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Birdflowers: Poinsettia - Dec. by windfalcon Birdflowers: Poinsettia - Dec. by windfalcon
The birdflower for December, Poinsettia. Firstly, finding the primary birthflower and birth stone for December proved to be extremely tricky. Every source I researched claimed it to be either poinsettia, paperwhite narcissus, or holly (which isn't exactly a flower). So, I decided to combine them all, not only for the reason of not knowing which was December's 'actual' birth flower, but also for the beauty that poinsettia, holly, and paperwhite narcissus create together.

Originally I was going to name it after the paperwhite narcissus, but I figured naming the bird "Narcissus" would have some undesirable connotations. The birdies know they're beautiful, but I don't want the poor December bird drowning in a pool after trying to kiss its own reflection! :giggle:

The eye and tailstones (which, for the first time, aren't visible!) are blue topaz. Both blue topaz and turquoise are listed as birth stones for December, so no complaining. :D

It looks to me like Poinsettia is doing a bit of gardening in the snow. Or perhaps this is its version of flower arranging. Perhaps it's saying, "now just a bit of holly here..."

Oh, and the white birch trees are there because I like birches. No other reason. :)

Happy Holidays, everyone! It seems like I was able to finish this one at just the right time in the year!

Two more to go!

The other birdflowers can be found here: [link]

Watercolor on illustration board, 9X12 inches
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:iconnyght11:
Nyght11 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous, probably my favourite of the birdflowers!
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SkyTeArs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
i just started doing watercolours and this is just such a beautiful picture, i really love the bird its like you gave her her own personality in this pic :D

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MJWilliam Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your awesome work is featured here: [link]
Happy New year! :love:
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SkullKnockade Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student
Stunning illustration! :wow:
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:iconthe-rasmus-raven:
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012   General Artist
Very beautiful :heart:
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Hawksong76 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Beautiful bird. And December's my birth month, so I have special reason to love her :D
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WolfSpirit27 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Though I was born in March, I think this is my favorite of the Birdflowers.......The contrast in the colors and the detail is just so beautiful, and the bird looks so gentle and majestic....just like a snowflake.
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
hi!your work is featured in my journal,hope you don't mind:)
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You've been featured --> [link] :holly:
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Stunning Perfection!!! A Masterpiece!!!
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electric-ace Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it is one of my favorites, and I find the plumage to be particularily stunning!!
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Lillithyen Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
A very great job! I love all the birds and especially the falcons! ^_^
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PaganFireSnake Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Narcissus is actually the flower for the birth zodiac sign of Sagittarius. Where as holly and poinsettia are the plant/flower for the actual month of December...just depends on what ref (traditional, modern, etc) you use but you can use either holly or poinsettia.:)
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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
I love the contrast of the warm vibrant poinsettias against all the cool, subdued colours of the rest of the piece :)
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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TheRealMorticon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there! This friendly message is to let you know that your deviation has been featured here: [link] Thank you!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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AleaIshikawa Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
This is really lovely. I am particularly fond of the poinsettia crest and crystal blue eyes on this one. What a beautiful series.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) The December bird was a lot of fun to paint.
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shimmer-dragon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
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Nevermind - it works now xDD
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shimmer-dragon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Argh :x I'm trying to full view this but it won't let me D:
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AkaneMuramasa Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Student General Artist
very beautiful. Fits my birthmonth perfectly.
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm featuring this beautiful piece in my Mind-blowing Feature: [link] .
If you don't want to be featured, please note me and I'll remove it.
:+fav:

Kisses&Hugs
Katia
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ElenaR Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008   Traditional Artist
Featured this in my new journal --> [link]
Hope you don't mind ;)
:heart:
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Psyciandra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
May I borrow this gorgeous image to use in a graphic? I will credit you of course.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It depends on what kind of graphic it is. If you want to use it in a school project, then that's fine, but if it's in something such as a collage or incorporated into a web graphic, such as a tube or signature, then I don't allow that (with any of my works).

Thank you for asking. :)
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Psyciandra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
This is the graphic I made with your image. ([link]) I like making profiles, if you let me, I'd use this as my Christmas profile for this year. As you can see to the top right I have credited you on being the owner on the image, and I'd write a section saying the same thing in one of the 3 text boxes. If you're still unhappy with this and don't wish me to use this, I'll delete the image.
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It looks lovely, though what are these profiles used for? Is it for a program or website? I apologize if I'm a bit unfamiliar with these things. :)
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Psyciandra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
I play a pet interactive website called Subeta ([link] - it's down at the moment though) I would just have that image on my user profile.
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blackthornart Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
beautiful work :)
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phoenix75 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
I have featured your beautiful art in my journal this week. If you wish me not to do this, please let me know. :hug: :heart:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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phoenix75 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
You are very welcome. I love your art! :heart:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow dunno why I hadn't put this one on my favorites. She's definitely my top favorite over all the others. There's something about the subdued colors with the strong reds that just makes me want to gobble this one up.
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thenumber42 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
That bird looks very happy...tralalalala winter decorating! :D
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zenya Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008   Photographer
Majestic!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
*gasp* You're back! :excited:
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:iconillicrit:
illicrit Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
This, by far, is the best of the birdflowers.
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eligeti Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Ah this one is beautiful among other birds & flowers :)
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The-Elven-Priestess Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
I'm a Christmas nut - beautiful. :)
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Nivailis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008   Digital Artist
Amazing style..
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Genki-Chu-Hi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
that is so beautiful!!! the white and red contrasts really well!
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Deora Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
I love the contrast with the white and the red. It's really wonderful.
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FrozenDagger Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Wonderful work! I like how you incorporated all three flowers...er....plants? XD I love the blue hues everywhere while the red pops out at you. I love the birch trees. They totally compliment the blues and grays with the bird. Looking at this makes me want to go play with my oil pastels and create a winter pic again. This is definitely one of my favorites of your Birdflower series. ^^
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delfee Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
oh wow !!! It's splendid !
Those colors, this sweetness...
I love it ! :+fav: :heart:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous!
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nyokirrr Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Great composition, I like this pic. :)
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008

Congrats!!!
I've featured this creation in the December Visual Art Features.

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:holly: HAPPY 2008! :holly:

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Hellobaby Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
I love ur talented :wow::+favlove: best of the best
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