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Old Monday 4th June 2012, 00:45   #76
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Jenny, John, Oivind, and Mike, thanks so much for the kind words. I have mixed emotions after I finish a painting, always the thoughts that it could be better. If I may say, you may want to check out a great Wood Duck painting by F.L. Jaques. Try and get a copy of Francis Lee Jaques "Artist of the Wilderness World" (Doubleday), page 183. If you have not seen his work your in for a treat.
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Old Wednesday 20th June 2012, 02:09   #77
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John, I don't know how I could have missed your posts until now. I've checked them all out and, without exception, they are all absolutely wonderful. Your color palette is captivating, your draftsmanship is outstanding, and your subjects exhibit such life and movement. It would be my life's ambition to achieve works as beautiful as you've done. Much like you, I'm always pleased but never satisfied with my work, and that's what keeps me striving for better results. Keep up the great work. Thanks again for posting. tbbilbo.
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Old Wednesday 5th September 2012, 23:04   #78
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Older work

Thanks tbbilbo for your comments, I am glad you like the works. I have not painted much this summer except for some fiqure paintings. I traveled last weekend and visited a friend that has a old painting of mine. I did not have a digital photograph of it, now I do. I really believe that working with fiqures has helped me become a better painter of nature. I allows me to push the colors I use in a way that was difficult for me to learn with the bird and mammal paintings. Hope you enjoy the Goldeneyes, they are alittle stiff but that where I was when I did them. Thanks to all for looking.

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Old Thursday 6th September 2012, 17:46   #79
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WOW!!! fantastic stuff... really like the goldeneyes, mark...
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 21:44   #80
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WIP The Ballerina

In the summer I have the pleasure of watching the fawns run and dance in the yard. There are wooded islands with mowed areas and trails for them to race around. It was delightful to see a bow after a wonderful performance.

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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 00:29   #81
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Superb work, John!
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2013, 04:36   #82
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The pencil sketch of the fawn is enchanting. Keep up the great work!
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2013, 06:02   #83
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What wonderful work....all are strong works, but my fav is the endearing fawn sketch
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Old Wednesday 30th January 2013, 00:24   #84
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More WIP pic's

Thank you Larry, tbbilbo, and Colleen for looking in and your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the fawn. Here are two paintings I'm working on now. It seems that I am forever underpainting. I feel that the colors always come out too hot in the photo's I take of my paintings in the early stages. I do lay down intense color in the first layers, it's fun for me to see the bright rich colors pop through the edges as I get farther along in them. Thanks for looking.

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Old Tuesday 5th February 2013, 00:38   #85
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I particularly like the magpie piece - we see this view of them quite often in the eastern part of my state.
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Looking forward to the finished works, John.
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Thank you Larry, tbbilbo, and Colleen for looking in and your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the fawn. Here are two paintings I'm working on now. It seems that I am forever underpainting. I feel that the colors always come out too hot in the photo's I take of my paintings in the early stages. I do lay down intense color in the first layers, it's fun for me to see the bright rich colors pop through the edges as I get farther along in them. Thanks for looking.

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Interesting to see these bright colours John, the tanager piece is already fabulous...

Had to remark on the dancing deer fawn, that is a serious piece of draughtmanship mate, a stunning drawing...
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Absolutely love the Grosbeak (is it a grosbeak?) - whatever; the design and palette work perfectly.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2013, 22:40   #89
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Prairie Church

Many thanks to all for all the kind words! Yes, it is a Pine Grosbeak. The painting sat for over a year with half the background painted in as the orginal pose drawn just did not feel right. Then one day I saw it. A nice flock comes to the feeder everyday so I get to look at them alot. Hope to get in about ten hours of painting this weekend. The Snowgeese/church is from North Dakota. It was a beautiful day in April, makes me look forward to spring!!!!!!!!!!

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I like this new one John. Simple but strong and evocative.
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Really like the church with the Snow Geese - well done!
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Really like the church with the Snow Geese - well done!
Very nice, an unusual treatment of a wildlife subject, it works very well.
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Old Thursday 21st March 2013, 20:44   #93
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I love the Grossbeak - the colours for me are brilliant, as are the textures + compostion, it's just wonderful.
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Old Saturday 23rd March 2013, 02:51   #94
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Excellent and Superb...great piece of your art :)
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Old Sunday 24th March 2013, 12:23   #95
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Lovely scene! The grosbeak is a striking piece of art. I like the way it blends in with the environment.
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Update

Hello again, Again thank you to all of you that have taken the time to look and coment. I don't find it easy to converse this way, I much rather have a face to face conversation. Any way here are some photos of what I'm working on. The Grosbeak is about 90% done and the last two only have one layer down on the undrpainting.

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Fantastic set of paintings John! I love in particular the Grosbeak, wonderfully composed and painted, really vivid colours...

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They're ALL fabulous but those first two are absolutely stunning! Love earlier sketches too - especially the deer
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Great work - I especially like the elk!
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