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Old Friday 18th May 2012, 15:21   #101
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I'm glad the eagle is identifiable from the picture - I didn't want to fuss too much on it and was worried that it may look like an egyptian vulture or a white stork!
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Old Saturday 19th May 2012, 11:15   #102
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more sketches - Little Ringed and Kentish Plovers and a Stone Curlew
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Old Saturday 19th May 2012, 12:43   #103
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Fantastic series Nick.... Ploveriffic.
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Old Saturday 19th May 2012, 14:59   #104
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I'll trade you a week staying in our house in Spain for one of the resultant water colours anytime,
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Sleeping LRP, masterpiece of derryness, nuff said...
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Old Sunday 20th May 2012, 14:53   #107
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I'll trade you a week staying in our house in Spain for one of the resultant water colours anytime,
That sounds like my next holiday sorted then, you could have a whole sackload of watercolours for a week.
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That sounds like my next holiday sorted then, you could have a whole sackload of watercolours for a week.
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Never seen a Stone Curlew but whenever I've seen them in guides they've always struck me as just odd. That last sketch seems to fit my impression of them perfectly. And then of course there's that wonderful second sketch!
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That Little Ringed is outstanding! I also loved the Cetti's Warbler flying off - you really have a special gift when it comes to catching the moment.
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slowly getting through the paintings from the holiday - looks like I'll have plenty of time this weekend - the weather is too hot and nice to bother going birding, so will have a weekend in the studio with beer and brushes.

Balearic warbler - I can see another version of this in my mind.
Self portrait and Audouin's Gull
Everything in the sky except Lucy with Diamonds
Two very different versions of the same curlew sandpipers
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Hi Nick,

Fantastic batch this. Blue seems to be your colour at the moment, with plenty of complementery pinks and purples. Raptors are my fav I think, the brooding Black Vulture dominates the sky briliantly. Curlew Sands are top class too Nick.
Nice to see your capped silhoette still there in the Audoins piece, love work that remains true to observation and this certainly ticks all those boxes....
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Fantastic batch this. Blue seems to be your colour at the moment, with plenty of complementery pinks and purples. Raptors are my fav I think, the brooding Black Vulture dominates the sky briliantly. Curlew Sands are top class too Nick.
Nice to see your capped silhoette still there in the Audoins piece, love work that remains true to observation and this certainly ticks all those boxes....
Skipped comments earlier today because I wanted to get out before it was just too hot to be out. But Alan beat me to my first thought: Blue seems to be your color. And have to agree again about work that remains true to experience, even if that is just your hatted shadow. When I was in art school I never understood why some had such a preference for working from experience. Now it makes perfect sense to me. It always seems to add something extra.

For my favorite I have to go with number four!What a beauty.
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. . . been watching these appear and trying to find words. Still, none come. Amazing. Always; but especially these from the recent jaunt. Amazing . . . .
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A fantastic gaggle of Sandpipers Nick first one pips it for me though
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I have to agree with Tim, Amazing... I really like the vibrant colors, and how the images seems to be taken straight from the moment you were there yourself!
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I have to agree with Tim, Amazing... I really like the vibrant colors, and how the images seems to be taken straight from the moment you were there yourself!
what pleasure

it's been an unfurling spring all in itself this thread, watching Lucian Freud browns of late April turn to blue Med in late May
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WOW what I always love about your work Nick is that it never stands still. It continues to move forward as you explore new techniques and new ways of using colour. The sandpiper painting to the right really made me smile. Abstract, full of colour and at the same time totally believeable. I didnt think that the close up of the tree trunk worked in the painting next to it as it detracts too much from those gloriously painted birds underneath. If I could paint birds, this is just how I would paint them. Very exciting. More please!!
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It seems that you are going through one of the most creative and inspired periods of your life Nick!
It`s not just the technical virtuosity, but it is the unusual approach to your subject which attract the viewer most..

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It seems that you are going through one of the most creative and inspired periods of your life Nick!
It`s not just the technical virtuosity, but it is the unusual approach to your subject which attract the viewer most..

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ps...Nick...i love the 'lack of lucy in the sky with diamonds' pic...marvellous stuff...

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Catching back up after way too long away from the forum. I won't even attempt to come up with adequate words to describe how great the work here is. It certainly convinces me I have to carve out the time to keep current with this thread!
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Bacl to France for a little while, though there are still plenty of paintings from holidays that I want to do. Here we have my lifer Corncrake bombing past me , I spent a wonderful afternoon listening to them (and glimpsing this one) at a secret site in my region - sadly, we don't have many left at all - just two sites this year in a region 4/5 the size of Wales. Black Kite being inspected by a crow and then some paintings from my weekend in the uplands of Franche Comté with Mr Jonathan Williams where we had a lifer each - I finally saw Quail, he ticked Lesser Spotted Eagle (with at least 13 Hobby) and we both enjoyed some very showy Marsh Warblers.
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A wonderful collection, as usual! The Marsh Warbler particularly drew me in. Sounds like a great holiday for the life list as well.
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