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Cypress Gadwalls by Nambroth Cypress Gadwalls by Nambroth
A drake gadwall pauses on a cypress knee to take a break (and probably preen) while a hen cruises by behind him.

Though the judging was on January 31st, the winning paintings for North Carolina's Waterfowl stamp competition were revealed last night. I am humbled and excited to say that my painting placed 4th (honorable mention) in this competition.

The photo I took of my painting isn't very good (the color balance is a little goofy)-- truth be told, it was quickly done so that I could get it mailed off to meet the deadline, but it gives you an idea of what it looks like.

15" x 20" (matted to 13" x 18" for the competition), Acrylic on Masonite.

Here's a link to the other paintings that placed in this competition: [link]

Thank you to my friends who lovingly kick my butt to help me get better at this!
A special thanks has to go out to my friend Hillary :iconrah-bop:, who not only helps me with reference for these ducks, but gave me a tour of some of their favorite places to go so that I may collect photos of my own.

And, thanks to everyone here that continually offers support. :) You guys rock!

This piece is for sale! For price and more information, visit here: [link]
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:iconvanwaglajam:
vanwaglajam Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your attention to detail is phenomenal!
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:iconjim-tobin:
jim-tobin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
FAN!
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:iconwilliamjcovello:
WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Marvelous work! :)
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:iconlibra1010:
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
 Very pretty work!:) (Smile) 
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:iconanavi-ivy:
Anavi-Ivy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student
Amazing job :D
In one momment I thought to it's photo XD
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:iconcascadeninjawolf:
cascadeninjawolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are we sure this isn't a photo?  Shock Emote  This is great!
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:iconisabellablk:
IsabellaBLK Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
It looks so real Really? 
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:iconatulpandya:
atulpandya Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
amazing detailing love this job.
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:iconmhairya:
mhairya Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is beyond traditional art, I have never seen water drawn so realistically
congratulations from the heart!
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:iconiloveart323232:
iloveart323232 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I thought this was a photo, it's so insane, I love it. What talent you have.
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:iconinsanemedic:
InsaneMedic Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Great Work
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:iconwolfofdesire:
wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist
wow!
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:iconblaze-5:
Blaze-5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
WHOA!Your so damn good painting realistic birds! I-I don't know what else to say...THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!:iconiheartitplz:
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:iconartworkbymw:
Artworkbymw Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
OMG! You're a genius!! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! :D
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:iconearleywine:
Earleywine Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice !!!!!
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:iconchatoyantes:
chatoyantes Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Oh-My-God!
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:iconamyran:
amyran Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
You are so good at painting ! I LOVE THE WATER TO ! <3 :D
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:iconshinymane1:
Shinymane1 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually said out loud 'no way is that a traditional painting' this is stunning! :wow:
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:iconxspiritwarriorx:
XSpiritWarriorX Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:o This is not a painting......it can't be.......it looks so REAL!!!!!1 IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE!!!! :iconnoeswooplz:
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:iconsilencedbydreams:
silencedbydreams Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Very nicely done! I love the lighting in this :D
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:iconava4zinkovsky:
AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Good work.
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:iconwatercreess:
Watercreess Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Oh wow! I really love the water and the reflection of the duck. :D
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:icondutchway:
dutchway Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
very very VERY GOOD!
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:iconyvonnifhang:
YvonniFhang Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning. Beautifully done and very realistic. The details are exquisite... Simply amazing. They're beautiful. :heart::+fav:
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:iconbluesonic1:
bluesonic1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's amazing!! I had easily mistaken that for a photograph, it's beautiful!!
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:iconkaede-kit:
kaede-kit Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
This is amazingly well done for a painting! I thought it was a photograph at first.
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:iconmguz192:
mguz192 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist
I thought it was a photograph!!!!
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:iconjunryou-na-kokoro:
Junryou-na-Kokoro Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Goodness. One of these days you're gonna win first place! (Or have you already?)

Anyways, I think you have done a lovely job here. You have quite the knack for painting feathers - they always look sleek. Then there's the water. Water can be so difficult to paint, yet you did a fabulous job with the reflections and colors within them! Splendid details, as always, especially in the duck's feathers closest to the viewer.

Keep up the spectacular work!
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:iconstacialune:
Stacialune Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconhunterin:
Hunterin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
That is wonderful! I thought it was a photo O_O
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:iconmistercarrot:
mistercarrot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
danmed i had to look twice too see its not a photograph. Well done.
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:iconkerpow:
Kerpow Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student General Artist
What incredible detail!
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:iconeaross:
eaross Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on placing HM! Next time you'll get 1st! :clap:
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:iconlaughingwaters:
LaughingWaters Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful.

Thank you so much for the serene share, Nambroth :)
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Fantastic work, Namjen!
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:icontyrrlin:
Tyrrlin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
That's wonderful news, Nam! I'm glad to hear you're moving up in the competition. These hotshots has better watch out for when you start winning them all. :-) *huggles*
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:iconnaturenerd02:
NatureNerd02 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang! :eyepopping: This is an amazing painting!!
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:iconkilo60:
Kilo60 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God, that is amazing. You have the most realistic style I've seen.
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:iconseekhim:
SeekHim Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I always like seeing pictures of ducks. They looks so cute.
And real enough to be photos.

GOD bless
John 3:16
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:iconelizelda:
Elizelda Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student General Artist
It looks so real, i thought at first it was a photo!
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:iconelizelda:
Elizelda Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Student General Artist
It looks so real, i thought at first it was a photo!
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:icontatharnuar:
TatharNuar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Ducks are weird. They kick and try to scratch you when you pick them up.
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I do that too.
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:icontatharnuar:
TatharNuar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Are you a duck?
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Not usually!
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:icontatharnuar:
TatharNuar Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Then why would you do that?
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Who likes being picked up by people they don't know?
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:icontatharnuar:
TatharNuar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
I don't mind being picked up by dragonesses...
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Eline-portraits Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Wow this is very good. Beautiful colors and amazing detail
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work on the ducks, they look so real! And you have some mad skills in making and colouring water! :wow:
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