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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 16:58   #26
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Anyway - a bit less of posting avatar quizzes - and a bit more of the posting of watercolours, please - I read your thread for inspiration not headaches!!!!!
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 18:11   #27
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OK, I'll put you all out of your misery by saying that it is 1) a female, and 2) from Fuerteventura. That should help enough. :-) Hopefully I'll get the paints out tonight to work up some old pictures so I'll be posting my progress. Does that cure your headache Tim? I call mine hangovers!
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 18:21   #28
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Last try before I try to get some work done - female black-eared wheatear?
I'm only just starting to get to work on tomorrow's hangover - I love FRIDAY night!
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 18:31   #29
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Fuerteventura Stonechat then!

Look forward to the next watercolur.

Ps. left comment on your Garganeys and Teasel, super piece of work!
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 18:41   #30
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We have a winner! Fuerteventura Stonechat.
Off to do the washing up now, then I should have time tomorrow morning to go birding with my new A3 sketchbook (they hadn't got smaller) so I'm going to look more of a tit than usual as I'm poking my binoculars into bushes and trees being stared at by the French. Going to climb up to a vantage point on a surrounding hill, hoping for some vis mig, well, hoping for a passing black stork really, but we'll see what flies by, chaffinches anyone?
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 19:25   #31
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Ok, to work now. 1) Turn the music up loud, 2) Get some cheap french wine into the artist (classy) 3) Open the surgery to two paintings that need a bit of a lift. Here we have a little ringed plover from 2003 in Gran Canaria, and a little egret from 2004 in Aberystwyth. Vaguely pretty pictures, but ones that have little nagging things about them that need sorted out, so tonight they're getting what's coming to them.
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 19:50   #32
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Great thread! I really like the egret painting. Great composition and depth!
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 20:07   #33
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thanks Peter, hope you didn't like it that much, it's wallowing under a few layers of white paint at the moment! I haven't been happy with it for 3 years, it needs a good slap now!
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 21:21   #34
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progress report, feeling slightly lost with them now, but carrying on stubbornly.
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Old Friday 16th March 2007, 22:17   #35
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I think the change of colour to russet for the little central rock doeas a lot for the egret and the addition of more strewn weed around the scene compliments the warmer tones - the lrp is really glowing now (almost illuminated from within - remarkable) - only thing is - I liked both paintings before, too. I do think you have added to their interest by the changes you have made (and only you can see and evaluate the textural qualities which, no doubt, you have introduced) - I suppose the question now is 'when to stop'. Lovely work, Nick.
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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 00:52   #36
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Very tired now and am supposed to be getting up in 5 hours to go birding. Finished at last, here they are.
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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 03:12   #37
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aaahhh.... I see. It looks great. The addition of extra vegetation adds to the depth. Nice touch. The rocks look better too!
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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 10:48   #38
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two lovely paintings esp. the Egret
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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 12:19   #39
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Thumbs up

Just a quick visit to introduce myself- i am a painter and I love your work I shall pop in again. Got a bit of a Welsh connection going here.

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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 12:59   #40
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Two extremely successful re-workings here Nick - the Lrp in particular has attained a dreamy quality, such subtlety of light and form. It really has an ethereal feel to the piece - a triumph!
The egret piece looks as though you have thrown a sheet of tranquility over the scene, where it transluscently clings.
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Old Saturday 17th March 2007, 21:02   #41
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I'm glad that people are happy with the 'remixes' of the last two paintings, it was quite nervewracking doing them, as they were pictures that I liked. But now I like them a lot more.

After staying up painting and drinking till 2am, I was surprised that I managed to wake up at 7am. No hangover too!

I went for a walk up the hill on the edge of town, next to the river, reasonable woodland, a hill top fort and a dry scrubby grassland area. Here are the highlights from the sketchbook: (paint added at home - painting not practical when there's nowhere to sit)

A Middle Spotted Woodpecker and a Robin (all my robins at the moment suffer from pinhead syndrome, can't get them right try as I might)

A Red Squirrel, I took the opportunity to have a good look at this individual, as all previous attempts to draw mammals have ended up looking like fraggles.

A firecrest, oh how I love them, even if they won't keep still.

A little grebe and a kingfisher. These are two different sketches, not a composition involving the two. The grebe will be worked up into a larger painting.
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These are great Nick. Really strong set of sketches....Love the grebe in particular, Robin sketch is lovely too, spot on..
Looks like a productive day out!

The Egret painting is superb, love the blue tones. LRP is top notch too, really great stuff, well done...

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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 14:44   #43
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That kingfisher is a real stonker! The others are terrific too but the KF is outstanding. My hat's off to you!

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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 17:10   #44
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WOW!! Those are beautiful sketches! Looks like you had a great day...
My favorite is the first one, although they are all great. You really capture the attitude of the birds!
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Old Monday 19th March 2007, 18:34   #45
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Thanks for the comments, it was a productive day, consdiering it was just a walk on the edge of town. Let's just see if turning the sketches into paintings is just as productive!
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Beautiful series of field drawings, Nick - I'm amazed at both your output and your consistently high standard of work - tremendous.
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ah, output is a lot at the moment, when I'm having a good period I just bang out painting after painting,as for consistent high quality, I haven't posted the pics of the robin painting that is (unless I calm down) going in the bin or on a bonfire!
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ah, output is a lot at the moment, when I'm having a good period I just bang out painting after painting,as for consistent high quality, I haven't posted the pics of the robin painting that is (unless I calm down) going in the bin or on a bonfire!
Heh! Heh! I getcha completely! I bet my bin's fuller than yours!...

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I feel your pain. I've got paintings that have two or three paintings under them... hahaha... here is an example of one of them (if I uploaded it correctly). I've had this painting for about a year and I am not happy with it. It may be the fourth to disappear on this board!
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