't include 'curious'. :D
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DancingDragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Precisely!
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The-Blackwolf Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, that's just amazing. :)
the details are stunning, and I really like the colors. they're not too bright, and there's so many different greens. nice work!
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