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Thesis - Harpy Eagle
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Published: June 1, 2009
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This is the third in a series of ten paintings for my thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. This is the harpy eagle as seen as divinity by the Baniwa people of South America.

Kamathawa, depicted as a harpy eagle, was though to bring summer and send away the rain. In this painting, I wanted to show the harpy eagle clearing the skies of rain, and in the distance is one of the Tikal Towers. Although the Tikal Towers were Mayan and not related to the Baniwa people in culture or location, the harpy eagle is found in both regions. I wanted to show the cultural significance of this raptor in the rainforest regions.

Watercolor and white gouache on cold-press Arches, about 11X14 inches
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FuriousNova's avatar
FuriousNova|Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous 
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RaptorPainter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! :)  You don't often see artwork of Harpy eagles.
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I agree - there needs to be more art of them.
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RaptorPainter|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :) One of my former managers went on a trip to the San Diego Zoo and tried to photograph their harpy eagle for me to do a painting of, but unfortunately, it's kind of high up, and also behind chain link, so it's not a particularly great reference photo.  I might still be able to get around it somehow, though.
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iceyr23344ot|Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool. i liked how u put rhe temple in the background ;)
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cheetahsintheearth's avatar
great leaves! don't understand how you stand all that work :/
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Vampyre-Lover's avatar
AWESOME WORK!!!
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TNHawke's avatar
stunning!
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Villa-Chinchilla|Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: MAGNIFICENT :heart:
:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:
SO lovely :w00t: it is really quite stunning.
All the beautiful details + colors and the whole composition makes this so amazing to look at.
:blowkiss:
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onichan|Professional Artisan Crafter
his head looks a lil funky, but i'm not the pro
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windfalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure if it's too big or not...the thing with harpy eagles is that they have this big crest, so it makes their heads look bigger than they are. It still might be too big, though.
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El-Lobizon's avatar
Oh my... you are awesome with watercolors, really love the clouds and the feathers works must be eternal ^^
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meihua's avatar
beautiful painting!
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ChatonRose|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful colors and details!
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KaidensLady|Student Writer
A magnificent!! Harpy Eagles are my favourite type of bird..... but I've never been able to see one. It's such a lovely painting! Skilled much?
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Malbi88's avatar
one of my favorite moments from Animal Planet is Jeff Corwin holding one and it being so tall its head was above his and it pecked him.
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TheAntimonyElement|Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent! I love the ghost-patterns on the wings. Love the subject, too! :)
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WarFalcon|Hobbyist General Artist
Those things are cool!!! They swoop down and catch monkeys to eat!
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Beautiful colors and pose! It's incredible that you did that with paint. o.o
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