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Red Kite by JaniceDuke Red Kite by JaniceDuke

'I gather myself, thought and bone, and burst again into flight.' -- Egyptian Book of the Dead

In memory of at least sixteen Red Kites and four Buzzards poisoned in the Highlands of Scotland earlier this year. There is a silhouette in the background for each bird as well as the main figure www.theguardian.com/environmen…

Red Kites are princes among birds, one of Britain’s most beautiful birds of prey. Wonderful to see. The illegal killing of so many in one area in such a short span of time has shocked many, as it should. I will be selling twenty A3 signed and numbered limited edition archive quality prints of this piece only and donating all of the profits to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for their work with persecuted wildlife, particularly birds of prey.

If you or anyone you know would like one of these special prints please email me at janice.duke@hotmail.co.uk They are £85 per copy, including postage and packing.

Update: Over £1000 raised so far. Help spread the word and together let’s shine a bright light in the darkness of this tragedy and show how much we love our beautiful birds.

Main music while painting:
Two Steps From Hell - To Glory www.youtube.com/watch?v=abjE9Q…
Ivan Torrent - Before I Leave This World www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxMDdp…

My Website: www.janiceduke.com/
My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/janice.duke.a…
My Twitter feed: twitter.com/artjaniceduke
My Blog janiceduke.wordpress.com/


© 2014 Janice Duke

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:iconjaqdhawkins:
JaqDHawkins Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015   Filmographer
I always love your birds the best. :)
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
They are very enjoyable subjects :D
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Dari-S Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing Work!
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:icononeangele:
OneAngele Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Beautifull!
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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OneAngele Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
you're welcome :D
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Atima-Rosetta Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student General Artist
So far I've only read the book of the dead once but I plan to do so again. The amazing thing is I thought of this quote upon seeing the thumbnail. You've done such a great job here from the pose to the emotion in it's eyes. My favorite part, though, is your reason behind painting this, I can never understand why some people can be so evil.
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

I find the book of the dead incredibly inspiring. That quote seemed so fitting, very much what I attempted to do with the piece. Glad you like it.

Whether it was by accident or design, the poisonings were a tragedy I will never understand. Whoever is responsible must be brought to justice.

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Atima-Rosetta Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome and I agree entirely.
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UGNArtWorld Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great!
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
 A rather impressive and very interesting piece of work.:) (Smile) 
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
 It's a pleasure and not a problem to compliment a creator's work.Nod 
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Zenrynim Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   General Artist
This is beautiful! I love what you did with the branch!
It's a shame about what happened to inspire it though, poor birds...Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] 
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :) Yes, it is a great shame.
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Sirafima Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
this is amazing. i really like the branch :)
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like :)
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:iconrobi83:
robi83 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful !
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Valkyriestears Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I read about it in the news it just gutted me, it hurts me so much that people still do this to our beautiful raptors. Red kites are particular favourites of mine too so it hit even closer to home. What a beautiful piece. xxx
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I felt very much the same way, which is why I want to do something, even if only continue to draw attention to the issue.

Thanks x
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Scrivener-of-Light Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tragic story aside, this is a beautiful piece of art--I love the stylization in the subjects crown and on the branch. Absolutely gorgeous work!
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope they find the people who did this!
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As do I.
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Sugarkittyartist17 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, it's amazing!!!!
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so :D
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Sugarkittyartist17 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
:D
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is beautiful!
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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ArtistontheBrink Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was deeply shocked when I heard how cruel some people can be...can still see some flying about the Highlands while I drive though, which makes me smile :) amazing painting! <3
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Makes me smile when I see them too :) Something about the way they move.

Thank you :D
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a wonderful drawing... and a very sad story... I don't even hurt insects,... can't understand how someone could plan such a series of killings...

I don't have enough money for a print like that, but maybe I could give you a little something for your donation... let me know... or maybe you could allow a high-resolution downloading for a smaller amount?? idk...

anyway, this is truly beautiful... and your idea is touching... so good luck for this project...
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Whoever did it does not understand or care about wildlife, that's for sure.

Thank you very much for the offer, I will get back to you ;)

I'm considering letting people bid for them, but we shall see how it goes like this first.

Cheers :D
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ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
gorgeous
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :D
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ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
:)
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ColubrineDeuce Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Wow! Amazing work!
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:iconjaniceduke:
JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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MJDisneyGirl Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, so sorry about those poor birds. :(

Fuck those hunters!
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist

It really is tragic and sadly not that unusual, what is was the number killed at around the same time. This wasn't hunters by the way, whoever did it remains at large, even though there is a big reward for whoever can give the info to bring them to justice.

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MJDisneyGirl Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Believe me, I wish I knew who those bastards are so I can have them put in prison where they belong.
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JaniceDuke Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I believe you, that's what I want too!
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MJDisneyGirl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Handshake 
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