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Old Saturday 30th March 2013, 20:26   #1
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Fine Art Birds by Paul Hopkinson from Devon

First of all apologies - I posted in here yesterday but hadn't read the rules of the forum and my post was deleted. Sorry.

I wanted to share my partner's paintings - Paul is a brilliant artist and has recently started painting birds - hence why I wanted to post in here!

He is currently focusing on painting our local birds - many actually visit our garden and we have a 'special' area set up where we can get good shots of birds on branches / posts etc rather than feeders. (The feeders are nearby!)

I'll start with 5 of his most recent paintings - for those not in the UK. Robin, Long Tailed Tit (my personal favourite), Marsh Tit, Nuthatch and Sparrowhawk. The latter is a two edged sword as it swoops into the garden to catch the other birds!! This particular bird landed on our bird bath and just sat there, fortunately the camera was near by and artistic licence enabled Paul to paint it on something more natural!

Let us know what you think.....
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Old Saturday 30th March 2013, 22:08   #2
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very nice stuff.

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Old Saturday 30th March 2013, 22:18   #3
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Thank you f86sabjf, the combined hobby of painting, photography and birds makes for a brilliant combination! I will post some of Paul's work in progress at some point - it is fascinating to see the bird emerge from the paper. He always starts with the eye and if he can't get 'the life' he scraps the painting and starts again - fortunately there aren't too many of them!
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Old Sunday 31st March 2013, 07:37   #4
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very nice images,your mans got talent.
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Old Sunday 31st March 2013, 08:09   #5
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very nice images,your mans got talent.
Thank you - that is very kind of you. I think he could do with some of your photos to paint from - I have just had a look at your site - they are really lovely. You obviously spend a lot of time trying to capture that elusive pose and we know how difficult that can be!
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Here is the start of one of Paul's paintings - a Marsh Tit, the photo he worked from and the drawing he started from. More tomorrow night and you will start to see the bird coming to life.
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He certainly has an eye for detail Are they painted with acrylics
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He certainly has an eye for detail Are they painted with acrylics
Mostly watercolour with white acrylic used for the highlights. He has his own unique way of painting which seems to suit this subject very well.
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The eye coming to life......
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The next stage of the Marsh Tit - you will notice that the seed in the photo has been changed to a caterpillar in the painting!
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Old Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 23:14   #11
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. . . looking forward to seeing the bird 'come to life'
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Getting there.....
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Old Thursday 4th April 2013, 20:58   #14
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The bird is now finished - just the wooden post to do - I will post the finished painting tomorrow night.
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Old Friday 5th April 2013, 20:31   #15
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Here is the finished painting.
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Welcome to the forum! Very nice painting(s).
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Old Sunday 7th April 2013, 19:41   #17
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Thanks for the positive comments - wondering whether to post another work in progress?
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