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Old Sunday 10th March 2013, 10:31   #76
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I've enjoyed these last works at another place, but I thought I'd add a word of congratulations here as well. The owls are very fine, but I think these latest snow bunts are out of this world - terrific paintings.
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Old Sunday 10th March 2013, 14:38   #77
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This summer I want to use watercolour in the field as much as possible in order to improve my painting and mixing, capture the light in the field and have a better class of reference material for paintings. No doubt, my kit bag will evolve as I go along.
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A great inauguration of a wonderful present. And you must have more stamina than I to be doing in that weather! I made a resolution to use more watercolor in field for much the same reasons and was a total failure at it. So perhaps your efforts will spur me on to do a bit better this year.
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Old Sunday 10th March 2013, 17:11   #78
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Looking great. The last group is especially nice!
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Old Sunday 10th March 2013, 20:05   #79
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Thanks for the comments guys, not easy to take the time on the burgeoning birdart forums. At times I just cant keep up, there is just so much going on in here at the minute..

Well, strike while the iron is hot, get it while it's fresh etc. I will try to convert fieldwork into at least one finished colour piece this year, whilst the observations are still vivid in my mind. Yesterday I spent a few hours with Snow Buntings, watching and painting. Here's an A3 piece done late this afternoon in watercolour, a pleasure to get back to this medium after too long not painting with it..
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Oh man - that's bang-on! Fecking beauty, mate.
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Old Wednesday 13th March 2013, 10:51   #81
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Oh man - that's bang-on! Fecking beauty, mate.
what more can I say Alan
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Old Wednesday 13th March 2013, 18:59   #82
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[quote=ARTHUR BISHOP;2681377]what more can I say Alan[/QUOTE

I stand with Tim and Arthur - a beauty!
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Old Thursday 14th March 2013, 20:31   #83
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I have decided to persist with watercolour for the next few weeks, enjoyng using it again very much...

Here's a few pieces done over the past few days..

Common Gulls done at home on the couch on my lap, the paper taped to a loose piece on panel. I had been watching gulls the previous evening at dusk and this scene was floating around my head.

The other two completed at the studio, both are A3 or a little smaller.....

A few rough comp sketches of the Yellowhammers out back from my apartment at the feeders led to the first..

The second came from a couple of long neglected fieldsketches, which I dug out. Woodlarks are a favourite species of mine and it won't be long before they return here, so though a brace of spring birds would fit the bill nicely..
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great stuff - I have tp say these delicate passerine pieces are truly wonderful. The delicate nature of the birds really comes across with your approach. Keep cracking on the iron's steaming!
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Old Friday 15th March 2013, 15:12   #85
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You have been busy Alan. The Woodlarks and Hammer pieces are out of this world
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Old Saturday 16th March 2013, 21:03   #86
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You have been busy Alan. The Woodlarks and Hammer pieces are out of this world
That watercolor set is paying off incredibly well!
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I really enjoy the third painting with its warm colours and subtle elegance, very nice how you kept the background blank.
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Thanks for the comments everyone, Woodlarks seem to have gone down well, but then they are cracking birds...

A quick move back to Acrylic on Canvas, just fancied daubing on some colour. Thought this one might turn into a mare, though it worked itself through quite nicely. Benefited from recent watercolour painting and worked through this piece quickly...

Fieldfares and Blackbird
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Old Saturday 23rd March 2013, 08:20   #89
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Excellent thrush piece Alan but whilst nipping in to see what delights you have for us I popped up for another look at the hammer piece. It wont help you financially but if id got money it would be up on my wall
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Old Sunday 24th March 2013, 12:20   #90
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Great work, Alan. The norwegian name for the Fieldfare is "Grey Thrush", and it really doesn't describe the bird well. I also loved the Snow Buntings in a previous post. Keep it up!
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all these are great! Lovely atmosphere!
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