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Old Friday 18th January 2013, 00:50   #51
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Alan - love the hawk owls...if it means more works like these then getting the studio was a great thing!! Congrats...
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Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 20:55   #52
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A productive full day in the studio today, having resisted the temptation to look for a Glaucous Gull at my gull patch here in the city. It been freezing here of late and tempatures have dipped below minus twenty, though today was only -12's!
Finally got the first of the Hawk Owl pieces complete, this one on masonite panel, 80cmx60cm. Recently aqquired some glaze medium, I must say, I do like the depth it gives the colour. Brought the DSLR along today, so images are better than recent iPhone snaps, though still taken under artificial light. This one really glows nicely thanks to the glazes...
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Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 21:08   #53
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Other progress here...lots done today.

A very large canvas of a Hawk Owl gliding through birchwood with prey is coming along slowly, I am building up glazes in the background right now. This piece will take quite some time to complete, due to it's size, a metre along the longest side...
Here is the earlier posted Yellowhammer in song, which I managed to crack today, after some thought. A small square canvas this one, not terribly far from completion, with the background now to my satisfaction, which was what was causing the hold up...
Also the badly proportioned Hawk Owl was painted over, has now become a Pygmy Owl, in a reworking of a painting done earlier in the year which I wasn't happy with. The proportions are better on this version I think, though the cloudy grey background may need reassesment...
Comment welcome on any of these works in progress, as always...
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2013, 00:03   #54
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Yellowhammer now complete...

Acrylic on canvas(40cmx40cm)
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2013, 04:04   #55
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The yellowhammer is beautiful. I'm not sure if we have those in the U.S. Keep up the good work.
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2013, 22:14   #57
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Wonderful job on the yellowhammer. Never seen one but every time I see a painting of one I get very itchy to see one in the flesh.
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2013, 22:28   #58
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The yellow hammer is very special! Great one.
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Old Tuesday 5th February 2013, 00:42   #59
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This bird is a very rare (winter only) visitor to the northeastern most part of our state - I would love to see one, but your painting certainly is a nice substitute!
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Old Friday 8th February 2013, 18:39   #60
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A full day in the studio today, finally. Been working a lot lately, which never thrills me, been itching to get back to painting..

Wasn't happy with the Pygmy Owl background, so spent time on that today, glazing in some colour. Saw this bird after dusk last March and decided it deserved to be portrayed as I recall it, in partial darkness..
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Old Friday 8th February 2013, 18:40   #61
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Large Hawk Owl canvas moving along slowly..
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Old Friday 8th February 2013, 18:44   #62
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Lastly, another bash at a Hawk Owl portrait, the last one was scrapped due to being badly drawn. Had an incredible day with this bird for the second time last Sunday, a few scribbles with gloves on led to this today, a better drawing by far..
Be back tomorrow to work on these three pieces..
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Looking and enjoying - albeit enviously. Fabulous work!
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Progress from a long day spent in studio from early yesterday until late evening..

Hawk Owl in Birch not worked on, though a much better image here. Will lighten the blue showing through the tree's quite a bit, then add rear details such as branches and tree trunks, before tackling the bird and foreground tree's in more detail..

Pygmy Owl painting was laborious, a lot of paint of this canvas, this one was a struggle. May be a few tweaks with regard to the bird itself, feel the bill is a little to large perhaps, though decided to let it sit in case I make the wrong decision...been difficult to balance this painting, painting the bird in semi darkness proved a big challenge.

Made good progrees with the Hawk Owl portrait and liking this one so far. Needs more detail around the crown, eyes and flight feathers on the upperparts, though very much came to life when the delicate underpart barring was added late yesterday evening before I left...

These images taken with the DSLR under artificial light last night...

Will be nice to get these owl pieces completed and out of my system, looking forward to some passerine paintings already..
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Pygmy Owl might have been a struggle but it looks like it ended very well. It has the sense of a particular time and place to it.
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Old Tuesday 12th February 2013, 22:22   #66
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Another full day at the studio today, first up was the finishing touches on the Hawk Owl portrait, which was duly completed...80cmx60cm.


The other piece, a Rough Legged Buzzard, came out of nowhere. I was leafing through and old sketchbook when I came across a watercolour/biro drawing of a creamy juvenile Rough Leg. A long canvas had been leaning against the wall for some weeks, I grabbed it a blocked in some colour, which worked out well. Before I knew it I was working the piece through rapidly, without getting into too much detail. It came very easily in the end, which is always very nice when it happens. I often see these birds here, perched on the uppermost branches of birch trees, which is how I painted it..
The painting is 140cmx40cm.
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Hey Al, nice to see an outpouring of work from the studio......very jealous as I'm stryuggling to put pencil to paper, let alone paint, at present.
Just perused your website too, nicely designed. One little thing though, 'commission' has two 's's in it.....it's spelt correctly once but thought you'd like to know :)

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Hey Al, nice to see an outpouring of work from the studio......very jealous as I'm stryuggling to put pencil to paper, let alone paint, at present.
Just perused your website too, nicely designed. One little thing though, 'commission' has two 's's in it.....it's spelt correctly once but thought you'd like to know :)

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RLB piece really works for me. Excellent paint work and fits in well with the long canvas

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The hawk owl is especially nice. Great work.
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A wonderful christmas gift from Linda, which I hadnt been able to get out and use until today. I was delighted when I ripped off the gift wrapping and found this cracking Windsor and Newton Watercolour Box. The box is about 12 inches along the longest side and is very sturdy, being made of bamboo. It hold 12 tubes of W&N watercolour tubes, a nice porcelein pallette, a small sponge and soft cloth, putty eraser, pencil and 2 small round watercolour brushes.
Adding to this I have picked up a couple of hog bristle Hake brushes and a very nice red sable No 12 round, which is a joy to use.
The freezing weather meant no field outings at the time so it was stowed away until now. The weaather has taken a turn for the better now though and this will be my tool of choice this year...
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Today I was up early with a good days weather forecast, the skies didnt dissapoint and I headed off at 9am in glorious sunshine, though it was still quite chilly. I went to Hammarby Hojden, which it a high hill in the southeast edge of Stockholm for a look about. It is used as a ski slope in winter, though now it has closed. It is the highest point in Stockholm. I have searched this area before, though it has been a mixed bag there, my best to date being a Black Redstart many years ago.
I arrived and started searching the slopes and three quarters of the way up I heard the call of the species I had really hoped for, Snow Bunting. A group of four males were located feeding in the rocky scree easily at this point, a couple now coming into summer plumage. I spent a few hours watching and painting them. The temperture was just under zero and I had to work really fast, though the paint went onto the paper fine, the brushes started to freeze and needed to be warmed in the hands every once in a while.
There was also a nice 2nd calender male Kestrel hunting close by for much of this time, the views through the scope were fantastic and a watercolour was made of this bird too...
A really enjoyable day out and I'm looking forward to using the watercolour box in warmer weather. I will have to sort out a way of transporting good watercolour paper. Thinking of loose sheets, A4 and A3 sheets of MDF and lots of bulldog clips is the way forward. These were done in a Moleskin watercolour pad, which was not to bad, though the paper buckles quickly after a wash of paint. This summer I want to use watercolour in the field as much as possible in order to improve my painting and mixing, capture the light in the field and have a better class of reference material for paintings. No doubt, my kit bag will evolve as I go along.
Anyway, todays watercolour work here, a little muddy in places, which tends to happen to me. Something to work on...
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