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Birdbath by AmandaDrage Birdbath by AmandaDrage
8x10", oils on boxcanvas.
Common old house sparrows - giving some love to the overlooked souls of the bird world! Actually these are not as common as they used to be.
Another loose-style one - I need to get my ass in gear and paint some new work. So here's the first.

Multiple references used, thanks to =RustedScrapMetal. Here be but one: rustedscrapmetal.deviantart.co… You can dig out the others if you so wish. I am too tired right now, and am off to have a well-deserved nap.

Sold September 2013 at The Gallery, Sutton Bonington.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Oh that's so sweet! I love how they're either going crazy in the water or just sitting around and having a good time being all wet and fluffy. Such a shame the 'common' species like House sparrows or Wood pigeons over here are so overlooked; they're sometimes the most fun :D
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MSamsonov Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
sparrow everywhere ;)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
:nod: Indeed!
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1-800-BAMF Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, that's strange! Over here in North America they are thriving, and as an invasive species, they are a threat to our native birds. Some areas even consider them a pest where they are abundant!

Very cute painting. The colours looks so nice against each other... really allows the red of the sparrows to "pop". ^_^
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Yes, they're not declining everywhere I suppose. After I posted this I have been seeing a lot more of them!
Thank you very much :)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, this is just lovely!! :love: I love the colour palette and your vivid style!
They all look slightly different! :D One (female or young?) looks a little bit insecure. They're so sweet, enjoying a refreshing bath together!

It's true, house sparrows have become more rare recently. I'm very happy to know that there are lots of them living nearby. They chirp from the roofs so beautifully!
We also loved to watch them in the city centre when I was a child. They were so common, you never would have thought they might disappear one day. :(
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Thank you!! I have to say this is probably my favourite of my most recent pieces hehe. Got to love the little birdies.
That one is a female :) Alone in a group of boys, I'd imagine she is wanting to stay out of the way... lol!!

Actually after I finished this I started noticing more house sparrows!! They're not really rare or anything, but they're definitely nowhere near as common as I remember. Nice that you have a group nearby! :)
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Lovely work!
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Many thanks, I'm glad you like it! :)
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
My pleasure!
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Maran-Zelde Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? They're very common in the Midwest United States - I see them a lot more often than all the native species, except perhaps Juncos during winter.

Anyway, it's a lovely painting. :)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Well they are not rare or anything, but they're definitely nowhere near as common as they used to be. I probably see more thrushes and European robins, perhaps even blue tits and great tits, too. Good to hear they're thriving where you are!
Thank you very much! :)
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PortraitsbyCaroline Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely work .... I miss using oils, think I need to get acquainted with them again
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thanks :) I do love them. I had a bit of a break from them and did a few colourpencil and pastel pieces, now I'm back on the oils!
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TriciaS Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Exquisite!!
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Many thanks! :)
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unSpookyLaughter Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Very sweet - love the depth.
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thank you very much :)
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makangeni Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
love the colors and the movement in this painting, lovely work :heart:
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like! :)
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:iconterramoo:
Terramoo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job as usual. I love the water droplets.
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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Terramoo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure.
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Such cuties! I like the way they almost seem to be in a circle as in attending a dance...
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Haha! I never noticed that! Maybe water aerobics? Although only two seem to be taking the participation seriously. :lol:
Thank you! :)
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JennyMoedKorpela Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
=D
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like sparrows- they are overlooked, indeed. Well done with drawing these, though. Each one is behaving so differently.
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thank you very much! I appreciate the comment :) That's one thing I wanted to achieve with this - I tend to paint only the one subject per piece, out of habit I suppose. So I really wanted a bit of variety in this!
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. It's nice to put some variety in a pic now and then. I'm afraid I mostly do one character on one page. I will do the odd one where there is more than one, but not too often.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Yeah, same here! It's a habit that I never realised I had until recently ;)
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful piece. Very well done :)
I always enjoy the birds taking their baths. It's so cute! hehe
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Thank you very much! And yes, me too! I love to see them sunning themselves too, with their wings spread out. :)
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Scribblezrox Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ohhhh they are so ADORABLE!!! :heart: Beautifully painted!
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Aw, thank you! I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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Scribblezrox Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: You're welcome!
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GeorgiaHorsepainter Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I absolutely love this painting!!!
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Thank you so much! :)
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GeorgiaHorsepainter Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure, indeed!
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JEAikman Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww I love this :)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Yay :D Glad you do. Thank you very much!
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work :iconpiplupplz:
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome dear :D
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celeste1528 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
gorgeous!! :heart:
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Thanks very much!
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:iconceleste1528:
celeste1528 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
no worries :)
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LouiseMarieFineArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is brilliant, one of my favourites of yours Amanda :)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
:w00t: Thank you Louise! :) Glad you like it!
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner May 29, 2013   General Artist
They are precious and sweet in this pretty pic of yours and I do love sparrows. I don't know when last I saw one. They definitely were very common when I was growing up!
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