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Old Wednesday 30th January 2008, 16:17   #51
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OK, back to what I know best. I'm always sketching sparrows in the cotoneaster and on the feeders in my garden, so I figured it was about time for a couple of paintings.

Both 6"x4" they've been done as a pair to show just how lovely little brown birds that we take for granted really are. I hope I've done them justice.

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Old Wednesday 30th January 2008, 16:28   #52
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i simply love the owl.. the rest is very nice too :) keep it up, will be waiting for more
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Old Wednesday 30th January 2008, 17:00   #53
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you've done more than do them justice, these are simply superb, simple subjects treated in a simple way equals simply beautiful work.
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Old Wednesday 30th January 2008, 17:25   #54
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Hey Mike...

Really like the second sparrow painting...

Strange but I've been contemplating painting a whole series of garden birds for my own area...

I love it when someone sees a painting then comes back later on to tell you they just saw that bird
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For me the whole point is to encourage people to see what's around them and hopefully to care whether it exists or not...

After seeing your wonderful sparrow pair - I think I'll go for it. Thanks!

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Old Wednesday 30th January 2008, 17:34   #55
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These are superb spuggies Mike
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Old Wednesday 30th January 2008, 21:46   #56
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They are just gorgeous- you've really captured their character.
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Old Wednesday 30th January 2008, 23:05   #57
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As mentioned in the gallery Mike - simple; beautifully illuminated; intimately seen portraits. Love them both.
And all the best Chris- look forward to seeing them as they materialise.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2008, 18:44   #58
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Beautiful sparrows!! I really like the lighting that you've used.
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 09:17   #59
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Thanks for the comments on the spuggies folks, I've got a larger painting in mind an some day it'll get done!

Tim mentioned that it's funny how, when you've got other things you should be doing, it's easy to get distracted; Having just been commissioned to paint a pheasant I decided to paint a peregrine instead. Went over to Elmley on saturday morning to be greeted by fantastic, low, early morning, winter sun and wall to wall lapwings. But I resisted the urge and walked out to the first hide. In front of the hide there were lots of wigeon and teal roosting on the mud, the sun so strongly reflecting off the water that any detailed study was difficult. I didn't mind though because about a mile and a half away sat a female peregrine, she sat still mostly with occasional preening creating some interesting shapes. She was joined by the male who settled partially hidden about three metres from her. Typically, while I glanced away from the scope, she took off and I picked her up with the bins as she briefly gave a herring gull a bit of a telling off and, no doubt, a bit of a scare, but I don't think it was a serious hunting attempt. Once she'd had her fun she perched on the mud that the reserve wardens have dredged from the scrapes, luckily for me a bit closer (still about a mile though!). I was able to make a slightly more detailed sketch before time caught up with me and I had to tear myself away. I found that she had commanded my attention even though she was such a long way off and when I returned home she just had to be painted, so out came the blobby brushes again.

I had very limited time on sunday so the lapwings proved irrisitable again.

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A seminal piece this one Mike - really pushes the boat out. From start to finish - drawings to colour piece - smacks of quality. Fab.
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Love it all mike ,superb work from start to fin.
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 11:16   #62
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now that's good peregrine! superb lighting and feel to this one.
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 14:51   #63
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That Peregrine's grand- its another of those that passes the thumbnail test- you can see its going to be good before you open it up.
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Old Monday 4th February 2008, 16:51   #64
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Peregrine is just a bit special Mike, a painting that you just know by looking at it is based in first hand experience of the scene, superb attitude, great light, great background, the whole thing is superb. Huge thumbs up, Love it!
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Old Tuesday 5th February 2008, 03:27   #65
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The character is just spot on here. (I love that one glinting eye!) The lighting, too, is superb, and the freshness of the whole scene. Excellent stuff, Woody!
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Ditto can't add to what's been said above. Your love and enthusiasm for wildlife shines through in the sketches and painting .
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Old Thursday 7th February 2008, 21:00   #67
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Went over to Elmley on saturday morning to be greeted by fantastic, low, early morning, winter sun and wall to wall lapwings. But I resisted the urge and walked out to the first hide. In front of the hide there were lots of wigeon and teal roosting on the mud, the sun so strongly reflecting off the water that any detailed study was difficult.
What is this thing you call a sun? Not sure I've seen it before, or if I have, it was so long ago that I've forgotten what it looks like. Maybe it's a European thing Anyway, great painting!!
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Old Sunday 17th February 2008, 15:42   #68
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whoa i love the Peregrine!
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Old Sunday 17th February 2008, 18:30   #69
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Wonderful sketches Mike and the peregrine is fabulous!
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Old Monday 18th February 2008, 08:29   #70
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Mike, Top class Grinus! Loving the field sketches and the finished wrk.And the
Lapwings ......WEll All OF IT
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Old Monday 25th February 2008, 11:44   #71
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I'm still alive!

Feels like my mojo's deserted me a bit lately, it must be that bl00dy commision!

Anyhow heres some stuff from the past couple of weeks. The (sometimes bitter) cold has slowed some of the wildfowl down a bit at Elmley over recent weeks, which has given me some opportunities to try familiarising myself with some of the common ducks. Wigeon and teal alike were trying to sleep through the cold with their heads tucked away and usually only one foot on the frozen ground or, at times, water. Ringed plovers, lapwings etc all joined in the general frenzy of sleep. Marsh harriers have been in evidence, their presence closely monitered by the crows and gulls, all eager to take advantage of any leftovers from the harrier's hunt. But the harriers aren't above a bit of opportunism, I watched this one as she followed a fox, perhaps hoping for a bit of rabbit leftover. Despite the cold, signs of spring are increasing. The hares are beginning to box, lapwings are displaying and little egrets are looking pristine in breeding plumage. This one spent a while ensuring every last plume was in place despite the wind doing its best to ruffle some feathers.
Finally an object lesson in what happens when you overwork a sketch to within an inch of its life!

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Old Monday 25th February 2008, 11:51   #72
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Just the ones that got left out...
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Old Monday 25th February 2008, 16:14   #73
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great stuff, there's definitely some mileage in the groups of ducks and those ringed plovers are just screaming to be put into a painting. A nice study of the egret would be a stunner too. As for overworking, I think we'd all like to go back a step when painting, but this one has got a huge amount of life in it still, and very bright. Hope to see some of these become paintings soon.
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Great sketches Mike - would love to see a work up of the egret...
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Hi Mike , super sketches . It would be nice to see these brought on.
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