Tuesday, April 6, 2010

At Redwing Hollow


In my neck of the woods the Red-winged Blackbird is a common sight. You wouldn't take much notice of them except for this wonderful flash of red against the open fields when they take to flight. They spred their wings and because they group in large numbers it can be a beautiful sight to see- a sparkling of red against the black solidness of their bodies coloring the landscape and the sky. This is my entry for The Three Muses Challenge (Blackbird). I used a personal photo from a trip to a ruins as the background and added collage elements from Dover and e-vint.com. Gradient filters in Photoshop. This is a very old photo of the children- (not great pixel quality) and I discovered by using the Blur filter that it helped smooth out the images.

46 comments:

  1. I love every element of this piece. especially that you used your own photo. Magnificent! I can only imagine what a spectacle a flock of those birds would be. thanks!

    kim

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  2. Those red-winged blackbirds look spectacular here. It's a wonderful piece to look at.

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  3. wonderful and a lovely description that gives a window into your surroundings.EE

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  4. You've told a lovely story with this fabulous piece, Lori. How I'd love to see those blackbirds "in person" now that you've given us a peek. Beautiful! Hugs, Terri xoxxo

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  5. Beautiful collage! Love the atmosphere in it!

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  6. I love blackbirds--we have redwings here in Missouri as well. This is a great piece!!!

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  7. I have never seen a red-winged blackbird before. They must be a sight to behold. Thanks for sharing them in your post. I love it when I learn something in a blog post. And the art was pretty spectacular, too.

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  8. Beautiful bird & another beautiful collage.

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  9. Oh Lori this is absolutely spectacularly beautiful and what a lovely story to go with it. Kudos to you my friend.

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  10. Your collage is so amazing Lori!!

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  11. Once again, this post takes me to far off lands...

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  12. Beautiful... I love Red-wings Blackbirds... I haven't been keeping up with challenges... I might have to take this one on.

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  13. I have never heard of the red-winged blackbird before and I am fascinated. They are so beautiful as is your picture - exquisite! Lori, your artwork is superb and this one is special.
    (PS - I travelled around California some years ago and my biggest thrill was waking up to a misty morning in Mendocino and seeing my first humming birds in the garden. It was magical).

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  14. Hi Lori!!! this is wonderful...I love these red winged blackbirds...I see them around here too...beautiful piece and thank you for your sweet words....

    Hugs
    Diana

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  15. I always know I'll find something special here, Lori, and again I have!! I love that you use your own photos in your work, and you make such magic with them. Take a bow!

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  16. Such a soulful image for Black Birds, I don't ever remember seeing one of these but they are beautiful. I'll put on a bird hunting hat and grab my camera, or at least google them to see more.

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  17. What a sight that must be to see the red wing blackbirds, Lori, you have portrayed them beautifully in your piece this week! Thanks for the 'blur filter' tip & birthday wishes, too!

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  18. wow lori, this is fantabulous! we have red wing black birds here on the east coast too. ever since i can remember, they have been my favorite bird. love your piece today....awesome!

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  19. Such a beautiful piece of artwork Lori...excellent!

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  20. very beautiful and graceful piece. i love listening to the red wing blackbirds and seeing their flash of red.

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  21. A wonderful piece which rewards repeat viewings!

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  22. Oh wow Lori this is incredible.
    Wonderful creation. Love them.

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  23. Wow Lori, this is another amazing piece. Loved those redwings - they must be a stunning sight x

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  24. an extraordinary piece again... and in my part of the world i never heard of red winged blackbirds before!

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  25. it's fantastic!! the calm woman and child and than those creepy birds!! just fabulous!!

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  26. I LOVE your piece, it's really beautiful :)

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  27. Wonderful piece, it has such a special mood around it...

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  28. Bonjour Lori!
    j'aime beaucoup le côté exotique de votre création !Bonne journée !
    Amicalement Mary.KG

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  29. Loving these work. Thanks for posting.

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  30. Whoa..your digital creation is very beautiful.
    Great very great artwork, Lori.

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  31. WOW Lori, your piece is fantastic!! love the image and your story about your blackbirds!! Wonderful work!!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  32. Love what you've done with this Lori. It's beautiful!

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  33. This is beautiful, Lori. I love your composition. I have never heard of the red-winged blackbird (don't think we have them in the UK). They look beautiful.

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  34. A beautiful marriage of your words and talents!

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  35. Oh I'd love to see a flock of redwinged blackbirds... and what a beautiful piece of digital collage Lori! =)

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  36. Hi Lori, What a beautiful piece! We live near Greenlake in Seattle, and we have red winged blackbirds around the lake - occasionally they will even come up from the lake to try out our feeders. What a lovely trill they have. But I have never seen a flock - that must be a sight to behold! ~Sharon

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  37. Lori, your collage is absolutely fantastic - it's beautiful and full of wonderful details! I love your description of the red winged blackbirds.

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  38. Gorgeous work Lori,we only have plain boring blackbirds lol!!

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  39. Such a thought provoking & stunning piece my friend...but with a blog named Ravenpainting I knew your would rock it out of the park!!! Great piece Lori, I love it!
    Smiles,
    Susie

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  40. Beautiful collage Lori - love the work I've seen on your blog here this morning and I joined in to follow - thanks for your comments as well!

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  41. How beautiful, great take on this theme.

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  42. Your red winged blackbird collage is a wonderful thing to see Lori!
    WOW, really really Love this one!
    I am a little late joining in the challenge :)
    oxo

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  43. this is such a dynamic piece! really outstanding!

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