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Old Friday 18th October 2013, 14:53   #51
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Seems like the season of sparrows. Here are two watercolor sketches of non-breeding Chipping Sparrows. I did the one on the left after I realized the one on the right made the bird into far more of a bulked-up bruiser than it really is. In fact I should probably do a third even slimmer one..............
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beautiful, love the first ...
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Old Wednesday 30th October 2013, 21:29   #53
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Im glad to see you keeping the art section of BF going Ken. I like them both but having a quick google the slimmer is possibly more accurate but I like the background of the right
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Thanks Paul, Gaby,

Just back from some birding at Cape May, NJ where I got far fewer sketches than I'd like. But my second day back and I and my wife Jerene found this handsome juvenile Osprey just a mile away. They seem to be somewhat regular here during the month of November, though this one was sitting absolutely quietly and we were lucky that we happened to notice him.

My past field sketches of them haven't been that good so today I took four quick photos before he flew. This is a ballpoint pen sketch from one of the photos with a little water color added.

Soon I hope to be back to more abstract work, and most likely prints of some sort.
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Old Tuesday 12th November 2013, 18:25   #55
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Back to printing finally. This is a two-block, reduction woodcut. Most of the background is done on one block, then the second block is printed on top, in black then orange.

These are two Piping Plover seen at Cape May, NJ a few years ago.

It's in an edition of 12 printed with Daniel Smith water soluble inks on Rives Lightweight paper. Total print is 7x9 inches.

Sadly the photos have made the print look a bit cruder than it is.
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Old Friday 15th November 2013, 00:18   #56
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Now that would look smart on a T shirt
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Old Sunday 17th November 2013, 12:25   #57
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more lovely work Ken
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2013, 15:26   #58
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Thanks Arthur, Paul.

Here's something surprisingly realistic for me, the result of spending three hours yesterday with a bird that should be 2000 miles away in Texas, a young Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. 9x12 inch watercolor.
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Not exactly a Christmas card but instead a Christmas Bird Count sketch, based on photos and field sketches from 8 hours of a Christmas Bird Count in the Philadelphia area yesterday.

On left page a Golden-crowned Kinglet with Great Blue Heron in background; Common Mergansers at bottom. On right page, Herring Gull with newly caught fish and another Great Blue Heron with Mallards.
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Again great work Ken have a great Christmas sir
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Thanks Paul, Gaby, and a Merry Christmas to you and all.
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Great Sketches......Happy We made It to the Solstice once again!
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Great Sketches......Happy We made It to the Solstice once again!
Congrats
Thanks Manuel,

I have some friends who always send out a Winter Solstice card, if they don't actually have a party. When you think about it it's certainly something to celebrate. As you say we've made it to the shortest day of the winter and things can only get better from here.

A local radio station announcer always notes the amount of daylight hours. The announcer who notes that is always much happier once we start our upward trek to the summer solstice.
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I really enjoyed catching up with your thread, splendid works of art, both the realistic and the lino prints!
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Some newer work both realistic and abstract:

1.Northern Shoveler, multiple woodblocks
2.Wilson's Snipe and Lesser Yellowegs, acrylic
3.Eastern Towhee, acrylic
4.Red-eyed Vireo on Nest, multiple woodblocks
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the two last pictures

especially the last
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Fab, love the shoveler woodblock print especially.
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Fab, love the shoveler woodblock print especially.
Thanks Gaby and Sharon. I'm particularly happy you like the shoveler Sharon. I realized that for many it may just look like a throwaway print. But I do like it and spent a surprising amount of time on the tiny, little thing - about 2x3 inches. All in all I'd like to see my work go in this direction, thus the title of my thread.

But I keep being drawn back to more realistic work, as in the Snipe.
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First thing I've been pleased with in quite a while, even though it's just a quick watercolor sketch. A Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe and two Bufflehead all seen today in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
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First thing I've been pleased with in quite a while, even though it's just a quick watercolor sketch. A Common Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe and two Bufflehead all seen today in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
Great pied-billed grebe

I do like it when an unusual shape/pose stays strong and doesn't get normalised into something more familiar, classic as it gets drawn and painted
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Great pied-billed grebe

I do like it when an unusual shape/pose stays strong and doesn't get normalised into something more familiar, classic as it gets drawn and painted

Thanks Ed. Most of the waterfowl are starting to make their way north so the next subjects will soon be my warbler favorites, though they don't seem to pose as well as the grebes and such.
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Well I feel like I'm finally living up to the title of my thread - the abstract bird.

This is a multi-block woodcut of two Common Mergansers, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a much more unexpected Red-necked Grebe all seen on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia this winter.
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Well I feel like I'm finally living up to the title of my thread - the abstract bird.

This is a multi-block woodcut of two Common Mergansers, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a much more unexpected Red-necked Grebe all seen on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia this winter.
much enjoyed the blog series on this one and your unwavering determination to keep it abstract- no way I could have resisted a lush and literal sploosh of salmon pink on the flank of the rear merg
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much enjoyed the blog series on this one and your unwavering determination to keep it abstract- no way I could have resisted a lush and literal sploosh of salmon pink on the flank of the rear merg

Thanks Ed. I'm happy I stuck to my guns on this one and kept it fairly abstract.

One thing with prints as opposed to painting is that it's always much harder to just add a splash of color unless you plan it from the start. So if I wanted to change anything now I'd have to cut a new woodblock and then hope and pray that I got it registered correctly on each of the prints that's already been printed. I did that on some recent prints and always wondered if I wouldn't have been better off to just leave things as they were.

I have to say I've enjoyed this though. Hopefully I'll be working more like this for awhile.
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