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Long-Tailed Ducks by Nambroth Long-Tailed Ducks by Nambroth
Formerly known as Oldsquaw, Long-Tailed Ducks are some of my favorite ducks! I think they are beautiful and charming characters.
They are a diving duck, and have been known to dive more than 200 feet (60m) in search of mollusks to feed upon!

Unlike most ducks, drakes molt their feathers three times a year, creating a changing and complex different set of body patterning. Shown here are early winter breeding plumages. The drake is in the back, while the hen is up front.

Acrylic on hard board, 9" x 12"
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Eclipsestar56211 Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reflections perfect. The feathers look real. The water has texture. 10 out of 10! ;D
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J-Hump Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing
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:iconjudyeve:
Beautiful! I love how you painted the long-tailed ducks' feathers.
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:iconminc1:
Stunning work here, will enjoy following your art. Very beautiful.
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:iconyurikolovsky:
Photo-realistic
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:iconphotospider:
Hello!
Beautiful artwork.
Can you tell me, please, when you paint water waves, you use a retarder for acrylics?Because I have a little problem: the acrylics it dry so fast...and, for me, is a fight agains the time to work quickly...
Thank you!
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Nambroth Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hello, yes I have this problem too. It is hard to get nice blending on smooth surfaces. You can use a retarder, or simply use many careful thin layers. There are also acrylics such as "Golden Open" that stay wet much longer. Good luck! This is a hard problem to overcome, I know.
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:iconcoyotesoul:
I love this plumage on the drake. I remember the first time I saw a Long-tailed Duck, it was the coolest thing ever and this took me back to that moment on the pier at Lake Ontario.

Your paintings are really stunning, the details in there with the feathers on the hen's breast are just wow... From the thumbnail, I thought it was a photo (but I knew you to be a painter)... it's a really nice piece!
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