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Stretching Green-wing by Misted-Dream Stretching Green-wing by Misted-Dream

Here's my Michigan Duck Stamp painting for this year! The first of three duck stamps total this year. The judging was yesterday and I didn't place (as I expected). Richard Clifton won with his lovely painting. However, I did make it through to the second round (a first for me in this particular contest), but that's where it stopped. I guess they didn't like the fact that the bg was so dark--something to note for future contests. :) Anyways, enjoy!

This is about 9 3/4" X 7" acrylic on masonite. Also my first piece using my airbrush. ;) Refs thanks to Lesley off of WetCanvas.

For Sale: Matted with a white mat. Note me if interested.

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Manizhe-Mehr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your painting r excellent.🌹
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like them. :)
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neo2055 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
nice
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:iconmisted-dream:
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You didn't place? Wow, that really shocks me - your art is definitely good enough!!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :D Well, the winners were even better. ;) That's why you never stop trying to improve because you can always be better. :nod:
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Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! I see what you mean - but to someone who feels like they're still very much an amateur, people like you are so inspiring already. :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, well I really do appreciate that. :aww: So thanks again!
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Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!! :)
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croctooth Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Fantastic metallics!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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deerhunter2012 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Question: Did you prime the Masonite board with anything before painting on it? I do for oil paint, but if I dont have to for acrylics I would like to eliminate that step from the process! lol
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Alissa! Yes, I primed it with about 3 or 4 layers of gesso and sanded it down with a fine toothed sandpaper to get the surface really smooth. Haha, unfortunately it's the exact same process for both oils and acrylics. Otherwise, the paint may not stick to the board very well, the board may absorb some of the paint, or any acids the board may have could leak into the painting and yellow it over time. The gesso basically acts like a barrier against all that. However, if you want to eliminate all that extra work, I'd recommend buying some of Ampersand's gessoboards--it's the exact same kind of board, thickness, gesso, etc., except it's all done for you! (And they are very high quality.) I've recently bought some for that very reason of not wanting to spend a day or more gessoing boards (haven't tried them out yet, but they're very smooth!).
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deerhunter2012 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Darn! I was hoping to skip the gesso this time before starting a painting! Lol :) I was going to get Gessobords to try out when I ordered more art supplies but forgot. Its probably better to use up the stacks of Masonite boards and bottle of gesso sitting in the art box anyway to get some of them used up. It will give me something to do while I wait for my acrylic paint to get here ;) Thanks! ,Alissa.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, I know, right? I have a few boards left as well, but they are all ready to go (I gessoed two 18" X 24" boards--that was fun! ;P) But yes, I guess it never hurts to get in some good ol' quality time with them--makes you appreciate the already gessoed ones more, haha.
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deerhunter2012 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed!
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7yearsislongenough Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very nicely done. Such a classic pose...I watch this exact scene several times each spring.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I love this pose too--so different and beautiful. :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! :aww:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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ConkerLive87 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful ! Nice work. :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! Appreciate it. :aww:
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mistyofmyheart Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
I like the background
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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andrekosslick Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are a more than gifted person,in all what you do on your canvas.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I truly appreciate that. :aww:
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Eddy1948 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
very nice
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Eddy1948 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
your welcome
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I love the feather sheen and the detail on the grey feathers in this one. It's work like this that makes me realise I have to be more patient with the details! Hope to see many more duckstamps from you in the future ;)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Though, truth be told, I need to learn more patience with the feathers myself. ;) I don't seem to have as much of an issue when I'm drawing them, but it seems to be more difficult when it comes to painting them for some reason. Oh, there will indeed be more to come--they're too much fun!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I understand that totally. I managed quite well with the feather detail on the Ruff I drew, but when it comes to painting them, it is so much different!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, why must that be!? Arrrgh...
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Argh I'm just not commenting on your work and that makes me feel terrible because 1) you do comment on my work and 2) your work is so awesome it deserves my time. So yay I've picked your deviations out of my 2,000 deviations strong inbox and got the first one to comment on! :D I like the simple background here, the black at head-height makes that shimmering green and beautiful reddish brown stand out very well. Awesome detailing with the lines on his breast and the green shimmering part of his wing (forgot the English term, is called a mirror in Dutch) :love: I'm not sure how strict the judges were on anatomy, but I have just a very small tip concerning that. While you got your primaries and secondaries down very nicely, the greater-, median- and lesser coverts seem a bit off, especially in the area of the primaries. In most birds and also ducks, there really is a clear difference between the secondary part of the wing and the primary. The feathers in the secondary ('arm') part of the wing are fluffy and curved towards the body, while the primaries all point away and that area tends to be a bit smaller. In your painting the secondary coverts seamlessly convert into the primary coverts, while these really are seperate. There also are only big primary coverts, the rest are very small marginal feathers and the alula or thumb feathers, which you forgot to include here. Perhaps easier shown with a terrible quickly drawn duck wing: [link] Some photos to better illustrate my point; while it does not show all too much in birds like Green-winged teals or Mallards: [link] It shows the better in ducks like Blue-winged teals or Shovelers because their secondaries, and secondary coverts are COMPLETELY different in colour from the primary ones: [link] [link] In this one you can cleary see the Alula feathers sticking out to above the normal edge of the wing: [link] [link] In this last one you can clearly see all the different feather groups in the primary section. Of course first the big primary feathers, then the fairly big primary coverts, above that really small marginal coverts (they have a bluish tint in this species) and on top of those the big alula feathers: [link] Absolutely don't mean to diminish your lovely painting, just trying to offer some advice for you to win the hell out of this competition next year :lol:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwwww! Thanks for taking the time to comment! :hug:
Thank you! Yes, it's called a specullum here. ;) I don't think they were too strict, as it was all local people and not professional "judges", but regardless, I still like being strict with my anatomy--I find that very important. Ah yes, the wing! I've never painted an outstretched duck wing before, so I was definitely rusty in that area! I'm super glad you're pointing that out, though, because I want my anatomy to be spot on, and I knew the wing wasn't looking as good as it could be. It was hard painting this particular wing of this species because most of the feathers are very similar in color. :XD: And I think I put the alula in there, but it clearly wasn't well defined as it should be or was somehow "merged" into the lesser coverts somehow. I really do need to practice my duck wings! It's funny, because I seem to be able to draw them just fine, but painting them becomes difficult. That's probably why I've steered clear of painting flying ducks (or ducks with visibly outstretched wings) until now. :lol: Practice makes perfect! And thanks again for pointing all that out. I love it when people point out what can improve and it's legit. ;)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
You're welcome! :love: Ah yes, specullum, I think I've already looked it up five times and also forgot about it five times XD Anatomy certainly is important, many people tend to forget it is at the base of every painting - luckily you're very well aware of it (and it shows!) :nod: How ironic; I'm quite good at wings because I work with them a lot, but the rest of the bird is the problem for me :lol: Yeah, that sure is annoying. Also got that with black birds in the shadows, it makes it almost impossible to tell all the feather groups a part. However, with proper wing anatomy knowledge, that problem can be solved as you can also for yourself 'fill in' where the feather groups go. There's this lovely tutorial on dA that discusses this into total detail. Hang on, let me find it... This one's really good for folded wings: [link] while these are super when it comes to wings in general: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] Okay, I'm a sucker for bird wing tutorials, so these are a lot, but trust me, they're all awesome to look through (even just for fun!) And darn it, I have that too! I can draw things fine, but sometimes I try to paint it on the computer and it goes all wrong D: You're very welcome, good to hear it was also actually helpful :aww:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it's amazing how much it makes or breaks a piece of realistic wildlife art. :nod: Haha, yeah, that's true as well! I actually studied up on wing anatomy quite a bit, but haven't done it much recently and kind of forgot some of those important points, lol. Yaaaaay for wing tuts! Those are some good ones--I added them to my faves. :D Haha, it's just art being difficult, I guess. You can never seem to do it equally as good in both places. :shakefist:
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eidolic Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Great job! glad you are hopping on board the airbrush train! I'm working for the fish and wildlife service now in MN and I was talking to our regional director and hes help select judges before and whatnot.. anyways, he said he personally knows the Hautmans, and Scott Storm, and Richard Clifton... ect, and I asked him about airbrushing these days and he told me... "ha! how else do think these entries are so good these days?" So ya, we need them I am thinking. I'm excited for this years federal. I'm not going to get my hopes up, there are always fantastic entries, but... I'm thinking I've got a good one!!! ;) I did a pair of goldeneye's, so look out for it! and good luck to you my friend!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks very much! Oh, you're back in MN now? That's cool. Haha, that's so epic! I think it would be great to meet the Hautman brothers someday and Scott Storm, Richard Clifton, etc. ;) It definitely doesn't hurt to learn how to use them well. I've only used mine sparingly for mist, blurred bgs, etc. I'm sure your entry for the fed this year is spectacular, especially since your "practice" piece turned out so nice! I did a shoveler this year as I had refs for them and they're such interesting ducks. Thanks! I'll for sure need the luck--I've yet to make it past the first round, so that's my (minimum) goal this year. Good luck to you as well!
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eidolic Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
ya I'm in Fergus Falls until October. I kinda go from seasonal job to seasonal job right now.. I kinda wish I went to the home event for the Hautman winner this year. It was in the cities a few weeks ago. Apparently you could meet him there.

Ya I kinda agree with how you are using yours. I use it for little things like that too. I've kind of found that if you paint it to as close as you can with a brush first and then add a bit of it over the top, it makes it a bit easier on yourself.. Thats a good goal to have. That is kind of my minimum goal too. Or at least I'll be a happy camper if I do make it through to round two!! :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I didn't know about that either. Though, it's a couple hour drive to get to the cities from where I am. Who knows? Maybe someday.

Exactly! That's what I've been doing and it really saves you a bunch of hassle later. I also used it today to darken my bg a bit to highlight some contrast on the duck. It's nice because it doesn't get rid of the detail in the bg, only darkens it. I'm assuming they're showing the contest live again this year--at least, I sure hope so! I like to know how I do right then and there, haha.
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eidolic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Ya I've heard it will be. Either on the DU website or FWS's... I always get excited when they post all the entries online so I can see the competition! :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great! I'll wait and see then. And yes, I do the exact same thing--it's super fun!
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mttomimages Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Absolutely beautiful Shalese!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Barb! :aww:
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mttomimages Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's so hard to anticipate what they will like! Sometimes judges will go into a contest with a mindset of what they want-- for example, I had one judge I talked to say that they only scored pieces with a lot of environment highly... whereas another judge (another contest) said that they wanted all the focus on the duck and didn't like to see much background. Sometimes it makes you want to pull your hair out!

I like your teal painting!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, I know! I haven't had the opportunity to talk to a judge yet, but hopefully that'll happen in the near future. When I talked to Mike, he was saying that for the MI, they just have "average people" for judges, which I didn't know until this year. Interesting how that works.

And thank you! :aww:
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
For the MI stamp or for the ducks unlimited print? Ahh so confusing XD

For OK, the year that I entered, they had the general public vote for their favorites at a state fair, and then the second round was open to the entire internet for voting, which had me very surprised! Especially since the poll was not secure and if one was so inclined they could skew the results. Ack!
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