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Autumn's Turn by windfalcon Autumn's Turn by windfalcon
Originally this was meant to be a double-stone watercolor, but after I'd painted it, I found that the stones I was going to use didn't match very well, so now it's just a regular watercolor painting.

Here we see Summer not wanting to give up her leaf to Autumn, who is quite ready for her turn to change the leaves to pretty colors. But Summer never wants to leave, and so she and Autumn fight back and forth, which is why in the fall some days are chilly and some days are hot. Finally in the end, since Autumn is the older sister, she gives Summer a firm peck on head and bounces away with her rightful leaf.

Several working titles that were going through my head:

Seasons Fight
Turn of Seasons
Sibling Rivalry
Gimme!
MOOOOOOM.
Big Puffy Season Birdies.

I eventually settled on "Autumn's Turn" since it has a nice double meaning. :3

This is also on sale on Etsy: [link] Oop, nevermind. Sold!

And also an interesting little 'step by step' image showing the progress from pencil sketch to finished painting: [link]

Ink and watercolor on cold-press paper, 5X7 inches
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ellenrose98 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
...wow, i just love how you've shown what you were thinking when you were doing this in the comments, it add so much more meaning....just beautiful colours, i also like how you have made the green compatible to the oranges by adding more yellow. I really think that any more contrast between them would have spoiled this piece for me, so great job!!! Love the feathers and just everything about this is amazing.
I really love how you've done the leaf and the colour change in it is very nice.

just wow..instant fav!!!
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:iconfootinadream:
footinadream Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
what weight of watercolor to you usually use? your work is beautiful!
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:iconciameth:
Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've featured this in my Autumn journal here: [link]
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing@ Thank you for painting it!
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:iconthefantasim:
thefantasim Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010   Digital Artist
Your beautiful Autumn theme deviation is being featured in my current journal:
[link]
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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bjs1990peregrine Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice job. I've loved this story for a long time - it's nice to see a facet of it once more here. Excellent color scheme and composition. Keep it up!
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
GORGEOUS!!!!
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TNHawke Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Lol, that's a great story to go with the pretty picture!
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:iconlerosenoir:
lerosenoir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Absolutely beautiful, but what do you mean by double stone watercolor?
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I originally was going to make this into a stone watercolor painting, like those found in my journal entry here: [link] I take small stone cabochons and create a painting with them attached to the paper. That was my plan for this (to have two stones on it), but I didn't like the way they looked so I kept them off.
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:iconlerosenoir:
lerosenoir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Oh, yes, yes, I remember these now! Thanks for clearing that up! But I'm sure you'll find use for those stones later. :)
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Shadoweddancer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009   Digital Artist
I am currently featuring this lovely deviation in my journal here: [link] :heart:

If you do not wish to have your work featured, please let me know and I will remove it.

Cyd :)
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very beautiful! I love the colors.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlsclayene:
lsclayene Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Beautiful, this completely rocks!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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XMLara Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
MOOOOOOM is the best title I could think of, lol. :XD:
I really love the idea of a little fight. And autumn looks really adorable! I love the headdesign. :heart:
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iggygirl Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Love the interaction between the two birds and the blending of the colours.
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DJ-Uni-Mekaju Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A unique and interesting concept. :lol: I always love the fall colors. :giggle:
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
I love the warm colours and the way you depict the feather irridescence - lovely
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:iconquaria:
Quaria Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Really beautiful idea and work! Absolute favourite :heart:
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:iconimako-kun:
Imako-kun Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
So lovely <3
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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silvermoonnw Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
I was always wondering if you used inks you in your watercolor paintings. The way you do it, it's hard to tell but it adds a crispness that I think you'd loose otherwise. And very nice choice of a title, very appropriate given the time of year it is right now.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Sometimes I draw with ink in my paintings, but usually I don't. Usually when I use ink it's for smaller or quicker paintings where I want to get a lot of detail. Also sometimes I just get in the mood to work with ink and then watercolor over it. :D You definitely get a different feel to the work depending on if you use ink or only watercolor. And thanks!
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zephyrwolfen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Such a lovely concept and a stunning piece! :love:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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zephyrwolfen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
You're welcome! :D
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DarkestHorn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This is very beautiful. I love the richness of the colours, it makes this piece look realy autumny. :love:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was aiming for "Autumny" :D
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Zoneh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
That's exactly why I check the forecast every single day. xD
Joking... Beautiful work, and of course, the idea itself!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I prefer the cooler days. :D
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AlectorFencer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
OMG this is so wonderful!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I had a lot of fun with it. :D
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Vastatuuli Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
This is such a pleasure to look at. The colours are so lovely. I'm an Autumn child so I'm especially touched by this...

Either I'm blind or it doesn't show the price on Etsy anymore (says it's sold out), but I'm curious, how much did it sell for?

...I don't want to close this tab because it's so beautiful. Words can't quite describe how much I like it!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh! Haha I didn't know it sold until I read your comment! Sorry, I never know how quickly certain pieces will go (if at all). To answer your question, this piece was originally posted for $60.
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Mine! The colors and play of this piece are absolutely gorgeous - so glad I now own one of your lovely originals! :D
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, so it was you! :D The funny part was, I always check my DA before my email, so I discovered this was sold by someone who commented, "How much is it? It says it's sold out on Etsy."

I'm going to try to ship it out today. :) Thanks a lot!
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Haha! I'm very glad I was able to snatch it up. Thank YOU; I can't wait to see it.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Filmographer
VERY pretty and well done and I can't get enough of the cute backstory you made for this piece. Your idea of combining birds with flowers and leaves never ceases to impress. :)
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :blushes: I definitely want to do more with the Seasons sisters and Nectarbirds.
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ikarus-exe Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome! Great idea. I love your season birds so much. <3 Wonderful colors in this piece.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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010100 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009   Photographer
This is a good example of the visual art going beyond its usual boundaries. With you little text, it makes the picture twice the size with meaning.

I love to hear what was behind a piece to really appreciate it to its fully. Thanks.

:)
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I always have stories going through my head when I paint things, so I try to put them in the description. :3 Thanks!
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:icon010100:
010100 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009   Photographer
That's very cool. It's nice to have the concept of the artist with the art. :)
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful detail! I love the color play :)
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peanutbutterpuppy Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Very nice work! I like how the painted stones look so real. And your birds are just amazing!
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