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Cuckoo by WendyMitchell Cuckoo by WendyMitchell
Oils on canvas

Entry for Mesmerising Animals Motherhood Contest [link]

Cuckoo being fed by a reed warbler.

One of the traditions here in the Limousin is that if you have money in your pocket when you hear the first cuckoo in spring then you will be rich all year. If you have no money in your pocket when you hear it, then you will be poor. Unfortunately I very rarely keep money in my pockets!

The fabulous photo I used as a reference was published in the Daily Telegraph and was by a photographer named David Kjaeri

I would rather LOOK AT YOUR gallery than just thank you for faving my work. So please excuse my bad manners if you fave or comment on my work, because I will not be thanking you. Instead I will be looking at your work!
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Gorgeous drawing ! :clap:
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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glassocean Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL, looks like the one on the left is screaming at the smaller one to get off the branch.
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope, just screaming for food!
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feldrand Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconflowerheartplz: i love you for this one, haha... :hug:
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Amazing job ! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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:iconwendymitchell:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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plumita1 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
it's my pleasure :-)
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Super work! :D

And....your piece made me look up the Cuckoo. I had no idea until today that they don't raise their own young, but rather, lay the eggs in other birds nests and leave them for the unsuspecting birds to raise. Even the Cuckoo hatchling will instinctively throw the other eggs or hatchlings out of the nest to insure their survival.
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, they're really interesting birds, but it's sad that it's such hard work for the small bird that has to feed it!
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Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol....for sure. ;)
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rainylake Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely details here. The colors are great!
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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WindInTheCoffeeCup Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured: [link] :heart:
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Must be scary to be a songbird and have a cuckoo in your nest.... They don't actually realize what's goin on but I imagine it's still scary.
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And very hard work I imagine!
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That too, yeah.
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ForestWanderers Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done!
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:iconwendymitchell:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Rainbow-Acey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like he's shouting at the warbler and the warbler's like "hey man, I'm just your waiter"
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't have thought of that - you're obvciously a natural cartoonist!
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Rainbow-Acey Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Thank you ^^; ?
haha I just thought it was kind of amusing. :aww:
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work has been featured as one of #Birds-Club's top submissions for February's BOTM journal. You can find the article here: [link]
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much - I'm honoured!
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mydigitalmind Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! :wow:
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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999999999a Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Featured [link]
Thanks .
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
This beautiful work is featured on my profile page, under the widget: deviant ID, right hand side, "Amazing Images". [link] :heart:
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! Your page is full of wonderful images - I'm honoured to be among them :hug:
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Your painting is awesome! :heart:
It is all my pleasure! :hug:
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I should really spend more time painting and less time on DA lol !!
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Awesome! :heart:
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:iconwendymitchell:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
You are so very welcome! :hug:
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Mini-Beast Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Cool ^^ Really pretty xD
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:iconwendymitchell:
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Mini-Beast Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
^^
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Wing-Giver1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is really good
I love it
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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XofHope Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice painting! Here in Portugal the legend is similar, it's also considered good luck to hear them.
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Maybe he'll bring me luck in the contest! In England they're not considered good luck at all - strange.
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XofHope Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. I haven't checked the results yet, how did you fare?
Different places, different stories. I guess here they're seen as a sign of good luck because if/when you hear them it means Spring has come and you've made it through another Winter.
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly, nowhere. To be honest that group doesn't seem all that impressed with my stuff. Never mind, that's not why I painted it - I just liked the photo.
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leeluu-chan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Wow so pretty. I like :D
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - you draw really well!
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leeluu-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Thank you! Wish I could paint like you though. XD
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never learnt to draw though, just started with a blank canvas and some paint. I'm always amazed at how realistic some of the drawings can be - just like black and white photos. If I could draw like that I probably would never have started painting!
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leeluu-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
I'm also self-taught and your drawings and paintings are very nice. ^_^ Ya definitely there are some amazing artwork out there that look so real!
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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