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Winter's Prayer: Cardinal by plantiebee Winter's Prayer: Cardinal by plantiebee
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Happy Holidays everybody!! :D :santa:
This is my Christmas painting this year, and the 4th addition to my Bird Girl collection.

I painted my older sister, Alex, with a bird I thought suited her very well: a Cardinal!

The inspiration was St. Lucia, whom is celebrated here in Sweden every 13th of December to mark the day of her death. She has the traditional crown of candles, and red ribbons :)

Hope you all enjoy her!
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LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Writer
:wave:Hi! Your piece has been featured as inspiration in #Lit-Visual-Alliance's Winter Alliance Contest article! Please :+fav: the article to bring more attention to the features and the contest. Thanks! :)
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plantiebee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you ^^ i have done just that! hope you get some awesome entries!
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great series of paintings, and I love the work on the hair and feathers! :)

One thing I would suggest for future is to use a wider palette for skintones, this seems to be painted in shades of one flesh hue, but realistic skin is made of bits of pink, light blue, dark violet, dark red etc., depending on the complexion and lighting. See this cool reference: [link]
If you overlap these colors in thin transparent glazes, you can get pretty realistic look because skin is translucent :)
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plantiebee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
really cool reference there, ive definitely faved it!
all these paintings are a real challenge for me, skin can be one of them deffinnitely. i try to use alot of blues mixed in with the reds for the darker shades but i get a little crazy when it comes to blend and well.
there you have it :P but this reference is definitely something i want to use in the future without a doubt.
id love to do a really nice blushy, purply shadow piece sometime like you see in watercolors a bit easier (there again with the transparent glazes!)
but thanks for the great tip! i will be using that for my next portrait :D!
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
No problem, I always like to share good resources! :)
Yeah, skin is one of the biggest painting challenges. Awesome, I'm looking forward to that! :D
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CatsWire Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's beautiful! It makes me wonder what's going on in her mind ... she looks as if she has been disturbed talking to the bird :D
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plantiebee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
lol the innocent looking ones always have disturbing things to tell :P
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ViperishPath Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Wonderful painting! She's beautiful, and I love the Cardinal. Good job!
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plantiebee Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much viper!! youre so sweet ^^
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ViperishPath Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Student General Artist
^_^ You're welcome!
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