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Diamonds at Dawn - Reed Bunting by AmandaDrage Diamonds at Dawn - Reed Bunting by AmandaDrage
I have the words Dawn or Morning in far too many of my titles.

A small one for my show at the garden centre, which actually went up on display today, and I only finished this yesterday! It ought to be dry in time for the 8th, when Open Studios starts. Then I'll add it to the display.

Oil, 4x5" (I think) on boxcanvas. (The image is slightly larger than the actual piece.)
The branches and web go round the sides of the deep edge canvas, which looks really cool. :)

Refs were my own.
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Attyyay Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Gorgeous, lovely gallery you have!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you again :) I appreciate you taking a look at my work!
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors in this are amazing. One day I'll buy a painting from you, that's for sure. :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you very much :) I'm glad you like. I did enjoy the colours in this one!
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Bonniemarie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
this is so effective, i love the texture of the canvas and the web is painted so well!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you! I enjoyed painting this little one :aww:
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artistic-dream Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
There's something about this that I really really like, but I can't quite put my finger on it! It's a really beautiful piece, and the size of the canvas suits the size of the subject. Bringing the branches and web around the edges of the canvas is a nice finishing touch. Lovely work :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Yeh this was a fun one :D Thanks v much!! I'll have to get a photo that shows the side of it, as well.
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Nachiii Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, such a tiny picture and yet so detailed. I love the soft morning light and the spider web is a very nice touch :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Thank you! :)
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hennap Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats beautiful!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Thank you :heart:!! I like this one too.
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hennap Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most Welcome :)
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Blue-eyed-Kelpie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tiny paintings blow my mind! the detail is brilliant, and I love the pretty light and soft-coloured background :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Aw thanks :hug: I think this is my favourite of anything I've done lately. I really like the little ones...
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ShadowfaxCreations Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Naaw, dawn is the best time of day anyways... I have the same problem. ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
True, many of the best photos are taken at dawn or morning, especially bird photos - hence a lot of nice bird refs are from morning-time. And it tells a story, the words morning and dawn especially give the work a bit of atmosphere. I am going to ban myself from using the words morning, dawn, eve, or any names of months, in any of my bird painting titles in the next year. CHALLENGE! :XD:
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YOB Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really cool! :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thank you v much!! :)
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Allicorn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
This is cool but I think you should look into other types of canvas, maybe a finer one or one with a flatter texture. I think it throws it off for me, and makes it less enjoyable to look at with the texture behind it. I have noticed this in a few other pieces as well. Maybe a few good coats of gesso will fix it, maybe another material to paint on with more of a random natural organic texture in the background to help the bird out instead of locking it in with a grid.
None the less the art is fine, beautiful, I just think it could use a boost from the materials, which right now are bringing it down for me.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Yes the photo particularly doesn't do it any favours! It is not quite so distracting in person, if the light is hitting it right. My light was coming directly from the right here, which showed up the grain a lot more.

I can't help buying these little boxcanvases even though the grain is quite large. They're too cute for me to resist lol. I have some small pieces of MDF board and acrylic card, but it means I have to get them framed... with the little boxcanvases I can just paint them up and nail them to the wall as is (which is why I've done quite a few of them lately, I had shows coming up and I didn't want to spend too much on framing. Plus small size = lower price and more likely to sell, which is what I need right now!)

Anyway thank you for the comment, I shall bear it in mind for future work! :)
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Allicorn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Sure, even just the concept and relationship between the materials you use should be just as important as the visual effect you create with them!
And yes the tiny canvases are fun! ^^
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Newgaia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. Beautiful.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thanks so much :)!
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Caballista1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow OoO
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
:) Glad you like!!
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love these little paintings. :love: The colors of this one are particularly dreamy and they work so beautifully together.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
:) Thank you!! Glad you like :heart: Yes I definitely had some fun with the background colours.
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The colours and markings look awesome!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thanks!! :) I do like the rainbowy background hehe.
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Love it! These tiny painting are just too cute to endure. The soft rainbow colored background is so nice. This little one really stands out I think, the details are subtle but eye catching.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Hehe thank you :) I did spend a little more time on detail than I normally would for a small one... I used a decent lens to take the main ref photo, so I had clear detail to work from!
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   General Artist
..."nicknames or Afrikaans names" I meant. Sorry.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
That emote is trippy... :o
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
I know, right?! :iconglompglompplz:
Could you note me your current postal address, if that's okay? I'm sure I 'owe' you something.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Hmm, you do?? That's news to me :XD: But hey, I am up for trades of candy and cute stuff anytime. :la:
I will wait, because I'm due to move soon... actually, it was supposed to be 8th Oct that we got the keys, but now we're being told that it may be delayed due to some problems. Which is super awesome because I am supposed to be out of my place by the 15th. So who knows, maybe I will be homeless for a bit :w00t:
(Ok that won't happen, but you know... I will be rather inconvenienced at the very least!!)

So, I will let you know about the address once I am more sure what's going on... haha!
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   General Artist
Amanda, I don't know what I did with a message from you where we were sort of talking about your bookmarks. :roll: I don't think it was in that note (which I know I haven't even replied to), but I must mention that 'issue' now again :lol: I mean, I just read your latest journal now, about your plushies and the potential raffle and I feel I must tell you what my idea was about your bookmarks, hehe. Basically I had the idea of paying for 5 of of them or so and they could be sent to, for instance, five of your watchers who you felt would really adore the bookmarks, but for instance cannot afford them or whatever. Of course they would then need to let you know their postal addresses and so on. I suppose, though, if you were to give bookmarks (sponsored by me) to people who bought plushies from you, they may not quite fit properly in the same packaging? Not sure and you're mentioning a raffle there about people getting an original art-piece from you. I SERIOUSLY would be very happy to sponsor five bookmarks in addition, if you like? Or if you have a different idea about who to give the bookmarks to, it's your choice :D If you'd prefer me rather to sponsor owl or pony plushies for those who are wonderful watchers of yours, but can't afford to buy them, let me know, okay?

Oh and relating to this message of yours I'm replying to, one problem with me doing trades of candy and cute stuff is that international post can be expensive for me unless it's a small light item or, say, a letter or postcard, you know? That's why I've tended to buy from Amazon when I send a gift to someone in the UK (Or the US occasionally, then of course I use the US Amazon site), though there definitely are exceptions. Would love to post you something from here regardless though, but when/if you let me have your address, I may initially go for the easier option and go via Amazon :slow:

You doing okay in your new place now? I want photos! :la::iconsupereagerplz: ;p
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Oh, that's a cool idea! And of course very thoughtful and generous as always... ;)
I would have a tough time choosing people! I'd have to have a think about how I'd do it...

Maybe I could have a poll, or a journal, and everyone who comments will be entered into the raffle to win a bookmark? Or a plush, their choice?? Hmm...! That sounds like a cool idea. Are you sure that'd be okay?

although then there is the possibility of people who never bother to comment or talk to me, or even watch me, posting a comment... hmm. I'd like to give back to those who are good to me :XD:

Hey, don't worry about sending me stuff ;) Postage is extortionate, I was reminded today (posted two pieces of art I sold, the total was 55 and I quoted them 18 to ship, turns out it actually cost 35!! Ack)

The new place is going okay, just some little things left to sort like curtains, lampshades, and one room that hasn't been set up. Mostly everything is more or less in its place now. I will try and get a photo of my little arty corner soon!! :la:
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012   General Artist
Probably we'll talk in a note (or notes) some more about this then, instead of under your Reed Bunting :lol: Better to give them to people who are good to you, yes ;) Totally agree! (Maybe they can be bonus/surprise prizes, 'consolation prizes' to some in that raffle you've just advertised, where you draw more names after the initial one who wins the grand prize of the piece of original art from you? That way you'd be posting to someone you'd already have been posting a plushie too?)
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   General Artist
Looks familiar. By which I mean it reminds me of local sparrows (with nicknames of Afrikaans names of mossies. well, Cape Sparrows are the ones I know). Anyway I know you say this is a Reed Bunting though :lol: So yeah, I was just saying :phew: very beautiful, I love the lighting and the cobweb (if that isn't a bad word for a lovely patterned spider-web anyway!) and the moss ;) The bird is sweet too of course and in fact is the best part of course :D :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
:D Thank you so much Mel. I'm glad you like it :heart: The Cape Sparrow (just looked it up) is indeed kind of similar to the reed bunting, except the head pattern. Same colours near enough!
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   General Artist
I wonder if buntings are much bigger than sparrow, I imagine them that way.
Let's google reed bunting quickly :idea: Ah! One source actually calls them sparrow-sized though :lol:
I saw photos of the female now as well and that too reminds me of female Cape sparrows, hehe.
I know I've loved photos I've seen of snow buntings. Especially when they're in a nice snow with a bit of warm lighting :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Maybe they are closely related!

Snow buntings are beautiful little birds especially in their white summer plumage. I'd love to see one.
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012   General Artist
:nod: :heart::iconlovewhiteplz:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's awesome! Another nice little piece from you. Love the spider web and especially the colors you chose for this one.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
:) Thanks! I was proud because I combined not one, not two but THREE elements from three different photorefs for this one. Believe it or not that is a record for little old photo-reliant me. :XD:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, awesome! :clap: You merged them nicely, and I would've never guessed.
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DejaVuRio Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! The colors are so soft, and the whole painting is so delicate! :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Thank you so much :hug:! It's my favourite of anything I've done recently, I think.
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Jag6201 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful - I love the details of the spiders web.
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