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Old Wednesday 21st April 2010, 13:02   #51
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Not quite the same but many years ago, when I was strictly an abstract painter, I went to opening night at a juried show at University of Rochester in New York. I and a friend of mine both had work in the show. It was my first professional opening.

So I was pretty excited. Then I stepped into the museum and saw one of my paintings off in the distance - hung upside down! I immediately went to a museum official and told them of the problem but they said that they couldn't do anything until after the opening. So all night long I watched the few people who were interested in it walk up and stare at it intently, I guess trying to get some meaning from it. I wanted to rush up and say: "It's upside down! It's upside down! Don't waste your time." Instead I sat there in agony. It did teach me to plaster the back of any future work with up and down arrows.

Like the two of you I've found that I actually tend to enjoy the critical comments. For some reason they just seem pleasantly funny and it's hard to take offense at them. What's more dispiriting is seeing the majority of people walk by nonchalantly as though there's not even anything to look at.

Not all comments are bad though. I'm not too knowledgeable abut geese. Last year I was doing a quick watercolor field sketch of what I thought was a graylag. I told that to someone who inquired about the watercolor and he told me he thought it was a Chinese goose. He was right.
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Old Wednesday 21st April 2010, 13:28   #52
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main problem is not assaulting anyone who goes "ooh and [he] [she] 's left-handed.."
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main problem is not assaulting anyone who goes "ooh and [he] [she] 's left-handed.."
this is very true! I'm amazed how many people still get surprised to see me with my left hand curled round a pencil scrawling away as though my hand's on backwards and just can't help themselves, they have to blurt it out! Ssssh, my left-handedness is a secret!

I suppose it stems from the idea that being left-handed is linked to being gifted, though I may be ok with drawing and painting, there are tons of stuff I'm crap at! And amongst the 'greats' of wildlife art, I can only think of Scott who was left-handed too. I suppose the fact I've actually looked and checked before shows that there is some interest in verifying a correlation between being sinister and being an artist - I really should start screaming 'ooooh, he uses his RIGHT hand! wow!'.

The other pet peeve is when people see me sketching from life or using my sketches to make a picture, they ask if I copy photos. I usually reply with a 'pardon, mon fron-say tres mo-vay' and they let me be.

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Beautiful! Love the combo of paint and pencil!
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Old Thursday 22nd April 2010, 08:50   #55
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And amongst the 'greats' of wildlife art, I can only think of Scott who was left-handed too.
. . . I could be wrong, but I think Keeble and Dalton slot into that category too . . . . .
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Old Thursday 22nd April 2010, 11:26   #56
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wow! wonderful work Jackie. Brilliant. love it :)

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The best ones are the advice ones.

I had a guy say to me once, 'You know what's wrong with that owl don't you...' Always keen to learn I asked him to let me know. 'It's only got one eye...' he says. I explained that the owl had his head turned and that, at that angle, the other eye was hidden from view. He emphatically informed me that; 'You never see 'em like that' and off he trotted...

I don't think the painting was that bad!

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Old Friday 23rd April 2010, 18:29   #58
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The best ones are the advice ones.

I had a guy say to me once, 'You know what's wrong with that owl don't you...' Always keen to learn I asked him to let me know. 'It's only got one eye...' he says. I explained that the owl had his head turned and that, at that angle, the other eye was hidden from view. He emphatically informed me that; 'You never see 'em like that' and off he trotted...

I don't think the painting was that bad!

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That would have caused a scene had it happened to me, I'm obnoxious when I know I'm right! Just ask anyone in my family I've argued with! Not related to painting, but yesterday I was chatting with a guy I'd have rather slapped than spoken to. He was a local hunter, but that wasn't the problem, it was all the crap he came out with within half an hour of talking. What I haven't entirely managed to block out yet include:

"Grebes look like ducks don't they, that's why I shot one". (Protected species, not on the game list)

"There was a bittern here last year, I had my gun but decided not to shoot it". (As though the choice was his to make!)

"There is a rare species of grey swan here sometimes" (I pointed out that they were the youngsters, he called upon his experience of being older and told me it was impossible as they were the same size)

"There is a problem with Marsh Harriers here as they take the cats from the gardens" (he only knew there were Marsh Harriers there because I told him that the big chestnut and grey thing flying in front of us was one)

"So is Purple Heron just passage 'game'?" (that was the word he used - 'gibier')

"There are no fish in here anymore" followed by "There are some big fish in here". (Lucky he didn't see/recognise the cormorants flying past - that's enough of a debate with people who aren't ignorant of ecology)

"Did you draw that, it's great. What is it?" (a cuckoo)

"I saw two cuckoos yesterday"

"You're from England, I don't know where that is, I have a map of the world (Uncle Bulgaria!) - The Channel, what's that???" (maybe I should take French nationality, though I do suspect I missed the opportunity to perform experiments on him with an anal probe à la little green men from England)

It was the nicest "Au revoir" I ever said! I made sure I went off in the other direction.

Sorry to hijack your thread to rant Jackie!
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"Grebes look like ducks don't they, that's why I shot one". (Protected species, not on the game list)

"There was a bittern here last year, I had my gun but decided not to shoot it".

"So is Purple Heron just passage 'game'?" (that was the word he used - 'gibier')

Sorry to hijack your thread to rant Jackie!
After putting up with those comments, you deserve to rant as much and wherever you choose. Sometimes I'm really, really glad my French is as bad as it is - it stops me from understanding anything I wouldn't want to hear!
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Haven't posted anything for ages - been over burdened with illustrations - so here's a quick Little Owl sketch, seen overlooking allotments. Trouble with allotments is that people keep working on them and scaring the wildlife away; most inconsiderate! Hence only one sketch... but I hope you enjoy.
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What a feeling of solidity he has! Never seen one of these but he sure seems full of character.
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he sure seems full of character.
I love little owls - they're small but fierce. Always seem to be angry at anyone and everything!
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Feisty little beggars ain't they! A lovely little sketch of one of my all time fave birds. Good to see you've not forgotten us here in the basement. Also good to hear that illustration work is contributing to making a dent in the bills!

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That little owl is fantastic Jackie...

ps...'how' fantastic it is i cannot say without swearing...

Love it....!
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That little owl is fantastic Jackie...

ps...'how' fantastic it is i cannot say without swearing...

Love it....!
Thanks, come and see the sketch at BirdFair. I'm on Stand 49&50 in the art marquee.
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Thanks, come and see the sketch at BirdFair. I'm on Stand 49&50 in the art marquee.
I dare say i'll be kicking around the art tent as per usual Jackie....[and i will pop over to have a look at your stand...no worries]!......
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Solid, colourful, and a massive delight Jackie!

That is beautiful! Good luck with the Bird Fair....
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totally delightful rendering of this super little bird.
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Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Here are some barn swallow sketches for your perusal. Still rather fond of barn swallows in spite of their evil tendency to murder damselflies!
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Barn Swallows are in my top 10!

These do them justice so well. Beautiful representations Jackie.
Love the pencillings also.

Superb Swallowings!
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ah yes, these swallows have it! top class - beautifully done.
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Excellent hirundo's....

Sometimes an undervalued species i reckon!....[am looking forward to their mass gatherings soon with all their associated family twitterings of the migration lying ahead]...
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beautiful page of sketches, always clean an composed as your work is presented...they have such a sensitive capture of pose...love this one!
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These remind me of the days when I used to get buzzed by them every time I parked my car in the carport where they'd decided to nest. It was always a pleasure to see them. Lovely sketches.
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