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Still Waters by Earleywine Still Waters by Earleywine
I have been working on this little oil painting of a male wood duck at the same time as I have been doing some drawings – and I finally finished him last night.

Wood ducks are such colorful little guys – and quite shy and timid. I have been wanting to paint one for a long time, and that desire got a lot stronger when I moved here. I have been watching some of the pairs that winter over in the local pond for the last couple of years now. Although the males are so striking with their bright colors and markings – I actually love the subtle colors of the little females even more. So there is a painting with a pair of wood ducks coming up in the future.

I knew I was breaking some composition rules when I laid this painting out, so to compensate for having the duck so far to the right, I painted it on a 12 x 24 gallery wrap canvas. Thus avoiding having to have a frame enclosing the painting and interfering with the composition.
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Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting! I love the shiny green feathers and the reflection of the duck in the water.
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks !! :)
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Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! (:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, how beautiful! :clap:
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) :)
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Dafepa Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Digital Artist
Love it. Excellent work!!!
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:iconearleywine:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
woh supah nice, good work !
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:iconearleywine:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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garyjsmith Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's a great wood duck :)
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:iconearleywine:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I think it is stunning.
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:iconearleywine:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :) :) :)
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TaniaAV Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
your beautiful artwork has been featured in :iconnaturalworldartists: [link]
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Tania :). A very nice way to start my day
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work, Pam! Love the crispness of the colors!
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!:)
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wolfmeg Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*:iconlololplz:
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wolfmeg Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice nipples! :iconlolololplz:
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
BRAT!!!
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Totsch Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's beautiful! :wow:
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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bleuie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! :clap:
I need to learn how to do that water ripples. :nod:
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Bleuie :). Patience and a lot of layering! haha
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natureguy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful! :clap:
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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natureguy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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faula Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Artist
great job with the reflection and ripples :D
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:iconearleywine:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :D :D
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Daeumeline Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. The mandarin dug is wonderful. I love it. I wan't learn from you.
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Daeumeline :). That was very sweet
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! Woodies are just such lovely ducks. I love your simple composition with this one. As you said, I also love the females' coloration a lot too.
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Shalese :). I wasn't sure if the composition was going to work or not - but it seems to be okay.

LOVE the little females with the white circles around their eyes and so subtle coloration
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've always thought those long compositions with waterbirds seem to work well. :)

Yes, that's one of my favorite parts too--that little white eye ring. I also love that they have a bit of a crest too, and especially that bit of irridecense on the wing.
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Zaroque Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, Earley. ~ c:
The ripples in the water are beautiful.
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you !!!!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful, love the water and reflections and the nice colours of the duck :iconblakelord:
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Earleywine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Sarah :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most welcome dear :D
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