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Someone's trash... by donnaquinn Someone's trash... by donnaquinn
Someone's trash is someone else's treasure, as the saying goes. Some swamp hens reckon this abandoned car is an ideal spot to hang out (or to build a nest).

Painted in November last year, for an art contest on the theme of wetland management (I wasn't shortlisted).

Acrylic, 40 x 57.5 cm.
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This would be a good place for little babies to crawl around on. Good job!
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Typthis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love pukekos, they have such charming antics.
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed- thanks very much for commenting!
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive scene...
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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Egreonna Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I second Peachfuzz in that you've done a wonderful job making this ordinarily sad scene (trash in a wetland) into a hopeful scene. Beautiful painting!
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. You exactly expressed what I was trying to portray- although some species are highly vulnerable to human impacts, others can be more resilient.
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DO-anotherstory Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Fantastic!! Wow what a great job you have done with this work!
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Very kind of you to say so!
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j0rosa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
like the concept, very detailed and lots to see... must took you long to finish it :)
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually I was surprised at how little time it took. Time flies when you're having fun, perhaps? Thanks for the comment!
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Peachfuzz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
You have brought such life and beauty to what would normally be considered a trashy scene. You're just as amazing at painting inanimate man-made objects as you are at living creatures and natural scenery. I'm very impressed at how well you have portrayed the dents and rust and other damage to the car. The swamp hens are adorable in a way, too. I love the colors glinting off their dark feathers.

Keep up the amazing work. :)
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I was a bit bitter about not being short-listed for the contest so your comment was a real pleasure :) Rusty cars are so much fun to paint, and they reflect how I feel about petroleum-fuelled transport in general!
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