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Old Thursday 6th September 2007, 17:00   #301
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I adore that last Goldfinch Sketch Arthur - it really works well as a finished drawing (not that the others are any less good of course!)
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Love these goldfinches, I've watched with fascination how more and more life has appeared in your work, yet the details remain intact. Great stuff, yes, would love to see some painting now, not that there's anything wrong with the pencil crayons.
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Old Thursday 6th September 2007, 20:58   #303
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Hello Arthur,
Your pencil work is excellent. I love goldies and these are very nicely captured.
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Old Thursday 6th September 2007, 21:34   #304
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Agree with everyone

That last Goldfinch is superb ..what an endearing little character!!

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Old Thursday 6th September 2007, 22:26   #305
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Superb work Arthur - and A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! - sorry I missed it - hope you had a great time.
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Old Friday 7th September 2007, 11:49   #306
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Thankyou all and Tim it was nice of you and Sally to get married on my birthday and Ime sure you had a great time to.
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Old Friday 7th September 2007, 22:52   #307
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We were thinking of you all the time, Arthur - as was Woody, no doubt, 20-odd years ago.
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Old Saturday 8th September 2007, 12:34   #308
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I bet you were thinking of me Tim and as for Woody, 09 will be 40 years for me.
Some sketches from this morning then to watch the rugby.
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Old Saturday 8th September 2007, 13:39   #309
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Chaffinches, accurate and full of life, and er, same for the jackdaws! Great stuff.
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Nice sketches Arthur, particularly like some of the poses on the Jackdaw
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Old Sunday 9th September 2007, 22:11   #311
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nice Jackdaws Arthur, I photographed a group yesterday squabbling on my
chimney pots and I think there may be a painting in it .Will
have to play around with a good composition using the material and see?

yours have captured thier caracter brilliantly.
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Thankyou all.

Arnolds Marsh today.
Some sketches of Juv. Shellduck ,Redshanks , BT Godwits and Sandwich Terns
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Old Monday 10th September 2007, 17:38   #313
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I Love the middle Sketch of the middle Picture - Top Class as always!
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Hi Arthur,
Great field studies, Love the waders especialy the shanks.
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Thankyou Zac & Steve

Prelims for a new picture, any thoughts on the composition.

No comments on no feet being drawn, cant walk on water yet.
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Old Tuesday 11th September 2007, 16:47   #316
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That should look amazing!
Maybe add another wader in amongst the Terns? other than that though, excellent!
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Old Tuesday 11th September 2007, 19:21   #317
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Hi Arthur,
The terns look great . The only thing I would change is the terns in the bottom right. All the tails and wings seem to merge into one dark area which I would find difficult to keep seperate. Maybe juggle them about a bit. But hey what do I know.
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Old Tuesday 11th September 2007, 19:39   #318
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Looking really good from here Arthur! Composition isn't my strong point so can't make any suggestions - far better group of birds than I could manage!!
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Old Tuesday 11th September 2007, 21:17   #319
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this is going to be a great picture indeed, the only thing I'd do differently (not necessarily correctly of course, the correct path is the one the artist chooses themselves (good grief, I have one cup of chinese tea and I come over all Confucius like, (and having brackets in brackets!!))) Anyway, yes, I'd perhap move the very middle tern a bit towards the right, thus opening up a gap of space between the groups, yet linking them (with this newly moved bird) with a large broad sweep going up from right to left on the diagonal - this is perhaps my way of working, most of my compositions I've noticed use a corner to corner diagonal.

In any case, whatever you do with this piece it's going to look great! Nice field sketches too, all I got today were some "deformities" moving quickly through the conifers.
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I just can't wait to see the finished piece - the sketch is wonderful.
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Looking good Arthur. I love the behavioral aspect of the sketch- all the birds facing the wind as they do! Looking forward to the finished painting.

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Thanks all for your input.

I think this is the way I might go.
Godwit was a blocker, replaced with a Redshank going away.
Took aTern out of the crowd R/hand corner and dropped one closer to lead you in.
Have not decided on the medium yet.
Old and new to compare.
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I like both ideas! I think the best is for you to paint it now! Itching to see this one complete!
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Yep -stupendous designs, both. get on with it Arthur! Should be super.
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I cant work at the speed of both of you, besides it's been a lovely sunny day up here (sorry Woody) today been out enjoying it.
Did make a bit of a start though . You might just be able to see, took it in daylight.
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