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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 15:33   #1
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Bienvenue 'chez Nick'

Ok, no big introductions, you know how it works, I stay up all night drinking various beverages and getting paint all over the walls, then I post the results here.

So Welcome! Here's the painting space, then we have the view from the window - already quite a selection of birds there and then the first piece to come from the new place - a nice self-found Smew. Not long after, I got to work on these displaying Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers.
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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 15:38   #2
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The main project for the year will be getting all the illustrations ready for a book about the wildlife in Besançon, after the past few months of not painting much, I'm going to have to work like the clappers to get it done (and not idle the afternoons away on Youtube or Facebook) Luckily, the apartment is well-situated to get some of this work done, the Long-tailed Tits, Green Woodpecker and Collared Doves were all sketched from the window. The Water Rails and Water Pipits were not - they were a day out in the big freeze.
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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 15:42   #3
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and some more from the book - the development of the 'waste'land around where I work is continuing at a very fast pace, so far the bushes where my red-backed shrikes bred last year are untouched, but as the adjacent scrub has been bulldozed, I doubt they're going to stick around for much longer. So the Shrike and Gatekeeper piece is a rather poignant piece of work for me. We also have a Kestrel from the same place, some Chamois (so strange to have these on the edge of the town) and a Common Gull which are really not at all common here.
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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 15:43   #4
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some cracking work there nick, good luck with the book george
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Always glad to see your work Nick. Im new to all this art lark but love your previous thread although im only half the way through. Something in there what ever your taste in art is. Great new selection Im drawn to the Collard doves Just one worrying thing Im sure thats the first time ive seen you art area without a bottle of ale on show.

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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 16:56   #6
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Just one worrying thing Im sure thats the first time ive seen you art area without a bottle of ale on show.

Haha, the bottles are neatly stored in the cupboard just out of shot!
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fantastic stuff Nick...amazes me how quick you can produce stuff....mark.
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Ahhh, yes, another brand-spanking new Nick thread to look forward to! In addition to your wonderful style, it's always great to see new (to me) species through your artistic eyes, and no exception here. I'll be following along. Good luck with the book!
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Nick ..Very nice compositions...Very unsettling contrast ,in te shrike piece..I think we All are sensitive to the presence of All those elements combined in the same image..I liked it right away...The Water Rail in the snow brings me wonderful memories from the years that I lived in New Mexico, where I used to visit the rails daily, ....in Sunshine or in Shadow..Oh Danny Boy I loved them So!
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fantastic stuff Nick...amazes me how quick you can produce stuff....mark.

A great start to the new place Nick. And interesting to see your local photos as well. Based on the work you do and birds you see I always expect that you're living deep in the countryside far from anything urban. Then I'm occasionally reminded that you're not, as in tall buildings here, and of course earth-moving equipment. It makes the wild and natural aspect of your work all the more impressive.

Hard to choose favorites but I do love the pipit, shrike with bulldozer and chamois. And I'm quite happy to see this book becoming a reality!
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Dreadful stuff, Nick . Really didn't like the LSW - far too evocative. And that Smew ... it's monochrome! As for the RB Shrike threatened by a digger .... far too upsetting. And the Green Woodpecker painting made me feel cold! Nah! Didn't like 'em at all. Can't understand why my words have come out so green though!
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The LSW painting is a real masterpiece!
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Old Monday 5th March 2012, 23:09   #13
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Having had to replace my old lappy with a shiny new thing, I thought I'd help my ageing old eyes out just a tad by getting a 17" one - just in time, it would seem!!! The thumbnails are special but when opened up the images simply jump to life. No favourite - or should I say 'all favourites'. This work should be seen in a book - on a laptop - worn on a tee-shirt and emblazened across billboards. Too good - just too good.
Nice hovel you have there, too :)
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good to have you back Nick and looking forwsrd to the book
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What a comeback Nick!
Every single picture is unique! Excellent series of paintings !
Good luck with the book and please let us know of it's progress...

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A great start to the new place Nick. And interesting to see your local photos as well. Based on the work you do and birds you see I always expect that you're living deep in the countryside far from anything urban. ... And I'm quite happy to see this book becoming a reality!
Agree! I do often imagine you living in the woods - don't know why you would more than the rest of us!

I love the pipit walking on the "water" - the lift of his foot is an interesting action. I too am very excited about a book!
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Is this the lastest comeback since Lazarus?
Each piece is brilliant and so unique! For me the stars are the Collared Doves ( I see this kind of courting behaviour very regularly where I live, but never seen any artist capture it), and the fly by Common Gull. Theseare one of my fave species and you've well and truly nailed it - with trees in the background!

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I meant to say 'Greatest'.

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very nice......i was wondering if you could upolad some more.....
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very nice......i was wondering if you could upolad some more.....
Hi P-E, welcome to the artforum . . . Here try this; http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=80442 - maybe something to keep you occupied until he paints another barrow-load of work.
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Great to see the new thread Nick, the plastic guard protecting the wall behind the desk made me smirk, I had to repaint the kitchen wall here not so long ago at Linda's behest, though I liked the sepia splashes and paynes grey smudges on hte wall previously! The Chamnois comp in in danger of being lifted by Bateman, whilst the rest of it is great to see, so much going on, the LSW collage is a standout for me, though the simplicity of the Kestrel grabbed me too...
First proper spring day here on Stockholm, threatened double degree figures, so I'm off for geese at Hjälstaviken and a bit of sketching with John Costello, whos trying to get started with fieldwork. Been cold here but the recent birding has been fantastic, imagine theres a lot going on in france right now, look forward to seeing theresults here of spring.
All the best with the new studio Nick...
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Just stopping by to drop off the latest painting, some garganey and teal seen yesterday. I always used to paint the picture the same day, or the day after, so annoying that with limited time, most of the ideas get painted weeks or months after the event and so many more simply get abandoned, this scene was irresistible!
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Just stopping by to drop off the latest painting, some garganey and teal seen yesterday. I always used to paint the picture the same day, or the day after, so annoying that with limited time, most of the ideas get painted weeks or months after the event and so many more simply get abandoned, this scene was irresistible!
Irresistably draws my retina....WOW!

The spontaneity shows Nick, love the brush srokes, a really top drawer piece...

Should be seeing these here in about four weeks, this makes me look forward very much to spring, cheers!
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Irresistably draws my retina....WOW!

The spontaneity shows Nick, love the brush srokes, a really top drawer piece...

Should be seeing these here in about four weeks, this makes me look forward very much to spring, cheers!
They seem to be passing through in good numbers compared to last year when I only had one male seen twice in a week at the end of April. There were about 30 in the region yesterday.
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Can't stop looking at this one...genius!
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