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7x10 inch acrylic painting.

Well this is what I entered to this years federal duck stamp contest. And I screwed up big time and I guess it costed me in the judging. First, the water is way to blue, I was going for something and it didn't come out right. Second, it is hard to see here, but I re-painted the background and it left bumps all over it from what was previously there. I told myself when it was time to ship it off that I totally screwed myself over for this one, and well what can you do... I didn't make it past the first round. I've got work to do and I know how to correct myself now and I guess I'm only going to get better if I keep plugging away. Learned a bunch here. I feel that I made easily preventable mistakes and I can only prevent them from previous experience so now I know.

But anyways, I am happy how the duck came out. It was a challenge to get the head right and the shadowing. I think I could have added more lighting to it, but I think it came out fairly well.

Thank you for looking, hope you enjoy.

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satishverma Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Meimei422 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful nothern shoveler!
Imthenats Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like you captured the wetness of the beak and the feathers. cool!
mushroom-pride Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JamesKnoke Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ewax100 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
sketchpuppy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
wow, the water is AMAZING. like always your art inspires me :heart:
Fullmetal-Animator Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The colour treatment is excellent. The way you did the reflection is terrific as well.
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice entry! I especially like how you made the beak and its reflection. I do agree with you that the water's a bit too blue, but like you said, you learn from your mistakes. ;) I feel my entry was a bit too rich of a blue as well, at least in the water. It's nice after entering a couple times to kind of get a feel for what the judges are looking for. Even so, whether or not your entry does well, it's always a good test of your realism and paintings skills in general.
LenhHoli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your water is amazing !!!!!!!
How did you do that ??????????????
AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I can see what you were going for with the water (I think) Sometimes water reflects some weird colours and shades and it doesn't always translate well to a reproduced painted image, I don't think it looks all that bad here. At least it would have caught the judges' attentions lol. The detail on the bird is flawless. Really great piece :)
cheekymonkeyali Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Is this duck stamp contest annual? I remember in the movie Fargo the guy is painting for a duck stamp contest.

that's one nice Shoveler imho
Nambroth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I really liked your entry; its so hard with these competitions because sometimes the things that make paintings good pieces of art doesn't necessarily mean they make good stamps. I think you got one or two "In" votes though didn't you? If so, congrats on those judges liking your entry!
eidolic Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ya two.. I'm ready for next year though. I think I'm at the point where I've made enough mistakes that now I know exactly what to avoid when starting a painting. Thanks..
Nambroth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
I wish I knew exactly what to avoid, or aim for! I am shooting from the hip. The learning process is part of the fun for me, though... just wish entering was a bit more affordable. :)
Best wishes to you next year! I know that you placed well last year and that's a huge achievement.
Western-Artistry Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
the duck still looks great
Vaxl Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Acrylic and it's lumps sure can be unforgiving, but I guess stuff like that happens with any media.

The competition must've been tough, though.
Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful crisp colors and details!
Mahican-Atim Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
Well, when it comes to colour of water or sky anything is possible I've seen some amazing stuff and if you saw this colour then you did, but I get what you mean; it just needs a little more depth under the duck and I don't think it would seem to blue then. A couple of weeks ago I was looking at some cloud formations and I told my husband, "if I were to paint a painting exactly the way we are seeing it right now, noone would believe it to be natural and probably wouldn't even like it." This is a phenomenal piece and a great learning tool by the sounds of it. The "re-paint" doesn't show up on the digital upload at all.

Beautiful!!!! I like it!!! Great job! :clap:
eidolic Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very true. Thanks for the comments!!
Wirikos Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Wulff-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the colors and think you did a good job!
jamesgreen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Its the best way to learn- from your own mistakes ! However looks a nice painting. well done
dragonhope Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
absolutely gorgeous piece :D
Dygee Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Regardless if you feel there are flaws in this, it is stunning. I wish you all the best in your future entries :)
Joan-art Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
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