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Old Saturday 29th May 2010, 02:59   #51
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Some more oldies...
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Old Saturday 29th May 2010, 05:25   #52
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Love the page of crakes, such character, and those feet

flash painting thread is started....thanks for the idea...

one thing really good about your pages is one can actually read the notes, in nice block print...my field notes on the other hand are unintelligible after 2 days, my scribbling is a mess, mostly I don't write anymore...some how if my hand is drawing it doesn't write, and if writing doesn't draw( I've never figured out what this emoticon means, but I like it, so try to use it when I can)
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Old Saturday 29th May 2010, 08:49   #53
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More sensational stuff, Phil. The Long-tailed Skua I'm in awe of - never seen 'em! I also love the little auks and petrel, although I've had more experience with martians than sea birds.
You're right about the old BB's. There's nothing I like better than to browse through old rarity reports and the wonderful sketches within. I'm often inclined to buy the BB interactive just on the strength of these. Alas,with the advent of the digital age, this kind of thing seems to be becoming rarer.

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Old Saturday 29th May 2010, 13:47   #54
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Really lovely drawings. Like Colleen I'm really taken with the Crakes.

But I'm also taken with the Waxwings. Just saw a few yesterday and they just won't sit still. They 'look' like they're sitting still. But as soon as you put pen to paper they're gone. I've yet to get a good drawing of one, though I see them with some regularity in the summer here. That makes these all the more impressive.
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More sensational stuff, Phil. The Long-tailed Skua I'm in awe of - never seen 'em! I also love the little auks and petrel, although I've had more experience with martians than sea birds.
You're right about the old BB's. There's nothing I like better than to browse through old rarity reports and the wonderful sketches within. I'm often inclined to buy the BB interactive just on the strength of these. Alas,with the advent of the digital age, this kind of thing seems to be becoming rarer.

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I was worrying about your eyesight then Russ...Long tailed Skua..??!!
Then i realized you must be referring to post 35....

ps...crackin sketches again Phil....[tree sparrow my favorite i reckon]...smart little birds that i'm fortunate enuff to have around these parts...albeit in small numbers...
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Love the waxwings, Phil - wonderful work.
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Old Saturday 29th May 2010, 17:57   #57
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I will respond later with some actual work in progress...
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love these am realylooking forward to work in progress
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I knew there was a flood of great stuff just waiting to be released! Way to go Phil!

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Old Saturday 29th May 2010, 21:17   #60
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more fantastic stuff Phil. the crake I love, the eye looks so sweet, innocent, doleful and bambi-like! I can imagine it sitting there, looking so sweet it makes you want to cry!

But as a newly established seawtahcing maniac I have to say that Pom is simply superb! Perfect symbolization of the spring I didn't have!
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Wonderful work phil, now I really do have Skua envy! They truely are fantastic birds
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Old Sunday 30th May 2010, 00:10   #62
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We seem to be well favoured with Skuas around Bristol and the Severn Estuary, UK. Skuas like to cross from the Atlantic to the North Sea overland, between the Severn and the Wash. Beats fying all around the British Isles I guess! My last local Skua was a Bonxie at Chew Valley Lake, last year. Fantastic views as it systematically tried to murder everything on the lake! Never seen Coots move so fast! Sometime after, that year, a Pomarine Skua took up a brief residence. Very partial to Common Gulls it was!
Though my favourite place for these birds is Portland Bill, Dorset, UK.

Thanks for all your lovely comments.

Been actually painting today!

An experimental piece. I wanted the bird involved to be a "bit-player" to the landscape. In this case salt-marsh, and a "driftwood tree stump". Working from a range of photos my partner had digi-scoped last September.

Not finished yet. But I attach the progression shots from my mobile. I warn you the images are poor quality. But give some impression of the stages.

I'll post more when I get the chance to work on it again. The subject is a Wheatear on return passage. Northwick Wharf, Gloucestershire, England.
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beautiful bit of stump...I've tried drawing these things and always end up rubbish...I get completely confused over the forms, ADD I guess
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Love your stuff Phil & echo the views of others like the way you organise the pages of your field sketches. I love the Great Grey Shrike & Dartford Warbler pic, the orioles, waxwings, well pretty much all of them. Great stuff look forward to seeing more.

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I love the drift wood composition, Phil. I would never have thought to do this. This is proper creativity in my eyes. Me? I just play at it.

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Driftwood stump's lovely, I could get lost in the details and forms of old wood for hours.

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Just beautiful, that group of dead wood look so real. And the colorful bird calls your eyes to it.
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I look forward to seeing this one develop. That poor Wheatear has a lot to contend with.
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I apologise unreservedly for having let this thread reach three pages before leaving a comment, I feel rather adequately punished though as I'm not going to be able to enjoy all these pictures right now - will have to wait for the evening when I have more time. One pic I'm so glad to have seen is your Stone Curlews - I'll be thinking of that when I start my pic of two of them with a whimbrel. Superb stuff.
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I've never seen dead wood look so good! oh, and the Wheatear is rather spiffing too dear chap!
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Thank you all for your kind replies...

Been away. Mixing it with Yellowhammers, Corn Buntings, Red-Legged Partridges and such. No Quail though!

Did a bit more to "the stump" today. Those mobile photos were awful!

So here are 2 "next progression" scans.

The yellow in the last is being introduced. The water-colour pencil is building up the strokes. I should've left the Wheatear out, until closure. So, please don't focus on it!

All the very best to all of you! And keep up the GOOD WORK!!!!
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Great work Phil - lovely surface textures coming through.
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Great work Phil - lovely surface textures coming through.

Yes indeed!

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