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Old Tuesday 4th March 2008, 11:20   #151
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Here's the Painting in progress.

The Drawing was a nightmare to do and took alot of time in itself.
I used a grid on the referance photo I took from the plane.
no Time for a nice colour field study there!! thats when cameras
come into there own. I then drew it out free hand using the scaled up
grid marked on the Gesso'ed panel.
I then fixed the drawing as I always do with a light wash of titanium
white.

I then put another washed layer using burnt umber and ultramarine
adding layer apon layer and continued building the contours
and gullies on the mountainside.

I then started puting on light washes to push back the far mountains
into the background. This Painting is all about distance and Height.
and the vast areas these birds have to cover in order to maintain
and hunt in their teritory.

The forth image is the background finished but where would you put
the Bonelli's? See what I did on my blog.

you can access the blog also via my website.
Hope you enjoy the images of this painting coming together.
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Old Tuesday 4th March 2008, 11:24   #152
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Just found this exciting thread and wanted to thank Andrew for sharing his fabulous work with us. It is really beautiful and also accurate. Thanks again.

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Old Tuesday 4th March 2008, 11:36   #153
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Old Tuesday 4th March 2008, 11:40   #154
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Wow, what an interesting pic, abstract background and the birds are perfectly put into the composition. SUPERB with capital everything.
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Old Tuesday 4th March 2008, 13:20   #155
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Wow, what an interesting pic, abstract background and the birds are perfectly put into the composition. SUPERB with capital everything.
Higher than a Hieraaetus- that's a fine place to be.
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Old Tuesday 4th March 2008, 15:28   #157
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I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but am not sure if I was successful or not. It said something about the comment having to be approved? Anyway, the painting is amazing!! The placement of the eagles really shows their height and distance.
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Old Tuesday 4th March 2008, 16:54   #158
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This is amazing, I have a tremendous admiration for people who can paint like this... incredibly realistic.
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Old Wednesday 5th March 2008, 00:52   #159
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You definitely are the best at what you do.

I LOVE you sandgrouse painting! I really like the sense being there, right infront of the flying flock.

Can't wait to see more!
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Old Friday 7th March 2008, 09:20   #160
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Hi folk's well after a very heavy night of Painting I thought
I would log on and see whats happening and remembered I said I would post this finished Bonelli's piece
Enjoy those who have not seen.
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Old Saturday 8th March 2008, 16:25   #161
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Beautiful Andrew!!!!!

Like the blog and your new site looks great too!
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Old Sunday 9th March 2008, 22:29   #162
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Oh yes Andy!!

This is which I was waiting for!
Actually it has exceed all my expectations!!!

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I nearly missed these Bonelli's. Absolutely superb Andrew!
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