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Old Tuesday 13th March 2012, 17:05   #1326
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Brilliant Buzz. All of them have something going for them. also excellent blog pics Ill have a good read through later when I have more time

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Old Tuesday 13th March 2012, 19:05   #1327
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Great sketches, and what a great opportunity both for a wonderful owl species, and then to be seated next to the master himself...! Wow!
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Great stuff, Alan!
The owls are very impressive but love the GGS - who doesn't! Tell me, how did you manage to hold your nerve in the company of Great Grey Owl and Lars Jonsson? A gibbering wreck I would quickly have become......without noticing the owl!

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Old Tuesday 13th March 2012, 23:53   #1329
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Great work. I especially like the shrike.
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Old Wednesday 14th March 2012, 10:42   #1330
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words cannot describe! wow!!!! (did you do any sketches of Lars?!)
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Great stuff, Alan!
The owls are very impressive but love the GGS - who doesn't! Tell me, how did you manage to hold your nerve in the company of Great Grey Owl and Lars Jonsson? A gibbering wreck I would quickly have become......without noticing the owl!

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I loved the drawings from yesterday even before all these owl sketches and LJ story. If I saw a bunch of artists grouped together sketching a bird I'd first nearly have a heart attack, then I'd recover and realize it must be a group of travelling European birders. I've seen one artist sketching birds in all the time I've been birding and sketching myself in the US. Here you'd hope to be able to even see the bird through all the large lenses. It's almost impossible to imagine seeing a whole group of birders sketching, though I have seen photos of Barry Van Dusen and some others as a group so I know that it does happen.
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I loved the drawings from yesterday even before all these owl sketches and LJ story. If I saw a bunch of artists grouped together sketching a bird I'd first nearly have a heart attack, then I'd recover and realize it must be a group of travelling European birders. I've seen one artist sketching birds in all the time I've been birding and sketching myself in the US. Here you'd hope to be able to even see the bird through all the large lenses. It's almost impossible to imagine seeing a whole group of birders sketching, though I have seen photos of Barry Van Dusen and some others as a group so I know that it does happen.
In all honesty it's unusual to come across a birder, head down sketching here too Ken. It seems the preserve of a very few. In eight years birding here in Sweden I have only come across one, which was LJ a couple of days ago. I only know of a handful here in the Sweden, which is a shame. The same applies for Ireland where there are but a handful. So the USA is not alone in that regard..

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In all honesty it's unusual to come across a birder, head down sketching here too Ken. It seems the preserve of a very few. In eight years birding here in Sweden I have only come across one, which was LJ a couple of days ago. I only know of a handful here in the Sweden, which is a shame. The same applies for Ireland where there are but a handful. So the USA is not alone in that regard..
Thanks for that information Alan. I had the impression that there were many more. But what an amazing story it leads to: only one birder sketching in eight years and that's LJ!!
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Making an effort to see owls at the minute as they are displaying here in March. Not the biggest, but perhaps one of the very best, got two Pygmy Owl last night. Called them in with a digital recorder, the reaction was amazing, these guys sitting close by scolding. Account on the blog, here are the couple of usable sketched made. Managed not to notice the dark flanks these birds have in the failing light, sometimes stuff gets missed!
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Old Thursday 15th March 2012, 12:42   #1335
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Just brilliant sketching Alan.
Hope Lars didn't bother you too much asking for tips.
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In all honesty it's unusual to come across a birder, head down sketching here too Ken. It seems the preserve of a very few. In eight years birding here in Sweden I have only come across one, which was LJ a couple of days ago. I only know of a handful here in the Sweden, which is a shame. The same applies for Ireland where there are but a handful. So the USA is not alone in that regard..
Another great owl sketch!

In 12 years regular birding here in Yorkshire I've come across two 'serious' guys. One of them regularly shows first class work on the art forum, and it's not me! Do you think field sketching the 'preserve of the few' because A: it's not easy, or B: most folk can't be axxxd to do it ?

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Old Thursday 15th March 2012, 14:23   #1337
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Making an effort to see owls at the minute
what a fine reward for enduring the darknorthernwinter

and that extra level of authenticity in the drawing: clearly its not just any Pygmy Owl- its the one was sat in front of you
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what a fine reward for enduring the darknorthernwinter

and that extra level of authenticity in the drawing: clearly its not just any Pygmy Owl- its the one was sat in front of you
Thanks Ed, they are more than enough reward too

Heres a quick colour piece I did quickly this afternoon....
Not quite what I was after, I should revisit this one..think my problem here lies in the drawing off the owl, though perhaps an approach in watercolour might be the way forward here..

In dire need of new brushes, anybody recomend some reasonably priced makes before I raid the art suppliers..??
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Old Thursday 15th March 2012, 21:07   #1339
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Thoroughly marvellous - just superb.
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Nice Little Owl!...The Great grey profiles and the Shrike are just wonderful...

Edit:..I am taking a backwards tour of this thread and ALL the work here is impressing me in the same manner..
Very good

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Old Friday 16th March 2012, 14:44   #1341
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"Alan - these are just amazing, man. Some of the best drawings I've ever seen."


This was posted in this thread,by another member, about a year ago....I agree..
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Thoroughly marvellous - just superb.
A beautiful and evocative painting.
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Beautiful job on the Pygmy Owl! We were fortunate to have one of these guys show up in our yard a couple years back.
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A beautiful and evocative painting.
I'll say that again. Superb!

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In dire need of new brushes, anybody recomend some reasonably priced makes before I raid the art suppliers..??[/quote]

Well if nobody else has any suggestions, I use Pro Arte Acrylix for acrylic work, especially their riggers. Seem to last a good while before the point gets a bit harsh (ie I'm still using ones I bought in '96!). Mind you, that's not surprising as I've done so little painting lately.


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Well if nobody else has any suggestions, I use Pro Arte Acrylix for acrylic work, especially their riggers. Seem to last a good while before the point gets a bit harsh (ie I'm still using ones I bought in '96!). Mind you, that's not surprising as I've done so little painting lately.


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Many thanks Michael,

Have ordered a few online, will try them out...
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Spring is here now and I had a trip to Tyresta National Park a few days ago, nice to find new arrivals already getting ready to breed. A samll marsh in the park called Ovre Kärret was full of birds including these two Great Crested Grebes which were busy displaying...always great to watch. No weed dance on this occasion, though a lot of head shaking going on..
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Also onsite were a pair of Crane, which breed here. Fantastic to hear them call at dawn. Also a cracking male Yellowhammer obliged for 40 minutes, very common here but cracking birds..

Just got some recording gear, a little soundbite from the marsh at dawn. Cranes calling against an early spring chorus of birds...
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What a fantastic series of filedsketches Alan!
I love in particular the Great crested Grebes as well the singing Yellowhammer..

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Splendid sketches and wonderful sounds Alan.
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