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Old Friday 16th March 2012, 22:27   #26
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J, this scene was irresistible!
Irresistible and irresistibly done. It took me a while to finally sort out every bird but that just added to the appreciation when I noticed the last one - with it's bill pointed up at 45 degree angle.
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Old Saturday 17th March 2012, 09:47   #27
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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!
marvellous image- and very disciplined with the browns: I've always had mental image of Garganey with richer chestnut brown head than the real thing

its the spring cycle alright

about end Feb I start to get impatient with Shoveler, thinking ooh there will be Garganey soon

then nothing happens

then some dynamic Derry Garganey blast into view week 2 March

then I see a sleepy drake somewhere in Suffolk a few weeks later

fingers crossed
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Old Sunday 18th March 2012, 12:03   #28
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marvellous image- and very disciplined with the browns: I've always had mental image of Garganey with richer chestnut brown head than the real thing

its the spring cycle alright

about end Feb I start to get impatient with Shoveler, thinking ooh there will be Garganey soon

then nothing happens

then some dynamic Derry Garganey blast into view week 2 March

then I see a sleepy drake somewhere in Suffolk a few weeks later

fingers crossed
Had to think of this as I went to bed last night reading Tunnicliffe's 'Winter Shoreland Diary' and he talked about and drew the Garganeys that arrived on March 1 many years ago. I've learned a lot about these beautiful birds over last couple days.
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This is a really great piece, Nick! I love your use of neutralized colors, and the composition is very engaging and interesting.
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Old Thursday 22nd March 2012, 15:22   #30
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After having heard about a jack snipe and a bittern on my patch, the alarm went off at five again - an ambition fulfilled, sketching a jack snipe on the ground, though he was still a bit too distant to get any good detail (as my photo shows!) Right, one more gin and tonic, then a nap! Oh, the bittern showed too, I'll post him later!
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Congrats on the jacksnipe - and on the drawings which are superb. Love the photo - difficult to get these pin-sharp . . . .
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Congrats on the jacksnipe - and on the drawings which are superb.
I hate to think what my drawings would look like if the alarm had gone off at 5 a.m.
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Congrats on the Jack Snipe Nick, seems many of these long awaited species are now turning up for you. Thats good as we get to see the sketches, these are very nice, which as just as well, given that the photo might be of a Caspian Snowcock....
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I think caspian snowcock would have at least been a bit more than a few pixels! Painting on the way - splash on some mess, then pick out the bits I want.
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y - splash on some mess, then pick out the bits I want.

Oh right, thats how you do it...

Look forward to it Nick...
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Old Sunday 25th March 2012, 09:39   #36
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Good morning everybody. Just stopping by to share a few of the joys of spring this year, garganey are going through in unprecedented numbers, managed to see a flock of 23 the other day, plus smaller groups on most of the places I watch. My first 'on the ground' jack snipe painting! hooray! Cranes have been easier to see this year with one stubble field regularly holding up to about ten birds and then there are snipes, ruffs, lapwings and water pipits - all very lovely indeed - which is why my apartment is such a filthy hole, no time to put the hoover round!
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a bittern has spent the past few days on my patch - which is quite quite purple now - as there is also a long-eared owl nesting in full view - will have to make the most of it before the leaves grow over. What with the jack snipe, a spotted crake and the return of the grey-headed woodpecker, I'm quite enjoying my little area of gravel pits.

The rooks are for the book.
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And now you're at it too! Waking me from Winter slumber with a cold bucket of genius! Damn, I've got to get my brushes out again...

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. . . not arf - these works take you gently by the throat, slap you around the senses whilst simultaneously snog your face off!!! Incredible - simply incredible. The snipe pic is flooded with that amazing Derry spring light and the rooks act as a perfect counterpoint to this image (there's even a face-on red-throated diver masquerading as a building in this piece). Superb!
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. . . not arf - these works take you gently by the throat, slap you around the senses whilst simultaneously snog your face off!!! Incredible - simply incredible. The snipe pic is flooded with that amazing Derry spring light and the rooks act as a perfect counterpoint to this image (there's even a face-on red-throated diver masquerading as a building in this piece). Superb!
Just about every spring solstice I hear Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' on the radio. I find it stunning every time I hear it. And then I think, why isn't there some sort of wildlife art that is as modern and of the time and yet still true to nature. Where's the visual portrayal of spring that has this same vibrancy? Well here's the answer!

Sheer exhuberance. Have to come back later for a closer look. Both you and Tim seemed to have arrived full force this week!
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first time the watercolour have been outside in a long time, but this was just too good an opportunity to throw away. Sadly, there were so many people about wreaking havoc by walking dogs, children, bikes, quadbikes and dishclothesque-rat-canines all around the place - including in the area they're not allowed, I thought it best not to encourage people to enquire as to what I was painting, and quickly knocked this one out from the boot of Zippy whilst glaring psychopathically at anyone who was going to pop over with a nice 'bonjour'. The level of disturbance today was shocking, so I was surprised that at 8.15pm, just as the light was almost gone, the bittern flew in again.
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that's a spectacular collection: finest bit of spring is when its just kicking off and before everything goes green and leafy, so much potential in the air [and on the water]
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wow...great pictures and I love this one with the crows? crows are right?
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Rooks, I think Gaby - but crows all the same :)
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Beautiful composition that of the rooks Nick. For some reason it makes me think of Chagall. Maybe the color, the aerial view or something... We have a huge exhibition of this artist these days in Madrid.
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What a fantastic field sketch Nick. I would be over the moon with the Long Eared if id of spent 4 whole days on it
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Quite fantastic this latest batch Nick. The Rook piece is remarkable in it's depth, though I must say it was the Lapwings and Snipe between the rust posts that blew me away, your brushstrokes and pallette here at breathtaking...

Spring is here, one might not need even go for a walk to know it, such is the imagination with which these scenes have been portrayed...
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Cracking work as ever, Nick!
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Your field work is as big an inspiration as the work you do at home. I would probably harass you if I found you working in a park in Oslo.
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Great job on all - the rook piece is great, but I especially like the LEOW, the composition of which really suggests how well camo'd they are when they are found.
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