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Old Thursday 22nd August 2013, 18:54   #1876
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great values make the form really dimensional way to go , you are going to love oils, they suit you well
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Old Friday 30th August 2013, 19:45   #1877
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Thank-you all for kind words.

Painting life splutters along- I've finally grasped the nettle and got in a selection of oils, so this is their first outing. No dicking about with the dickie birds on this one- tried hard to keep them simple and toned down, concentrate on buffalo attitude and the super hooked shadow thrown by the high sun.
Aha! But I see that you have snuck in some dickie birds after all!
You look quite comfortable with oils. And there's a nice sense of mass to the buffalo. It's interesting to see how you work with heftier, literally, subjects.
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Old Saturday 31st August 2013, 21:25   #1878
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Painting oils as if was second nature, super Ed
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Old Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 08:45   #1879
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Painting oils as if was second nature, super Ed
Agreed, a nice piece Ed, lots of presence and quiet menace. Look forward to seeing some more oil work, don't foresee you having any problems with the medium at all..
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Old Thursday 5th September 2013, 15:35   #1880
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They are very nice!!
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Old Thursday 26th September 2013, 23:07   #1881
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Hello all

Just dropping in to confirm continued life- here's some Curlew Sands from earlier in the month, under plain clothes escort from G Plovers. I kinda liked the more harmonious colour in the underpainting, whereas the finished version is a bit literal in colour: water is blue, weed is green, birds are fieldguide colours. Onward!
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Old Friday 27th September 2013, 21:12   #1882
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Your a harsh self critic Ed looks bladddy great to my eyes
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Old Monday 30th September 2013, 06:47   #1883
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I really like this a lot Ed...wonderful comp and enough color but still refelcts the natural part of the bird...excellent, not every painting needs to be wild to be wonderful.
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Old Thursday 3rd October 2013, 13:24   #1884
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Just dropping in to confirm continued life- here's some Curlew Sands from earlier in the month, under plain clothes escort from G Plovers.
Well said, and painted! It seems you may have noticed on some of these the same thing I've noticed on Killdeer, a horizontal line so sharp from lower wing edge to tail that it looks like the handle of a frying pan. I always think you could lift Killdeer up by their tail and they'd stay in exactly the same pose, that horizontal not budging a bit.
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Old Saturday 12th October 2013, 09:30   #1885
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Your latest paintings are brilliant! I especially enjoyed the Shoveler and the Little Grebes on the previous page.
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Old Monday 30th December 2013, 18:35   #1886
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Hello all- sorry for absence from thread. Very best wishes for the year ahead and thanks for such kind and encouraging comments over 2013.

It's been a year of learning: that much as I love the splashy watercolours/thick oils/brave abstractions of my heroes, I'm better off with something a bit more gradually built-up and reversible when it goes wrong. But not too careful or detailed of course…that's definitely the province of others.

So for now the way forward seems to be thinned oil on top of a bit of cheerful underpainting. Here's couple of recents. Onward!
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Old Tuesday 31st December 2013, 12:37   #1887
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Wonderful Ed! These seem to really merge bird and background perfectly. I particularly like the first two.
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Wonderful Ed! These seem to really merge bird and background perfectly. I particularly like the first two.
absolutely - major strides forward this year and really looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2014. Happy New Year!
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Old Tuesday 31st December 2013, 22:51   #1889
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Oh Ed how inspiring!! and how lucky I've been to see the steps in the journe y that culminates in these two wonderful paintings. You''ve been on a teter totter between the abstract and the representational and now you are perfectly balanced between the two.....HAPPY NEW YEAR, and so looking forward to what you do next.
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More master pieces!
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