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Old Sunday 1st April 2007, 00:08   #76
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It feels I am under the table now Arthur, maybe time to go to bed and see what it looks like when I wake up. Here's how it's looking now.

Going out birding tomorrow afternoon, hopefully Monday I'll be painting Black Woodpecker and Crag Martin.
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Old Sunday 1st April 2007, 10:39   #77
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apologies to anyone that liked how it looked before, it was becoming more of a headache than my (reasonably mild considering) hangover.

Big brush, big mess, splash splash splash. It was starting to go into the realm of Michael Warren in his shoreline days (fantastic pictures), which wasn't the direction I wanted for this picture, I want something a bit more blurred around the edges.
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I love the effect of being drawn up the tunnel and when you darken the shade the the reflection and light on the water will be stunning. luck with your sketching too.
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I almost left a post last night, but I thought the combination of me just returning from a FREE seafood buffet and copious quantities of alcohol, combined with the state you were clearly getting yourself in, would have made for a less-than lucid correspondence. So I left it til now - I like the way it's going, although I was sorry to see the detail disappear, but I know you'll bring something fresh to the piece.
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Old Sunday 1st April 2007, 11:06   #80
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This is how it's coming along, I just couldn't handle the detail today, so got rid of it for the moment. The picture needed to be brought all together before I could find somewhere to put the detail in. It'll come back though!

It looks like the tunnel vision that I wanted in the first draft has disappeared though, maybe it'll come back, otherwise, when I saw this rail, it wasn't happily sitting in the background, it was still on the run, just pausing to glance back over its shoulder. Hence why the bird is now bigger and more obvious.

Seafood buffets and alcohol are never good conversation partners, you did the right thing Tim!

Arthur, it looks like I will have good luck for sketching this PM, the French weather forecast of rain looks like a lie, the sun is out, it's lovely, seriously, they should content themselves on reporting the weather from yesterday rather than predict the weather for the next day. Fingers crossed for a crag martin or two! (would be a lifer!)
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Old Sunday 1st April 2007, 13:00   #81
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GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

This is going to become an acrylic later I believe, that, or landfill!
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Old Sunday 1st April 2007, 13:43   #82
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Leaving it alone now. Maybe I'll go sketching and when I come home, I'll finish it.
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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2007, 11:13   #83
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Well, I persevered when I got back and now the picture is finished. Another one of those where I really like the idea but I just painted too much. It's not just a watercolour, gouache, acrylicand pencil crayon, but I did the eye in felt-tip pen as I couldn't be bothered getting the paints back out!

Feel it's time for something new, maybe the backlit redshank in a sun drenched field. mmmm
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It isn't what I was expecting - but I still like it. You've given the reed leaves a lovely, papery, crinkly feel - perfect and i like the little rail character, giving you the beady. Backlit redshank sounds perfect - beautiful spring day up here and the twooeee from the redshanks on the beach is drifting up and into the studio - lovely.
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I like it , you got rid of the tunnel.It looks as if its having a quick look and then off.
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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2007, 18:45   #86
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I've got to say, it wasn't what I was expecting either. I'd love to say I don't like it, but I can't, it's just not what I was planning, though now I've done this one, I may come back to it in the future and do a different, looser version. Redshank is definitely calling though, must think of a composition, will post the sketches soon. So much to do otherwise, got to prepare a test for my pupils for Thursday. Their English is improving even if they still pronounce breakfast, breast-f**k. The trouble with 8 year olds!
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There's a spring feeling in the air, and there's a redshank in my sketchbook. About time, waders being my favourite group of birds means that living near Switzerland is perhaps not the best idea. Anyway, here is my first redshank for this region, distant and blurry, in a puddle in the middle of a field.
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A lovely image, the peaceful side of the Redshank
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Perfect Nick - simply beautiful. The splashes of light under the bird are spot on. This would work superbly as a small heavy-bodied acrylic or even an oil (it's not bad as a watercolour, mind! ) - So get a quick one done before the kids' test, why don't ya?!!!
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Wonderful little watercolour Nick, really like that a lot...
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Thanks for the comments. I really miss these birds. Hoping to get some painting done tonight, and some sketching tomorrow. I feel hopeful for wryneck and Bonelli's warbler, two species that are found in our local cliffs, woods and gardens within walking distance from home, also two species I've never seen! Fingers crossed.
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Another excellent painting Nick.

Elmley is teeming with redshank at the moment, all of them doing the thing birds do at this time of year! I took my daughter out with me on friday and didn't know where to look. I needn't have worried though; she told me they were just making baby redshank!

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Good to get the young ones interested, even if nature can be a bit x rated at times! All the pigeons are at it in the square by my apartment, it's almost romantic with all the french going 'ah, les amoureux!'

Getting back into insomniac mode, sparrowhawks are on the menu tonight!
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Mmm, quick painting with bold strokes and not too much attention to detail. Craning my neck to get a sketch of this sparrowhawk whilst freezing my ******** off, one second and then it was off. I think I've got a bit of that memory in this picture. Now, bedtime, or my plan of an early morning walk will either be forgotten or seriously regretted
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I love the light ing in this one Nick.
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The sprawk is a beauty, Nick - full of brooding menace (to which the choice of palette adds considrably). Could be a Daphne DuMaurier novel dustjacket design - captivating!
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Bit of an update now, so bear with me! Lots been going on this week, even if it seems to all members that I've spent most of my time drunk or hungover! First, we have a sparrowhawk in flight. I'm not entirely convinced by this one, so it may reappear with a bit more done to it/taken away from it.

Then we have a work in progress, the little grebe from my sketches a few weeks back is now covered in paint and wax crayons and is going in the right direction at the moment.

Thirdly we have a pair of great spots, done rapidly with watercolour and wax crayon, going for an abstract mood, don't look too closely at the wings as they seem more broken than abstract - must try harder next time!!!
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....a sketching trip on Sunday morning, up to the hill fort at Chaudanne, hoping for wryneck and bonelli's - wrong place for the first, too early still for the other. Good numbers of chiffchaffs singing, also a few blackcaps and the first willow warblers. A pair of redstarts were present, though the male was only glimpsed briefly, leaving me to sketch the female, never mind, a good lesson in id seeing as there were a few black redstarts about too. Also in the sketches, a blackbird that held this position for a minute! A heron, because that might sell well in a gallery (yes, even artists are sometimes shallow!), and a short-toed treecreeper because I saw the short toe!!! Positively identifying it as such, rather than being suspected as most likely candidate in this area.
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And if you'res till following, well done! Here are a few pics of where I actually see these birds, it's nice to see the location. Bienvenue à Besançon!
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Right - where do I start.
Immediately in love with the overhead sprawk - my neck's aching with the angle of view - just perfect and the cloud design is wonderfully observed and rendered (my overall favourite, excellent!). The other two colour pieces are certainly going the right way, little grebe will be a definite seller.
The sketches are tremendous, and I know what you mean about the 'static blackbird' - just occasionally when they sit in the sun, they seem to fall into some kind of reverie - nicely captured.
Lovely to see your 'habitat' Nick - looks a wonderfully cultured and stimulating place to be (I could certainly do without redshanks for a month or two in favour of what you have there).
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