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Voice of Autumn Light

By windfalcon
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Everything that I experience becomes a bud on the tree of my imagination. One single experience may not seem significant enough, but when it grows among clusters of other unfurling buds, it makes an important contribution to the whole. The greatest impact on my life and art have been the existence of falcons in the sky, art and literature. Even before a saw a real falcon, I was in love with their sharp wings and dark eyes. I found them in heavy books full of John James Audubon's paintings, and painstakingly illustrated in ink by Peter Parnall's hand. A life of yearning for more nature than found in the island of suburban neighborhoods spurred the obsession with trees, leaves, acorns. Oaks represented the old and arboreal, with a mythological sacredness to hidden creatures.

Autumn became a time where the world around me, no matter how cluttered with houses or choked by the growl of engines, burst in color that rivaled any paint or pigment. There seems to be a warmth, felt only visually, when the leaves turn to orange and gold.  This piece, created for the ArtOrder "Inspiration" challenge, embodies the concepts, emotions and ideas which represents my own inspiration - a collection of buds that when pieced together, create a poem where wings and leaves and autumn light are the words.

Acrylic on board, 16X20 inches
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© 2013 - 2020 windfalcon
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this is really good
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I love the very beautiful detailed work you did especially on the wings. :aww:
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WOW this is totally beautiful work.

awesome by smault23
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chetjeHobbyist Digital Artist
Incredibly beautiful Heart 
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LeoDragonsWorksHobbyist Traditional Artist
Autumn is my favourite season, all the best color of it are summarised in this picture ^^
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elorhirProfessional Digital Artist
Incredibly beautiful!
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gypsy0511Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is seriously my favorite art of a bird-ever! It's breathtaking!
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allison731Hobbyist General Artist
Featured in :iconfuture-visionaries: Hall of Fame 
Your work is Star! The Best Art of the Day Star!
Congrats. ;) (Wink) Love
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i love birds and this is amazing!!! :happybounce: 
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BlossomsBrushStudent General Artist
This is one of the most beautiful hawk paintings I have ever seen!
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NakaseArtProfessional Digital Artist
Once again, Congratulations on winning ArtOrder's Inspiration challenge!
I love this painting, and I hope you offer prints sometime of it =)
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!  I likely will offer prints :)
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Your description of Autumn as a time when the natural world bursts into the urban world reminds me of the the Celtic conception of Samhain as a time when mortal world and the spirit world connect. Interesting that both occur at the same time of year.
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VesicantStudent Photographer
I can't even find the right words for this! This piece of artwork is beautiful in so many levels! 
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This is a spectacular beauty !  :love: :clap:
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Cobalt549Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice feather detail!
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SwanLullabyHobbyist General Artist
This is really great!
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You've captured the warm-color autumn glow perfectly in this piece.
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WhiskerfaceRumpelHobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, truly breath-takingly, stunningly, thought-provokingly beautiful. 
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exit-humanityHobbyist Photographer
splendid photo,picture or what she is :D congratz
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ascenciokProfessional Traditional Artist
This is phenomenal! The feathers are magnificent and I love the warmth of the colors. The lighting around the head gives the overall piece such a magical glow.
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CellyMonteiroProfessional Digital Artist
<font><font>Very nice!</font></font>
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