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Summer's Eve - Barn Owl by AmandaDrage Summer's Eve - Barn Owl by AmandaDrage
9x12" oils on boxcanvas, commission

References:
Owl thanks to ~Crystal-Claw [link]
Background thanks to *AlaskaStock [link]

WIP video: [link]
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Gorgeous painting and very well done indeed. Barn owls are such beautiful birds, but have such enormously complicated and delicate markings - it's hard getting those right without cramping a piece with details. I think you managed to get them down really well :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Tell me about it!!! I think I painted over and redid the markings at least twice. They kept coming out too harsh, and I still think they could have been toned down further, now that I look at this again. It was difficult with the piece being relatively small, too. I'm glad you think I managed well though! Thank you very much :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Oh yeah, small pieces make things like that much more difficult. Hmm, I don't think they should have been toned down further still per se, actually. There are enough Barn owls which are rather dark and have those gorgeous clear markings as you've painted them :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
You're right, their markings do vary quite a lot! :)
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barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool painting
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thank you very much :) glad you like it!
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:iconbarnowlgurl23:
barnowlgurl23 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome
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swimdude002 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Thanks very much! :)
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:iconannavaital:
AnnaVaital Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist
that's AMAZZZING work
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! :)
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top art submissions for the month of July. You can find the article which also contains other beautiful bird art here: [link]
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Hehe I already saw it - and faved it! Manymany thanks!! :heart:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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:iconwisteria24:
Wisteria24 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student
Barn owls are my favorite :)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
:w00t: Yeah lots of people love the barn owls! Something weird and mysterious, almost otherworldly about them!
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I really like how the bird glows somewhat agasint the dark background, as if you see barns owls in the wild at night the all white birds glow from the darkness.
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Thank you very much - that is good to hear, since I wanted some kind of sense of the ghostliness of the barn owl in this painting, without making it a night-time scene :)
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student General Artist
You are very welcome.
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Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Majestic!
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Many thanks indeed! :)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
this is amazing mand! Great work, love all the feather details
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Thanks so much! :hug: Good because the wing feathers did my head in!! LOL
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Jennycallie Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Ah, I just love your owls. Nice work, as always! :)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
:D Thank you!! I don't think I'll ever get tired of owls!
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:iconbleistiftkind:
bleistiftkind Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That's beautiful, the light and the atmosphere is lovely. Barn owls are so cute... ^__^
Great painting!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Hehe yes they are. :aww: Thank you very much indeed!
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Embers Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I've been waiting for you to paint a barn owl - and looking at this, flawless to a fault is pretty much all I can, want or need to say. :worship: My favourite owl must go to my favourites. :bucktooth:
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Haha a barn owl fan! I did paint a small barny in watercolour before now, and I did a graphite drawing too - plus many sketches. I seem to have a thing about barn owls. And I never used to be particularly fond of them - I thought they had weird looking faces. :lol:

I'm very glad you like it. Thank you so much :heart:
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hennap Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow it truly is a very beautiful piece :aww:
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
:hug: Thank you, I'm glad you like :)
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hennap Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome :aww:
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jjay55 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
this is incredible, and such a photo-realistic piece of artwork!
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Many thanks, I'm glad you liked!! :)
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HyruleUnicorn Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't.. get over this... these are my favorite animal next to horses!!!!!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Ha really? awesome. I'm glad you like :) Thanks!
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HyruleUnicorn Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are! I've got an owl tattooed on my foot :3
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
What the hell. That is so cool!
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:iconbramley:
bramley Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
This is stunning :)
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad you like... :)
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
LOve!
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Thanks much!! :D
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88-Law Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning :)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Thank you very much indeedy!
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AlaskaStock Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Beautiful work!! Wow!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
:) I'm glad you like it, thank you!
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Fist thing that comes to mind is how soft this looks. It gives an early morning impression, like the owl just realized the sun's coming and, "Oops! Time for bed!" I really like the way owls look, I think this one is my new favorite bird painting by you. :D Owls, and tiny birds I like.
For example:
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[link] :rofl:
[link] :love:
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:iconamandadrage:
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Ah yeah it could have been early morning too! I didn't really have a specific time of day in mind. I'm glad you like it :) Thank you :heart:!
And yes, tiny birds rock! How about tiny owls?? I saw one earlier this week only about 15-20cms tall...
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Coi-kins Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bravo :clap: this turned out lovely. :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Many thanks!! Glad you think so...
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July 25, 2012
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Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/50 second
Aperture
F/1.8
Focal Length
50 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jul 10, 2012, 12:54:22 PM
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Adobe Photoshop 7.0
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