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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2007, 11:48   #151
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Ed, I used to use Winsor and Newton maskig fluid, which worked fine as long as it's used on dry paper and removed when the watercolour is dry. To be honest, I hate masking fluid, it ruins brushes and smells like toilets, so I've phased it out of my technique, but sometimes I regret not using it more.
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2007, 14:02   #152
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Ive never really found the use of masking fluid necessary as results can be very hit and miss. It may make washes easier but the end product can sometimes look somewhat clipped and gappy. My advice would be to use it very sparingly. As Nick says it is better to develop a technique where you can do with out it.
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2007, 16:20   #153
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Hello there- I remembered you reporting a masking issue with this one and just thought I might check in for advice from all. What's does the team think the best technique for masking out small waders whilst painting a background? Is there one sort of masking fluid that works better than another? I've hopefully got a watercolour on the go with some plovers scattered about some dark mud and thought I might have shot at masking them out, so I can take the big stick to the mud...
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The problem I had it was old fluid and wouldnt set so I was left with a tacky mess to get off ,no hope of water colour covering. I use a masking fluid pen no brush. MAKE SURE ITS FRESH AND ALWAYS TRY IT ON YOUR SURFACE YOUR USING FIRST.
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Old Tuesday 22nd May 2007, 16:32   #154
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Good advice, well taken and well executed has resulted in a cracking little picture, well done Arthur.

I've been watching 'my' starlings quite closely of late and they relly are lovely looking birds when you take the time to see.

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Thanks Woody, How did the preveiw go all sold I hope .
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Old Friday 25th May 2007, 17:32   #155
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Young Starlings in the garden

Same as in the sketchathon.
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Old Friday 25th May 2007, 22:32   #156
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Arthur - these are something else! I have a huge confession to make and it's one that isn't easy. The first work you posted, I thought it interesting and entertaining, always with a quirky little twist which I found almost amusing. I thought your work was good and I enjoyed looking at it.
Now I realise how wrong I was - I now know your work has something of the magical; something I can't quite define but there is an essence of pure joy in the subjects you choose and the way you portray them.
Oh boy, can you draw! but perhaps more importantly, you really do make your birds come alive. These drawings have affirmed what I have been thinking for some time now, and that is that you have a wonderful touch - truly excellent.
Anyone wishing to make an artistic representation of a beloved thing could do a lot worse than observe, and learn from, your work.
These are animated, characterful and beautifully observed -
Really well f*cking done!!!!!
Bravo,.
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to echo Tim's comment, Arthur, your work seems to be ever more intimate with your subjects, some of the first few pictures I saw didn't have this for me (maybe if I look again, it may be there, maybe it's a feeling that I've developed since becoming more familiar with your work) but your pictures now always put a smile on my face, a smile that I imagine you had drawing them. Talking very inarticulately as I am unreasonably sober for a Friday evening, but I think I can be understood. In any case, I'm loving these starlings!
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I thankyou both very much for your kind words, I do enjoy drawing and I am still trying to master the painting bit hopefully it will come in time.
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Fluff balls , just fledged and brightening up a dull day.
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Another started, trying acrylics again.
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A bit further on down the bluebell way
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Old Wednesday 30th May 2007, 22:26   #162
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a great daring composition, all those people who say a bird should always be looking into a picture are way off the mark! This is going to be brilliant!
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Dead right, Nick - it's looking totally fab! This is a really strong composition, Arthur - the path winding towards us and the giant tree trunk against this dynamic shape of a maggie - can't wait for the 'reveal'.
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I haven't commented on anything for a couple of weeks, but I've got to say I think this pic's going to be a stonker!

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Taking a walk down bluebell way

a challenge that I wanted to have a go at.

+ Woody's sug. ref the bill.
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Old Friday 1st June 2007, 11:07   #166
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a challenge that you've pulled off very well indeed, it is simply beautiful. The colours are superb and the bird is every bit alive. Very well done!
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Nick's in first again, and he's dead right. Super result - clever stuff, Arthur.
Have you considered putting together a portfolio and letting some greetings cards companies see the designs. It's a very competitive market, but you may just surprise yourself.
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I really, really like this one Arthur. Just one thing bothers me though, and it's probably only to do with the screen resolution, I can't make out the beak too well. I would have expected to see it more clearly, perhaps it could do with darkening slightly? Obviously you have the original in front of you and it's your work so please just ignore me if I'm being daft!

Other than that it's a great pic all round and, I agree with Tim, I reckon greetings card companies could be very interested in your work.

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Thankyou all three, Woody I had alook at it and totaly agree with you . just a touch more plus took again with a close up of maggie.

thanks for your suggestions but Im'e a free agent still exploring and trying dif. styles + never exhibeted or sold one of my pictures. just enjoying my retirement.
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Same as on the sketchothon
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It's great Arthur. I knew I was going to like the final piece, and I do. Compositionally it's very strong and your highly individual, graphic style works a dream.

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There's something of the 'secret garden' in this piece which really appeals to me - it worked out really nicely.
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must start doing adult birds again, little avo. on the joint thread also.
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Hi Arthur, I have just seen your work for the first time and I am gobsmacked.Your pen and ink are amazing, and you manage to capture the essence of the birds so well. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks Phil its nice to know you enjoy my doodling.

As on the joint thread .Juv. Ringed Plover, nearly trod on him on the Beach this morning.
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