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Above and Below by Nambroth Above and Below by Nambroth
This is my companion painting to my winning Federal Duck Stamp image. This piece will be printed behind/around the peel-and-stick issue of my stamp (called a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive issue).

For more information on what I am talking about, and to see works in progress, visit my blog post about it: duckstampadventure.blogspot.co…

The finished painting is 12" x 24" (which will be cropped slightly for the stamp issue).
Acrylic on Board

Featuring: 
Two Ruddy Duck Drakes (Oxyura jamaicensis)
A Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Swaying Bullrush (Scirpus subterminalis)
and Emerald Shiners (Notropis atherinoides)

The inspiration for this piece comes from close to home; I have enjoyed seeing waterfowl cruising the waves of Lake Erie near the shore, where birds often forage, and diving ducks are often seen appearing and disappearing again under the surface. It was important to me to select a native aquatic plant to this region. The Black Tern is a species of bird that depends greatly on wetlands and habitat that the Duck Stamp conserves, and is regionally endangered, with numbers dropping disturbingly in the last several years. Finally, the emerald shiners are a small and beautiful native freshwater fish known to school in the conditions I've painted. Special thanks goes to Donald Einhouse of the NYS DEC Lake Erie Fisheries Unit, and to Matt Candeias for his insights into native aquatic plants.

It is my hope that my painting reflects the important work that the Duck Stamp Program does to preserve, maintain, help, and renew wetlands and all of the many species that depend on them.
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Seapopcorney Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I wish summer was already here.
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ZiskaJa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool. I love the perspective.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When are the stamps going to be available for purchase?
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
They go up for sale at a ceremony on the last weekend in June; so, starting this July.
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll definitely be buying some!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I will post a journal when the time comes! :)
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah ha ha, great!
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Etomo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ah, this is lovely! The colors are perfect--I love the striking red-orange of the ducks and the tinges of green on the water's surface.
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Soifon101 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
AWSOME DUCKIES!!!!![F2U!] Chica Icon 
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
 Splendidly colourful work.:) (Smile) 
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I first thought this was a picture... Really nicely painted, it looks so realistic and I really like how you give us a look above and under water :)
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
This is beautifully alive with movement and light.
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asari13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice art
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Cryptid-Keeper Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Cool painting!! :D (Big Grin) 
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WagmoreBarkless Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!
I also appreciate the fact that you take the time to identify the flora and fauna with their scientific names. In this world-wide DA community, this eliminates the confusion experienced for the curious viewer, such as when looking at an unfamiliar species of the Laridae family, and finding the only information in the highly imaginative title - "Gull".  Duh!

But enough ranting from this bird nerd!  Congratulations on another splendid piece of art!Heart 
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JasmineCollinsArt Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's beautiful!
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lost-nomad07 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Such amazing art!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
so nice
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MagicBirdie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :clap:
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Virginijaa Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice!!
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Hantari Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
I can`t beliave! You so amasing draw in traditional)
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MinaWolf10 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!!
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Wonderful water, and that's HARD to do in drawn media!
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Cipherplex Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your detail and depth never cease to amaze, even the little fish in the background is so life-like
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maria-jaujou Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail in the water and the Audibon-like strict adherence to the species' appearance are both clear wins in this painting. Beautiful work. I read your blogspot entry (always love the wip walkthroughs!), but I'm curious -- was there anything particularly challenging in painting this, or anything new/cool you learned while doing it?
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
I never stop learning! Nothing huge, just a lot of little art discoveries. :)
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xY-a-z-z Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
looks amazing!!!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, it all looks so real! Beautifullly done, love the attention to details!
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work, Jennifer! This turned out SO nice! This will make an excellent PSA piece. :)
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Twoacks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Well done and keeps my eyes rolling.
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sourlemonfox Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
RUDDY DUCKS ARE BEST DUCKS.
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RedVelvetine Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, this is stunningly beautiful. The water looks so real and I love the little minnows swimming underneath and the bits of plant poking out of the surface. This is such incredible work, I hope you keep it up! 
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Dustmeat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the fish!
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
congrats on the winnig.

this is a great duck, best illustrated here.
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MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice! I love the underwater view with the little fish. Your waves also look very nice.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
I really liked painting the little fish! I must paint more fish.
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:iconmidgarzolom:
MidgarZolom Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree! Paint more fish!
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Liagon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's wonderful!!!
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