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Old Wednesday 15th February 2012, 17:47   #1
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Greetings from Norway

It's been just a few weeks since I discovered the art-section on Birdforum, and what a nice discovery it was! I'm doing a little bird-artwork myself, but never as much as I want to, with a family and a full time job (not art-related) to tend to. As far as I know, few Norwegians share this passion - we don't have anything like the proud tradition of our neighbours in Sweden. That makes it even more important to get inspiration from abroad, and I've really been inspired by browsing these pages. I've seen many new names, and some familiar. One of the names I haven't seen, is a fellow blogger from Spain: http://ojeailustraciones.wordpress.com/ He's well worth checking out for those who haven't!

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From all the BirdForum Moderators and Administration, Welcome!

We are glad to have you join us in our appreciation of nature, especially wild birds.

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Welcome to the forum, discovered your blog a while back, superb work. Your opening watercolour is of the highest order...look forward to seeing more very much..
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Old Wednesday 15th February 2012, 20:54   #4
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Welcome to the forum, discovered your blog a while back, superb work. Your opening watercolour is of the highest order...look forward to seeing more very much..
an honour to have you on- I've admired that Masked Shrike from your blog and so its a treat to see it again
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Great to see you here Oivind - welcome to the artforum. You already know how highly I personally rate your work - your name is on my blog as one of the most inspirational artists working today. Magical work, my friend.
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Old Wednesday 15th February 2012, 21:57   #6
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Thank you so much for a warm welcome! It means a lot coming from so skillful artists! As I'm sure you know, Tim, I feel the same way about your work, and it adds to my fascination that most of your work is made on a Scottish Island, in many ways similar to the wild nature I grew up with in the south-west of Norway. I will also make links on my blog to both Alan and Ed's blogs - great artwork on both of them.
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Old Thursday 16th February 2012, 06:53   #7
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Hi Oivind

I've had your blog bookmarked for a few years and regularly visit - your work is inspiring. I'm also a big fan of Ojea - now wouldn't it be great if we could have him join us on this forum?

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an honour to have you on- I've admired that Masked Shrike from your blog and so its a treat to see it again
Hi Oivind and welcome to the forum. I just had an enjoyable visit at your blog. I also got involved with linocuts starting a year and a half ago.

And thanks to Ed for answering my question about the bird portrayed. It's one I've never seen so I wasn't quite sure.
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Welcome on board Qivind!
I think it was about time to join us in Birdforum!
Your presence here is an enrichment for all of us!

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Thanks again - the community of bird artists really is a supportive one! Much appreciated.
Dave - at least I'll let Ojea know that we've been writing about him here.
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fantastic opening post...welcome, can't wait to see more...great shout for other artists blog...mark
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Hi there,
The opening post is simply stunning! A shrike, too! I can't wait to see more, especially examples of rough and ready fieldwork if you have any.

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Old Saturday 18th February 2012, 17:21   #13
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Hi, Øivind,
Just had a quick look at your blog, excellent work, will be going back to give it a bit more attention.
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Old Sunday 19th February 2012, 17:48   #14
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Thank you Mark, Russ and Chris. Looking forward to getting to know your work as well.
I had a peaceful weekend at home, and were able to do some painting. I've always been a birdwatcher more than an artist, which I think is reflected in many of my paintings - I usually pay much more attention to the bird than the surroundings. These days I'm trying to put the bird in an environment more and more, and I find painting flowers, leaves, stones and water really difficult. But it's still fun, and as we all know, practice is the only way forward.

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Old Sunday 19th February 2012, 20:37   #15
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This is a really stunning piece Qivind!
Absolutely superb!!

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Hi Oivind,
You may find stones and water difficult but it looks like you've approached them here with great confidence and pulled it off effortlessly!...
A beautiful peaceful scene.
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a fantastic piece...you've done this very nice...mark
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warm welcome here...you came with beautiful paintings
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I've always been a birdwatcher more than an artist, which I think is reflected in many of my paintings - I usually pay much more attention to the bird than the surroundings. These days I'm trying to put the bird in an environment more and more, and I find painting flowers, leaves, stones and water really difficult. But it's still fun, and as we all know, practice is the only way forward.

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I think the incorporation of background is a stumbling block for so many artists, myself included. But you've done a wonderful job here. The bird is united with the background in a light-filled, peaceful environment as others have said.
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Hi Oivind, welcome and thanks for letting us to see your excelent work. I was in Norway in October, sketching in Doverfjeld and Flatanger. You may like to see some pages of my Norwegian sketchbooks in my blog http://juanmvarela.blogspot.co.nz/. I hope to return soon to your wonderful country.
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Thank you all!
Juan - lovely sketches from Norway. I've admired your work for some time, and your book "Entre mar y tierra" is high on my wish-list. Actually, I'm going to YOUR wonderful country in just a month, to the far south, where I'll have at least four days to watch birds and hopefully do some sketching. I'm really looking forward to it.
If you return to Norway, it would be an honour to show you some new sites!
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Wow, this mallard is wonderfully done. For me, the habitat is captured as expertly as the bird - simply superb!
Tell me, is this the result of the sketcbook, or from aphoto, or a bit of both?

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Thank you all!
Juan - lovely sketches from Norway. I've admired your work for some time, and your book "Entre mar y tierra" is high on my wish-list. Actually, I'm going to YOUR wonderful country in just a month, to the far south, where I'll have at least four days to watch birds and hopefully do some sketching. I'm really looking forward to it.
If you return to Norway, it would be an honour to show you some new sites!
Thank you Oivind, let me know if I can be of any help during your visit to Spain. I think I'll be in Madrid most of the time, working in my studio.
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Wonderfull paintings! What paper do you use?
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