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A Paltry Affair by ursulav A Paltry Affair by ursulav
My collage-y neurosis eventually gave way to this. I dunno about the framing elements, but I had a lot of fun with the bird (an eastern phoebe) which is painted on wet-media acetate. It’s kind of a neat surface once you get used to it–I used Pitt pens for most of it, and since there’s very little adherence, I kept pushing the pigment around with the pens. So eventually I put the pens around and pulled out the needle tool I used on Sculpey years back (seriously, one of the most useful things you can have around the studio) and did a scratchboard style technique to across the bird’s back and to pick up the highlights on the branch. Really like the effect, and will probably fool with it again (and anyway, I bought a pad of a dozen sheets…)

Although now that I think of it, the bird’s tail should be a bit longer. It looks more like a flycatcher like this. Damnit.

Anyway, 8 x 8 mixed media, prints available at Red Wombat Studio [link] as usual, and the original is for sale–-drop a line if interested, etc!
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:iconmarbleneck:
marbleneck Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful bird!
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:iconthorskegga:
Thorskegga Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
Lovely textures!
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:iconwaywardclam:
waywardclam Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Indeed, a poultry affair.

(long time fan, compulsive smartass)
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ZoeSotet Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
What brand of acetate do you use? I would love to try this, but I've never heard of this and I can't find anywhere in NZ that sells it.
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep coming back to this one, and I'm not sure why I hadn't +faved it yet. It's really appealing to me.
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:iconurban-lingo:
urban-lingo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is so beautiful, i really want to do something like that :heart:
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:iconayuichi:
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful and interesting.
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:iconsehvrin:
Sehvrin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Wow, it's beautiful
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:iconanimefreak120:
animefreak120 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Great detail on the bird. It looks really good.
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:icondiana1sbq:
diana1sbq Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I love this! If I had a place for him (or her?) in my house I would buy a print. Maybe if I design a room around it....
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:iconswampqueen:
Swampqueen Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Phoebes are little BAMFs. They're the ninjas of the sky.
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:iconshivvylou:
shivvylou Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
really nice ;)
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:iconshivvylou:
shivvylou Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
really nice ;)
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kalabrianwolf Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I love birds so much. this is a wonderful portrait.
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:iconkatieunicorn:
KatieUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
thats so beautyfoul :tears:
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:iconmollinda:
Mollinda Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
Featured [link] :peace:
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:icontrixieg:
trixieg Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Beautiful. I love that there is so much going on, but the overall effect keeps its harmony. It would have been so easy to leave just the bird with minimal color and texture. But the gorgeous sunrise colors in the border give it a wonderful winter-into-spring feel. Lovely!
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toshirodragon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd never noticed the wrong length of the tail! XD

Love the red tones under the blue!
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:icongabriel-arq:
gabriel-arq Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student General Artist
I loved the way you mixed the framing with the central part. The bird is also great.
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:iconeyeslikeabsinthe:
EyesLikeAbsinthe Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, it's beautiful. Instant :+fav:
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georgiariverbird Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I knew right away you had an Eastern Phoebe in your beautiful collage. We have them on our land and they make nests in a few places on our house every year. It's not every day I recognize an overlooked species like this one, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this. Well done. :)
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irkendragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student
lovely
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:iconryua:
Ryua Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just have to say that I love a person who identifies the species of bird they're drawing/painting/photographing. I'm a bird nut, and it's frustrating to me to see some cool bird that doesn't live on my continent, so I can't even search for it.
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:iconphishvoid:
PhishVoid Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The framing and textures on this are lovely!
The back feathers look especially good! :D
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LunaNoctis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010   General Artist
How precious! I love the colors and designs you used.

Is an Eastern Phoebe the same as a Black Phoebe, btw? Because those are good luck :)
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:iconzazz96:
zazz96 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
-pointpoint- A phoebe! I knew it was a phoebe! I knew because I see them everywhere and I named one Bach when I was nine or something.
PHOEBE. >8D
coughcoughahemyes

Seriously, though. I positively love this picture. The background designs really make it stand out, and that border. Stunning. The way the branch keeps running through it is really, really cool.
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:iconmisshakio:
MissHakio Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
beautiful! love it ^^
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DimlorMeister Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Beautiful :>.
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:iconstinetroll:
Stinetroll Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome
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:iconsauerkrauthead:
SauerkrautHead Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the textures and line-work. Really nice.
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
you've been featured, here: [link]

:heart:
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:iconstarshine1957:
starshine1957 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
very pretty
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:iconslightlyavocado:
SlightlyAvocado Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Hey, I LIKE the frame! Very neat colors to contrast with that bird... And his textures are really awesome, too :3
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:iconfirebreathingsheep:
FireBreathingSheep Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
wow that's beautiful, i love all the details and textures. Very nice ^_^
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:iconmeganbednarz:
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010   General Artist
Haha! I was right! It IS a Phoebe! Very cool collagey style.
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:iconeternalpuppy:
eternalpuppy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Ooooo... I like it. Useful technique too. :D
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:iconrainydayfun:
RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really nice piece! I love the black and white image in the center and the colors and patterns chosen for the outside. Neat stuff!
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:icondivinexlight:
DivinexLight Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconnightink:
nightink Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the framing is wonderful
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GrypsCelsus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Lovely!

And I have to agree with the needle tool statement: I use mine all the time in an amazingly wide variety of artistic endeavors.
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:icondeadraco:
DeaDraco Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
pretty cool!! I do like the framing and the bird is lovely !!! nice use of patterns!!! :peace:
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:iconmyntkat:
MyntKat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous, I love all the colors and patterns you used in the "frame", it's beautiful!
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:icontheriona:
Theriona Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
This sort of picture would make a very cool magnet!
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:icondagger-13:
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely love it :D
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:iconjrhogg:
JRHogg Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
My first guess was Eastern Kingbird.
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IckleRayOfSunshine Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student General Artist
...Oh God these are like my favourite birds. ;; Love you EVEN MORE now. I saw the thumbnail and I was all "...phoebe? 8D PHOEBE."

<3 Great job!
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JynxedDraca Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I really like the framing element that you added to this. The bright colors and patterns really bring more focus to the bird while still allowing your eye to move about. I hope you do more of these, they're really neat to look at. Maybe when and if I get money I'll buy one of these off of you.
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Atipica Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
very much like :) !!!
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