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Chaffinch by windfalcon Chaffinch by windfalcon
Looking at my work, I realized I rarely ever paint passerines! This was a bit of a personal challenge, to choose a small bird and paint all the subtle details of the wings. I learned a lot by painting this, particularly in the wing anatomy of such small birds. All the feather groups are still there, but in different proportions than larger birds such as raptors.

Seen here is a male and female chaffinch in a flowering European crab apple (Malus sylvestris). These birds are extremely common throughout Europe, and the males have such lovely plumage.

Watercolor and just a bit of acrylic on illustration board, 8 X 10 inches
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WhiskerfaceRumpel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such a lovely painting.  It feels so calming and joyful at the same time!  
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PicaPicaMagpie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so lovely it makes my heart jump
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alomhordozo57 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Amazing gallery!
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Apple blossoms are so pretty and so are both of those birds.
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yurionna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The details on the feathers are amazing :love:
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ThisIsMissMic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student
Absolutely stunning!!
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queenofairanddarness Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous!

Your work with feathers and detail is amazing as always. It's interesting to see you work on paintings of things other than raptors, and I think that you did an incredible job. Your background here is absolutely lovely as well. Despite all this, I think that it is the colors in this that impress me the most.

AE
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DutchOrca Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, one of my favorite garden birds!
Love the colors and the anatomy is spot-on, well done.
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xia0ting Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
definately one of my most favourite works of yours :heart:
thankyou for sharing such amazing art!
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Kanoro-Studio Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOOOOOOOOAH thats sooo beautiful !!!!!!!!
thats amazing !!! i couldnt do dat im no where near that epicness !!!!
and let me guess u used water colour !!
lol i suck at water colours XD
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These little guys *do* have lovely plumage... I like the subtlety of color in the male's feathers, as well as the high-contrast black and white of his wings.
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Skrayle Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
You're so good at conveying subtle textures! I'm jealous! x'D
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Peppermint334 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woa! Love this!
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pablapicassa Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnifique !
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AnimeWolveslover Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is beatiful! The water color is great! You're very talented! :love:
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RainySkyz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012   Writer
So VERY beautiful!
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MysticDreaming Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Very beautiful.
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sarsoora1992 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
its sooo beautiful :) :)
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hibbary Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
These bird illustrations you've been doing are super pretty :3
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Silenced-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yessss we get these guys in our garden, I'm always SO EXCITED by a flash of white when I see a flutter of wings.

Such lovely birds for such a lovely painting C:
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Beautiful composition.
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MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh. I love this one! Very cool with the male flying, showing all his pretty colors. :)
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redman1997 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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SpiritMountain Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Beautiful! :)
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Luna-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
gorgeous!
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Namisao Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful picture. I love it =D
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PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is lovely. Nice to see something spring-like!
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AriesNamarie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! I love the feathering detail and the subtle tones of the background
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devilbloody Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesooome :) Congarts :)
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mortimersparrow Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have one sat on the window feeder munching away - beautiful birds. I would love to see your versions of long tailed tits - possibly cutest, sweetest little birds ever...
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Napst3rs Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work.. love the detailing..:)
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Beautiful! I love all the detail in the male's wings, very useful for scientific illustration :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! I love these recent paintings of yours. :D
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FireDragon97 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww they remind me of starlings ^^ (which are cute imo :3) anyho, amazing drawing detail! O.o especially on the wings!
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Kintupsi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bird wings never fail to amaze me! Great job on capturing the complexity of their designs! ^^
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Splendid! :)
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FireMaster13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the appropriate distribution of their little wing anatomy nuances. They're done very nicely, here. Lovely!
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