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Old Friday 21st December 2012, 21:02   #76
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I cant see what you think doesnt work with the first painting but the second is fantastic. Your a talented lass and I always enjoy your posts
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Old Saturday 22nd December 2012, 14:05   #77
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another beautiful paint...merry christmas for you and your family
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Old Thursday 17th January 2013, 05:02   #78
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New year ;)

Thank you so much Mike, Gaby and Bigshent!!! And a happy new year to you!! Well, the first one in last post became to busy, and it was not what I had in mind when I started... but I learned from it, and thats always good

I have been planning a lot of new paintings, and hopefully I will get the paintings done soon as well, but I have been enjoying working in my art journal so much. Especially since I have gotten permission from several photographers to use their photos as reference material...
I have also been able to study a flock of azure-winged magpies, but unfortunately just from afar. They were to shy for letting me get anywhere close! But I really enjoyed watching them all the same. They looked almost boring grey when sitting still, and then when they moved and flied they became this beautiful streaks of light pale blue... I have to get that experience down on paper one of these days!

But here are some pages from my art journal from this new year! The two first are in my A4 journal, Magpie and common Blackbird, and the two last ones are from my A5 journal, Long tailed tit and barn owl. C&C always more than welcome!!
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Old Thursday 17th January 2013, 19:33   #79
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These are all wonderful designs, love the colours of the long-tailed tit one especially - great stuff as usual!
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Old Friday 18th January 2013, 00:42   #80
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Jenny - you manage to make a common blackbird look uncommonly amazing!!

All these are beautiful...
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Old Friday 18th January 2013, 09:05   #81
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Thank you Nick and Chris, I'm glad you like them!!
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Old Friday 18th January 2013, 14:28   #82
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ALL wonderful, I rather like the Blackbird piece
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Old Friday 18th January 2013, 23:38   #83
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All are just exceptional, Jenny!
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Lovely, the lot of 'em.

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Old Sunday 20th January 2013, 21:55   #85
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I'm particularly struck by the colors Jenny.
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Long time...

Oh my, it has been a long time since I was here last!! I have some serious catching up to do with all your folks great threads... But before I loose myself in your artworks, I thought to share some of what I have been up o these last few months...

The winter here in Rizhao/China has been dull, brown and dusty. The only birds active have been the black and white magpies, so nothing exciting happening there.
More interesting was the birds I was able to see on a vacation to Bali in February. I saw a few new species in the wild, and the ones I have been able to identify were: chinese or javan pond-heron, white-headed and white-rumped Munia, Cattle egret. Then we went to a bird park, and there were a lot of interesting birds to see. The one that I was most eager to see was the Balinese starling. It is a stunning white starling with blue markings around the eyes, and it is only found on Bali. Unfortunately it has become so rare, so the only place you can make sure to watch it, is in the bird park...

Now when the spring has been blossoming in bright white and a lot of pink here in the cherry gardens, I have seen two new birds; the Eye-broed-thrush, and what I think was a Blythis leaf warbler. I have seen several of the leaf warblers, but they are so incredible quick and shy, that I think that I can only identify the one as a blythis... They all look so alike for an amateur like me

And otherwise I have been painting and painting and trying to get ready for an exhibition back home in Finland in August. But as I am flying home already in the beginning of july, I have to have everything I want to take with me ready in two weeks time, so that they have time to dry before going in the suitcase...
It is an exhibition in a nature and bird art gallery in Inkoo, Finland. I will be exhibiting together with a sculptor, so her bird sculptures will occupy the tables and window niches, and my paintings will fill the walls. I am so exited for this exhibition, because it will be my first big exhibit since 2009...

I have got a few new paintings finished since january, so I will start sharing them:
The first to are Nuthatches. I made the second one first, and I sold it almost right away, and the buyer commissioned me for another to go with it. So he chose both the bird and the song in the background, and the first painting here is the result of that. #1: 'Song of the smith', oil and different papers on canvas, 25x17cm, #2: 'You are so beautiful to my eyes', same, same... The titles of the paintings are a translation of the song titles in the background.
The following two paintings of the european robin were my first paintings that I finished this year, and they were both kind of a struggle. They changed multiple times, and still I didn't succeed totally with what I had in mind from the beginning. But I thought that they will have to become what they are now, as they clearly didn't want 'to behave'... Maybe it was the colour green itself that caused me trouble. I'm not comfortable painting in green... Anyway: #3: 'My fathers land', oil and mixed media on canvas, 17x25cm. #4: 'Evening', oil and mixed media on canvas, 25x17cm.
The last painting is a Bullfinch because my mothered asked for one They have been visiting her bird feeder this winter, and she thought their colours so beautiful so she suggested them as a motif for me. I had a lot of fun with the background, and there are many layers there, but it has to be seen in real life to see the depth of the layers. #5: 'Spring frost', oil and mixed media on canvas, 20x30cm.

This was it for now, more to come! C&C most welcome!!!
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All very nice Jenny, and subtly beautiful. Good luck with your show!
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Thank you Ken, I'm glad you think so!

So, the next few paintings I have to share are a series of 20x20cm paintings on canvas board, where I have tried not to paint my collage background, but left it as it is:

The first is a Siberian Jay. This is my own favorite I think of these. Second is a crested tit. The 'forest-stripes' in the background is actually a linoleum print from my art uni days that came in handy this way...
Third is a White wagtail, no summer is complete without them wagging their tail on the beaches! And last, a Chaffinch. This one became a little dark, but lets see how it will be received!

C&C as always more than welcome!!
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Another great selection to feast our eyes on
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More brilliant designs Jenny, and the birds themselves are beautifully painted as always. Congratulations on the book cover!..
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Old Sunday 23rd June 2013, 08:15   #91
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Your work is awesome, Jenny!

From your last ones, I love the nuthatchs drawings.
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Old Tuesday 25th June 2013, 03:54   #92
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Thank you all for your kind feedback!
I have been painting steadily now, so I have more paintings to post soon.
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Old Friday 27th December 2013, 02:08   #93
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Merry Christmas!

Hello everybody! I have totally forgotten to keep this thread updated after I came back from my 2,5 months holiday home to Finland. I have a lot to share with you! But before I go into all the good things that has happened lately, I just want to wish you all a great Holiday season and a creative blessed new year!!
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Merry Christmas. You may appreciate that one of my Christmas presents was from your home. A newly translated book from the University of Aalto on making woodblock prints. I'm very much enjoying it.
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Ken: how nice! I'm glad you are enjoying something from my country

So, I told you that I have a lot to share, so lets begin! Soon after my latest entry in june last year I went home to Finland for a 2,5 months 'holiday'. I didn't spend that much time online, I gave my back and shoulders some rest too…

I had an exhibition in august in a beautiful gallery in an old barn half an hour drive from my hometown. I had finished about 30 paintings for the show, and I was lucky enough to sell 16 paintings! So I was very satisfied!

Since my return to China I haven't painted much except for in my art journal, but I have some paintings left to share from last year! All of these paintings are first collage and mixed media for the background, and the birds are painted last in oil on top of it all.
C&C always welcome!!

Now I'm off to see what you guys have been up to lately!
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Ok, the saker falcon rotated for some reason.. well, hopefully you can still see him!
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Thank you so much for your kind comments!
Here are the last two paintings I finished last year in time for the exhibition. Both mixed media on canvas.
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