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Signs of Spring by Misted-Dream Signs of Spring by Misted-Dream
Alrighty, here's my 2010 entry for the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. It was very nice that they streamed it live this year, because I was able to see how I did. I didn't make it through the first round, but I was close. ;) I had two "ins" and three "outs", which basically means (to me) that two of the five judges at least considered my entry and liked it enough to give it an "in". So yes, this naturally means that I'll start practicing for next year. The nice thing about these contests is that even when I lose, I get so fired up about next years contest that it makes me excited all over again.

I hope to get some "professional" acrylics for next year's entry (this is made from cheap craft paint, which I didn't learn until I actually read the bottle). I don't have a watermark on this, so respect that or I'll slap one on.

10" X 7" acrylic on masonite.

For Sale: Matted with a 1" white mat. Note me if interested.
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pricklythehedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this is amazing ! i love it :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :aww:
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Great job :D
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
You're welcome :)
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ChuckRondeau Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
I really like this one.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ChuckRondeau Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
You're welcome.
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dove-51 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very very nice. :heart:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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dove-51 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconmw-mypplz:
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mushroom-pride Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Really lovely! Congrats on your two 'in' votes! :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I didn't expect those, since the first three "out" votes were held up right away. I loved your entry as well. :)
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AlchemistKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is stunning.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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SuliannH Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
beautifully painted, you are very talented. Good luck for the contest! :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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ShyStriker Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
You should put this one up as a print.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the compliment! Unfortunately, the image is too small of a size to make a decent print.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Lol, I meant "reflect". XD
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
This turned out beautifully... I love the blues and the work on the feathers. Do you need all five to be In to go through, or just a majority of the five? I love the light coming in from the left, and the way the blues refelct off the birds. Gorgeous job :) it really is beautiful!!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! You need at least three "ins" to be in, so I was literally one vote away to get past the first round. :faint: I'm a bit unhappy with the anatomy of the male standing up, but otherwise I'm pleased overall with it. Of course, I know I could do better if I were to do it again and therefore I'm really excited to start improving for next year. ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
Awesome :D that's the spirit. I just messed up one of my paintings and the idea of having to start over is painful for me right now XD Can't wait to see more birdy work!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ack, I hate when that happens. (That actually happened to me at the beginning of the year; it sucks.) That's when it's nice to pull something else out for a change, as I see you've done with your Eagle Owl drawing--very nice! That's the nice thing about art; it's many different mediums can really help your creativity. ;) And yes, more bird work from you as well!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
This is true ;) it's times like this I find digital can be helpful. I'm working on a digi thing right now just to give me a break from paint etc and refresh me a bit. It's not a bird though! D:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah yes. I haven't touched digital in a while, mainly because I've been working on my Senior Studio art class--which is all traditional paintings. And let me guess, is this the horse one you discussed briefly in your journal? ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Yes, and I have to say you are racking up some gorgeous paintings lately by the looks of it! - I keep seeing them pop up in my inbox and I haven't got round to them yet but I'm slowly working my way through ;) Really amazing looking stuff, I look forward to having a better look at them!!

Yes it is... it's finished now thank goodness :XD: now I should really get back to real paint, but I still don't feel like it yet...
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thank you! I'm happy with the progress thus far. Compared to my horrible painting year last year this is very refreshing. :nod:

And it is amazingly gorgeous! (As I commented on it. ;)) Sometimes though, I think it is necessary to have a somewhat lengthy break from things like that--especially when your digital pieces turn out so nice. :)
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StellaMay2807 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Amazing :love:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!^^
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
GORGEOUS!!! You should have won with this one!!! Fantastic work!! :clap: Your work improves all the time, you are really good!! don't give up!! :tighthug:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! The one that did win was 10x better than mine, trust me. ;) And thanks! I know I'll only improve as time goes by, so that's what keeps me motivated.
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Antianira Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
beautiful!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Antianira Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
you're welcome!
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful colours! And gorgeous birds. :aww:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yeah, these colors are abnormally bright for me, but I figured it would look nice for a change. ;)
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I'm glad to hear it did well in the contest, I'm sure you'll nail it this year if this painting is anything to go by. :D Lovely!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It actually didn't do "well" in the sense that it didn't get past the first round, but as far as how close I was to getting past the first round, I guess that's where it could be applied. ;) Yes, I hope I do better next year. Each year, though, I'm always growing and getting better, so hopefully then my paintings will only get better.
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ArtofBekSutton Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i would defiantly give it an in
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks! :D
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weida34 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist
.. just beautiful :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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JGunner Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Very nice! Sorry you didn't make it in the contest, but good luck for next year!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I kind of expected it to turn out this way, so it's all good. ;)
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FunkCrusader Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
well done. good luck next year!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'll definitely need it. :)
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dx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!
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