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Old Wednesday 24th April 2013, 01:25   #1
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Illustrations by Me!

Hey everybody! I'm 28 years old, and recently lost my horrific job as a waiter at a disgusting restaurant that shall not be named! My guests and co-workers encouraged me to pursue art as my my profession, and I recently (within the past month) embarked on my first steps in this journey.

Please check out my art on my Etsy page, as well as on Facebook (search for Michael Kensinger (artist) in Altoona, Pennsylvania), or follow me on Twitter @MKenZINGer.

Please let me know what you guys think. Words of encouragement are welcome, as these are trying times and I have faith that I will be a household name for bird and wildlife art collectors someday. :)

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Northern Cardinals and Eastern Blue Jays are very common here in Pennsylvania. They are however, instantly recognizable in most cases, so I did a watercolor of a pair of cardinals, and a blue jay in rural Pennsylvania. Hope you all like!

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very nice work Michael ! I really like them all
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Thank you so much Annabeth! Your kind words mean a lot.

Attached here is my entry to the Delaware State Duck Stamp Contest. I didn't win, but I was glad to have entered. This is a watercolor of Green Winged Teal (American race of the "Common Teal"). I did basic watercolor washes, and then sketched in details with waterproof india ink.

And, if you're wondering why there's no signature, it's because I hand-sign all my prints upon purchase.
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My dimension/file size was too big.

The painting I was trying to post can bee seen on my wix site. :)

Sorry for double posting.
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All really good stuff. I hope you make it big!
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Hi Michael,

Welcome to the forum! You live quite near to my hometown - Bloomsburg. Went to school in central PA and moved out here to the Pacific NW in 1979. I miss the cardinals and blue jays out here...we have no equivalent to the cardinals, and our 'blue jays' are Steller's Jays (and increasingly Western Scrub-Jays). Nice pieces here - good luck with your work!
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warm welcome

I like your cardinal and the duck
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Hi Michael,

Your artwork is quite nice. I think you made the right decision to leave your crappy restaurant job and pursue becoming an artist. I think of all the work on your site the one of the chipmunk and the daffodils is my favorite.
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