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Old Wednesday 4th August 2010, 14:39   #101
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Fantastic stuff Andy. I would get myself down to the gallery for a look but I don't think they'd let me in wearing my camo shorts and scrappy t-shirt!

Best of luck with the exhibition though. (Simon too.)

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I am very happy to have (just now) found your sketches! I'm an artist based in NYC, sadly far away from your exhibition, but happily able to see some of your work here.
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Old Thursday 5th August 2010, 17:58   #103
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Just found the painting of the Gyr in the snowstorm - took my breath away!

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Old Thursday 5th August 2010, 22:13   #104
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Your falcons remind me a lot of David Reid Henry. Has he been an influence on your style ?
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Great sketching, Andrew! This inspires me to put my camera away more often and do more drawing for references. Keep it up.
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Old Friday 6th August 2010, 08:26   #106
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Your falcons remind me a lot of David Reid Henry. Has he been an influence on your style ?
The falcon in the blizzard reminds me of one by Lars Jonsson - I think it appeared in 'Birds Illustrated'.

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Well thankyou , for the connections you have given me to ,Two great artists. I was influenced by Reid Henry thats for sure. And now Lars has become one of my favorite artists. The piece you are talking of was after seeing a Gyr a few years back at cape Cornwall I think?? anyway influence wise that piece has heavy leanings towards Bateman if I'm honest.Just wanted to show the Harsh enviroment these fab Falcons seem to shrug off ! perfectly adapted for it.
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Old Friday 6th August 2010, 10:05   #108
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I am very happy to have (just now) found your sketches! I'm an artist based in NYC, sadly far away from your exhibition, but happily able to see some of your work here.
Thankyou , and sorry about the distance problem but who knows maybe I'll have a show in New York at some point!! Its good to dream
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What about rain forest birds ? What about all those fabulous raptors and pheasants simply waiting for you to be painted ? If you would include tropical forest scenes into your body of work and master them as well as your current topics, I swear you would easily become the most accomplished bird painter of your generation. And you'll have a New York show in no time !
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Hehe - and vice versa!
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What about rain forest birds ? What about all those fabulous raptors and pheasants simply waiting for you to be painted ? If you would include tropical forest scenes into your body of work and master them as well as your current topics, I swear you would easily become the most accomplished bird painter of your generation. And you'll have a New York show in no time !
That would all be fantastic but I have to get myself there yet! All in good time!
Well for now here is some little bits of Tropical forrest work I have done not much there are a few more but i have not shots to hand of these.
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All beauties! And I notice something in your work that I've seen before, including the flash paintings, but never really articulated. A really scintillating sense of value and value contrasts. Just makes everything pop. Don't be shy about posting more.
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Thanks Ken sorry its another!! Falcon !!
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Amazing sketching Andrew! Your kingfishers are my favorite but they are a special bird to me.. :) fantastic work - Looking through makes me want to put the computer away and get out my sketch book!!
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Looking through makes me want to put the computer away and get out my sketch book!!

Yes, I know that feeling - only I alternate between 'getting out the sketch book' or 'burning the brushes',

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I had to sit down with smelling salts when I saw these...

Fantastico!
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I'm with Keith....will have to reincarnate and start at the age of 3 to even begin to come close to this skill and art...
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Old Wednesday 18th August 2010, 22:25   #118
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A good weekend!!

Just thought I'd post some sketches from last weekend when i and the family hit the Beach at Beesands Nr Kingsbridge. We had a lovely time and the kids had a blast. Soooooo Did I !! watching Sandwich Terns fishing just off the beach with their noisy interactions and best of all their activities attracted a beauty of an Arctic skua!! Yes!!! really made my day. Tim I know you see them allot where you are but this is my 2nd only individual . a light phased bird my first being a dark Phase. To top that on the way home stopped for a impromptu wee stop for little Maisie and as i got out of the car to let her out i just happened to look up and there above was a Hobby being mobbed by a group of not to happy Swallows! Moral of this story,.... Never stop looking up!
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Top notch sketches as usual Andy. Skua's v nice - Tim's got company!!
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Always room for more in the SAS (Skua Appreciation Society), Adam - But these are seriously good field drawings Andy, no one would believe you had only seen one skua before, such is the mastery of the bird's form - just perfectly done. The terns are bouyant and glowing with light, transporting the viewer to the sunny seaside. Hobby's a beaut - great shape and a lovely tale. One word of advice about looking up whilst young'uns are enjoying a wee - one's feet tend to get, erm - sprayed - as my too delight in reminding me as often as possible.
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Always room for more in the SAS (Skua Appreciation Society), Adam - But these are seriously good field drawings Andy, no one would believe you had only seen one skua before, such is the mastery of the bird's form - just perfectly done. The terns are bouyant and glowing with light, transporting the viewer to the sunny seaside. Hobby's a beaut - great shape and a lovely tale. One word of advice about looking up whilst young'uns are enjoying a wee - one's feet tend to get, erm - sprayed - as my too delight in reminding me as often as possible.
Yes Tim Had the Wee experience before!! Won't stop me looking up though

I'm still buzzing about that Skua! Ithink there may be a painting in there now bursting to come out
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I'm particularly drawn to the Peregrine sketches with the flattened head shapes - it made me immediately Google Peregrine skull images. I have a fascination with the permutations of skeleton/musculature/feathering and their effect on form and expression...though lately my mind has been more "in the vaults" than usual...
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These are drawings done of a Cuckoo I saw on Harford Moor an area where i fly the falcons. This individual was very confiding there are allot of walkers using the track that winds its way up across the moor. and this activity seemed to have made this Juv cuckoo quite approachable. Hope you like.
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