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Old Thursday 10th November 2011, 18:41   #3651
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Old Tuesday 15th November 2011, 03:15   #3652
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One major criticism Nick!

You are not ME! (And I am not Nick Derry!)

And I wish I could have done a string of beauties like these!

Off the scale in many multi-media ways! Eclectic in explosive and warm ways.

Life pumps out of them. Not over-worked. Each, a suggestion of reality and experience. Just enough to vibrate the frequencies needed. Very special.

When I strive for complication, I learn from you, that suggestion and simplicity is the key.

It is "the leaving out of over-working" that is your strength. And that comes fron a "sketch-mind." Aspirational!

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Old Friday 2nd March 2012, 16:38   #3653
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Clear the table!

After several months absence from the thread, the dining room table has been well and truly cleared away. Some of you may already know, but the dining room table belonged to Sébastien and we decided to call it a day with our relationship in November. Apologies for not being very present here during that time, normally in difficult situations I throw myself into painting, but I just didn't feel any real inspiration to pick up the brushes - I managed to get plenty of birding done though! Being single certainly has that advantage! I just wanted to share some of the last few works to come from the 'table', before it becomes part of the past.

We had a lingering red-throated diver at Osselle at the end of the year, I couldn't resist capturing the moment as its path from one pool to another coincided with a flock of rooks going to roost, the bullfinch is from last spring in the upland forests, we have a misty buzzard and one of two rock buntings that were present on my patch for me and me alone - as nobody else managed to find them, I found them three days apart (early bird and all that!)
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Old Friday 2nd March 2012, 16:47   #3654
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and a few more - so as the table is cleared, where do we go now? Well, a new thread will be born, (probably tomorrow as the light's gone for today!) I've been living in my little bachelor pad for a month now, it's rather good, a nice studio for painting with a kitchenette in one corner and a bed in the other - what I've always dreamed of really. There are trees outside my window and already I've got Short-toed treecreepers, greenfinches, tits and chaffinches outside, and a few days ago a few red kites drifted over.

And so to end, a great grey shrike (no longer my biggest bogey bird - I've had the privilege of Captain Excubitor's company three times this winter), a few trips to the top of Franche-Comté (1400m) in November's unreasonably mild weather gave me my lifer Alpine Accentors on the third trip, along with a Snow Bunting for good measure (there is still a painting to do of the Pygmy Owl I got on trip two - where Zippy broke down), and the last painting to come from the dining room table, the Pallid Harrier that had been seen one day and that I went looking for two days later, surprisingly, I saw it - and very nice it was too!

So, thank you for dining with me, clear your plates and good guests do the washing up after! See you "Chez moi" for the next chapter.........
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so sorry Nick, this time of transition can be so hard, even if it is for the best most times, all that energy going into a relationship, wondering what the heck it was all about. Smart Boy you just picked up your brush again, and Kazam! brilliant work, even more sure and solid than before. Great maturity here and your usual dazzle, but something new, a sureness of line and the compositions fresh exciting, out of the box but seemingly effortlessly balanced Bravo. Sad to leave the table, but since you are offering a new venue to bask in your amazing art, I'm willing to get up, just throw my dishes out, less stuff to move that way
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Old Friday 2nd March 2012, 20:51   #3656
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Old Friday 2nd March 2012, 22:57   #3657
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so sorry Nick, this time of transition can be so hard, even if it is for the best most times, all that energy going into a relationship, wondering what the heck it was all about. Smart Boy you just picked up your brush again, and Kazam! brilliant work, even more sure and solid than before. Great maturity here and your usual dazzle, but something new, a sureness of line and the compositions fresh exciting, out of the box but seemingly effortlessly balanced Bravo. Sad to leave the table, but since you are offering a new venue to bask in your amazing art, I'm willing to get up, just throw my dishes out, less stuff to move that way
Hey Nick! Nice to see such imaginative work again. I have to agree with most of what Colleen's written both on a personal and artistic level. Seeing these is like the early arrival of spring - something you don't know how much you missed until you experience it.

As usual you show how a special sighting can then be transformed into an equally special painting with the use of artistic imagination and skill. I'm partial to the very first one but each one offers something striking.

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Can only agree with the above.
You've certainly brightened this winter up now .good to see you back mate and looking forward to just sitting back and admiring your talents
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10:17   #3659
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Hello Nick,
I spent most of last night and this morning looking through your thread, and I am left with an artistic hangover. I am a bit worried that I might have to re-think my approach to the field of bird art! I do know one thing: While I consider my own attempts so far to be illustration work, yours are definately works of art - even your field sketches. You are like a mix of Lars Jonsson and Matisse, and I'm allready a big fan! I'm looking forward to a lot of inspiration, and one day I think I'll have a Derry! on my wall.
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10:48   #3660
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you are back- how marvellous!

and undimmed

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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 18:04   #3661
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Hi Nick
A welcome return - good to see you posting again. Here's to your new home 'in here' and 'out there'. I echo Phil Baber's words and hope that in time you'll find the space and energy to enjoy creating once again...
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 18:07   #3662
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After going through this thread, I feel honoured to be complimented by you. I just love your wryneck painting!
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2012, 18:29   #3663
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well you certainly haven't lost your talent... welcome back....mark.
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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 13:30   #3664
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New beginings Nick, this thread has been nothing short of inspirational, what a way to finish it...

The cool toned, wing stretching Snow Bunt is quite wonderful, whilst the Rooks and Red-throated Diver are pure Derry, who else could put these two species together. The second Accentor piece is brilliant....

Look forward to the new thread and nice to hear your out birding and enjoying that side of life, its a real solace in hard times....
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Welcome back Nick and inspiring work as always! I've been absent from the forum for a long time as well but am recuperating from knee surgery on Friday so have lots of time in the recliner to get back here and peruse the outstanding work. Yours is always particularly excellent and inspirational!
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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 19:14   #3666
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Welcome back, Nick!
I, along with many others, thought you'd left BF to form some 'professionals only' blog or something with Mr. Wooton!
Tut, tut - I can be soooo cynical!
From this point on I'll be visiting your new thread. Just gotta say that the RTD and GGS are simply phenominal. I'm feeling newly inspired already!

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hi Nick..great that you are back

and the painings are different from before ..more intense
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I always was a terrible house-guest. It's taken me all this time to get off the couch and clear away my plate - and what a feast has been served. These final pieces have all the dynamism and eloquent craft which has become your signature but there's also a very distinct maturity and, in some, a quite brooding and dramatic undertone - bravo. I think this is the next stage for your development as the complete artist - the new phase in your life, and work, look sure to be the springboard to superstardom and not a moment too soon.
So - I'll put my plate unwashed on the side and, like the very finest of fare, will reflect on tastes sumptuous and delicious impossible to describe. Wonderful . . . . .
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