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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 13:38   #51
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Wonderfully juicy chat piece, Andrew - utterly fabulous! I presume this goes straight onto the gallery wall?
Well yes it should Tim but I'm trying to build a body of work from
the Morrocco trip so we will see.

I'm going to suggest to my manager about the possibilty having the Gallery that represent me have a show from just purely field work.


It would Feature you guy's In London.I'm not promising anything but wouldnt
that be great! some of the wonderful stuff we see here up on the
wall all together. I'm probably getting too carried away but it might
be possible.

These drawings that we do in the field are so much more than just
referance . And I feel they should be shown.I don't know what they are going to say?? some real talent here I'd like to see more people showing their
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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 13:50   #52
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Totally blown away by your fieldwork Andy.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing more fieldwork from Morrocco or anywhere else for that matter!

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My sentiments entirely

Lovely artwork.

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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 21:47   #53
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Andy those Moussier's are class!

I'm just blown away by the increasing plethora of artistic talent on this forum - it's all so inspiring - I used to have a massive collection of Art books ranging from Renaissance to Post-Impressionist (my fav.) to Cubism and Post mod. I'd spend hours just browsing through them enjoying the colour plates. I gave the lot to charity when I stopped painting/drawing. (don't go there! ) Now, all i need to do is browse through BF portfolios and see work such as yours and it does the same for me!
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I collect bird art books, such as those by Tunnicliffe, Jonsson, et al and I regularly browse these for inspiration. When you do art yourself, you can also look at the pictures and go 'ah, so that's how it is done!'
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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 23:48   #55
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Andy those Moussier's are class!

I'm just blown away by the increasing plethora of artistic talent on this forum - it's all so inspiring - I used to have a massive collection of Art books ranging from Renaissance to Post-Impressionist (my fav.) to Cubism and Post mod. I'd spend hours just browsing through them enjoying the colour plates. I gave the lot to charity when I stopped painting/drawing. (don't go there! ) Now, all i need to do is browse through BF portfolios and see work such as yours and it does the same for me!
Deborah, thanks for the complements they are appreciated. I to am
into other types of art I don't pretend to have a deep
understanding of it and alot of modern art is complete tosh
as far as I'm concerned but I like a variety of styles and
movements. For example I love the work of Robert Heindel.
He's a painter that blows me away.
Mitch Griffis is another young portraite painter that is
fantastic.
one of the mags I like to look through is international Artist mag.

One regret I have at college was that I didnt pay much attention in
Art History class . But to be honest the teacher was'nt
much cop anyway so I think that didnt help.

But one thing that you said is on this forum there's alot to admire
and learn from its done alot for my drive at the mo.
just would like to see more
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Old Friday 3rd August 2007, 23:06   #56
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Your Redstart piece leaves me speechless, absolutely marvellous.
Wing blurring I find very difficult to carry off successfully, but you can obviously do it well, so use it where appropriate, it adds to the overall success of this composition of poses.
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Thankyou people for your kind coments and thoughts on my
work. I thought I better post the Hoopoe Lark sketches
for you to see. Hoopoe larks were something we saw quite
alot of whilst out in the desert areas around Missour.

mostly the Males doing his song flights from perched
positions.

not the most colourful bird but thats to be expected in
such an arid environment. But then it opens it wings
and flies! wow! very striking bird.

Did some reading up on this little fellow and the Twareg people
call this bird "The one that looses children" becuase of its
habit of drawing would be predators away by running along
the ground in front of them.
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Here's some more, the last is ideas for final paintings possibly.
let me know which studies jump out at you.

I like the bird on the wing in the bottom left of the last
drawings, that would make a good painting cos of the
stricking black and white of the wings possibly with him
coming off the top of a bush with desert backdrop.

or the other idea is becuase of the twareg story to do with
this birds habit of leading people away . they do sure
run on the ground alot.
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Great sketches - I think you are right, they are much more striking when in the air - with that lovely desert landscape below.
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That's it! I'm saving for a Morocco trip now!
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That's it! I'm saving for a Morocco trip now!
Well Nick I'll be right there with you. I'm wanting to get back out there
again to get some more material as its a pretty inspiring place.

I have a thing about desert landscapes I think. Probably cos of the
complete contrast of where I live.
glad you liked the Hoopoe Lark sketches. Probably end up doing
both versions in the end or maybe a composit again like the
Moussiers Redstart.
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Here's a little study from one of the Hoopoe Lark sketches.

it was a bit of an experiment really as I did it on canvas panel.
Not that happy with it, but thought i'd post it anyway!


canvas is a tough thing to paint on for me cos I'm not
that delicate when puting the underpainting in so I usually
end up denting it so this is why I wanted to try
a canvas panel. Its got too much tooth for my liking. I might
try, maybe stretching belgium linen canvas over a board and see
how I get on with that.

If that does'nt work I'll stick to good old mdf primed and sanded.
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Here's a little study from one of the Hoopoe Lark sketches.

it was a bit of an experiment really as I did it on canvas panel.
Not that happy with it, but thought i'd post it anyway!
Hi Andrew

For an experiment - it is a good painting.

I would be happy and proud if it was me that painted that - lovely work!!

As you say, there is room for improvement and practice/trying different materials - is the way forward here.

Personally, I would say that you are very accurate so far there.

Well done




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excellent light and tone, thoroughly agree that canvas is a difficult support to paint on for detailed results.
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If I could get results half as good as that on canvas I'd be a very happy man! I'll second Nick's comment too, canvas somehow doesnt seen to suit detail. I keep trying though, and you definately should!

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Fantastic Sketches of a great bird. Spent a week around Agadir ten years ago and spent most of my time hiking around the atlas mountains. Can only second your opinion on the place, incredible birding in mind blowing scenery. a lot of highlights, particularily remember Mousiers Redstarts, my first Black Shouldered Kite, Wheatears of many species...al great birds, Audoins Gulls and fantastic waders and flamingoes amongst others! Would return in a heartbeat, October or April there must be rather special....
Look forward to the painting.
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Andrew, your work is breathtaking.

That is all.
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If I could get results half as good as that on canvas I'd be a very happy man!
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Erm - what he said.
your knowledge of your subject and technical brilliance marry together in a thrilling way, Andrew - wonderful sense of depth and lovely rich, earthy tones. Just ace!
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Would return in a heartbeat, October or April there must be rather special....
Look forward to the painting.[/quote]

There's an idea, a Wildlife Art Forum trip to Morrocco for a week sketching and painting at some stage in the future...

Just a thought...
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What ever stage we are at we are never happy! I echo the others and think it is brilliant.
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There's an idea, a Wildlife Art Forum trip to Morrocco for a week sketching and painting at some stage in the future...

Just a thought...
And a pretty damned good one at that.

What a superb painting, makes me envious...
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This is the first time i've looked at this Thread and i'm hooked!

The Redstarts are incredible and can I just thank you!?!
I now know how to draw wings that are not sharp!

A real Inspiration

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thanks Zac. I hope to up date it as soon as pos . I'm trying to finish some
pieces that are relevent to the thread. I hoped other people might put any
material they have produced from the region on to might make it a bit
more interesting.

with regard to the wings thing, I'm glad its helped. I remember doing my birds
with every detail put in on the wings and became more and more
disatisfied with the results. It can, if over done! look too wooden and make the
bird feel like its just hanging there. Of course its not always the case so you have
to feel your way through it a bit.
I remember being at your age and marveling at the likes of Robert Bateman
etc and trying to work out how they perfect certain aspects of there work.
you get so focused on certain things you like about a particular Artists work
that you don't notice your own style developing.
Just keep at it Zac and one day we will all be marveling at your style
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Here's another little offering to try and keep this thread from dying
whilst I work on the new paintings from morroco.
this was done a while back.

Male Barbary Falcon with Creasted Lark.
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