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Double-Collared Sunbird by AmandaDrage Double-Collared Sunbird by AmandaDrage
Need a nice title for this one, but everything I think of sounds rubbish!

This is a greater double collared sunbird from South Africa. The reference photo was used with permission thanks to Lee Young aka ~YOB :)
Oils on 16x12" boxcanvas.

An experiment with style, I missed the mark slightly IMO but it still turned out nice, if not exactly what I had in mind!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Wow, wonderful depiction of this finely feathered jewel :love: I've seen sunbirds in Kenya and they are such incredible little birds, like the Old World's answer to the Hummingbirds. You captured that beautifully iridescent head here perfectly :love:

As for titles, 'Equilibrium' maybe? A bit cliché, I know, but it does seem Sunbirds have this uncanny ability to hang from and balance on even the thinnest and most wobbly of branches and flowers...
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh this is beautiful! And the bird is adorable! 
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Thank you so much! :) I'm glad you like it!
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Gamma-Wings Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! ^^
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Beautiful. :love: I especially love the colours!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Thank you! Yes it seems like all my favourite colours are in this painting... it wasn't intentional! I'm still wondering if I should have stuck to a more natural green...
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
You're welcome! :la: Who knows, maybe the painting was meant to turn out this way. ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
I guess it was :)
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SarahEsen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
All them colours!! Me love! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
:) Thank you!! I was worried it was TOO colourful... It looks better now that I put the glaze over it. :D :hug:
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1-800-BAMF Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh! Lovely work! Love the colours! ^_^
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you :) I'm glad you like it! It was originally brighter and lighter/more pastelish, but I was unsure so I pushed it back with a little bit of a blue-ish glaze to darken it. Much better :)
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ShanghaiSarah Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Gorgeous work!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you very much :)
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the background has turned out, all soft & lovely. The bird is beautiful too, but my mind is blank when it comes to a suggestion for a title!

Maybe 'African nectar'?
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thank you very much :hug: I wanted to allude to the nectar, or drinking... so that's a good one!
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I was thinking! A title related to the action :)
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   General Artist
Hope you already know I love this ;) Very soothing and beautiful too! (I finally found my local bird guide book - it actually has a sunbird on the cover and a bee-eater just inside. Also I was going through some photos of mine earlier and found a photo of actual South African proteas for you. I don't know what sort they are though :lol: Here: [link] )
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
:hug: Thank you Melodious-Mellificent-Mel :heart:
Haha, what a coincidence. With the book ;) This plant thing is so confusing! Thanks for the pic :hug:
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crystalcookart Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's beautiful!! There's a delicacy in the bird that also comes across as strong and I love that. :D I don't think you missed the mark at all.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thanks Crystal - Glad you think so :) I just need to practice my wet-in-wet work!
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HendrikHermans Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Hanging out" ?
Nice colours ! Well done .
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Thank you very much! And thanks for the title suggestion! I like it :D
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