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Old Sunday 29th July 2007, 15:27   #26
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Sorry its been some time since I added anything to this thread
people but I've been a little to busy in the studio and working
on a design prodject I'm involved with.

Anyhow , went to Wales on Thurs, Fri of this week on buisness and managed
a little field work while I was away,.

Good omen from the start was on the way up to Carmarthen
around the Cross Hands area I saw
a lovely Red kite pass over the main carrige way . I pulled over as quick as
I could and got some views from the side of the
hard shoulder. Managed a quick drawing while everything was fresh
in my mind. Don't know if it would have gone down well with the Local Plod
though!! if they'd asked what I was doing.

Then went on to Carmarthen to stay with friends managed to
get out to one of their Peregrine nest sites. The young were
still around luckily and I got some good views of a young
tiercel. the only other stuff I got done was of swallows that
were nesting in one of the barns at the property I stayed at
while away.

here they are for you all
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Old Sunday 29th July 2007, 15:31   #27
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Here's the swallows too. Theres also a House Martin and Pied Wag
that made an appearance. Hope you like!
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Old Sunday 29th July 2007, 15:49   #28
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Like? I like very much, Andy. Superb!
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Old Sunday 29th July 2007, 15:50   #29
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More fantastic stuff Andrew. For pencil on paper they sure take on real life feeling. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.
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Old Sunday 29th July 2007, 18:37   #30
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fantastic, I'm particularly fond of the kite, I can feel the wind beneath its wings (gone all Bette Middler) and the big swallow on the first page is simply stunning.
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Old Sunday 29th July 2007, 20:19   #31
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You were in my neck of the woods there Andy. We are lucky to see alot of kites. Its beem a tremendous conservation success.
Especially like your swallows.
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Old Sunday 29th July 2007, 21:43   #32
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Another great set of sketches Andy, am with the others on the red kites, a bird I'm particularly fond of as I live at the heart of Gateshead's reintroduction scheme, and must say you've captured the effortless flow of the wings beautifully.
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Old Monday 30th July 2007, 08:02   #33
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Really great sketches Andy. I got stuck in a traffic jam on the A40 a couple of years ago, I watched 5-6 red kites through the sunroof for about 20 minutes. The very best traffic jam I've ever been in!

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Old Monday 30th July 2007, 14:47   #34
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Great stuff as usual, Andy
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Old Tuesday 31st July 2007, 21:02   #35
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Here's the swallows too. Theres also a House Martin and Pied Wag
that made an appearance. Hope you like!
Hi Andrew,

actually I wanted to let my comments, since your first appearance in Birdforum,
but my very limited time didn't allow me to do it.
I knew your paintings from "Birds in Art", or "Wildlife Art" mag. where I noticed
your ability to represent your subject using unusual angles, movement and perspective, which the most artists avoid because they lack of knowledge and training.
These field sketches proof how great artist you are, show what is hiding behind
your successful work.

Thanks for sharing and I hope you'll post us more!


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Old Tuesday 31st July 2007, 21:11   #36
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Andy

Love your sketches and they are well portrayed!

The detail in them makes the subject look alive. The type of bird you are sketching is very apparant to me.

Love to see more



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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 00:14   #37
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Y'know - these are just ace!
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Old Friday 3rd August 2007, 00:29   #38
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sorry people didnt chedk back on this one till now. shit its late!!!
or should I say early!! no doubt you nite owls will be still
up working on those bottles of plonk!, and workin of course.
I'm knackered so will retire shortly.

I'll say thanks for the wonderful praise and get back to you
on the moro! Get on with Hoopoe Lark tomorow can't wait!
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Old Friday 3rd August 2007, 13:27   #39
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Really strong work, your ability to sketch birds in flight is rather special. Swallows are just great.
Have been viewing you Moussiers Redstarts on the Morroccon thread, terrific stuff, could look at it all day. Look forward the the Hoopoe Lark!
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Old Saturday 4th August 2007, 18:19   #40
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Those flight sketches of the Swallows are brilliant Andy! Not least because of the difficulty in capturing hirundines with a camera or staying on them with binos, cf. to many other species - to my uneducated eye (never tried to draw them), these must be amongst the hardest birds to pin down on the spot flight gizz shapes as you have done - I love the way they are crowded onto the page too - such typical flocking!
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Old Monday 6th August 2007, 10:44   #41
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wow thanks every one! I'm touched by your coments.

The swallows were a challenge but they made it easier as they were
milling around within I would say within 50yrds all of the time.
fliting in out of the barn doors, the ones with young anyway.
Hirundines and the Apus family are one of my fav's

and Debs yes I've tried to photograph them many times
with usually poor results! so trying to sketch them is easier
in some way's. But this is after lots and lots and lots of trying
over the years.

I still find smaller birds a challenge as they move around so much
and small fast flying birds a nightmare! I have used lots of my poor!!!
photo's to help me hone my understanding of there flight
patterns and shapes. it comes down to retaining that
snapshot of a shape in your mind and being able
to transfer that to paper. Sorry if that sounds like an over
simplification of the proccess but thats the easiest way to
explaine what I do.
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Old Thursday 30th August 2007, 21:33   #42
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Will try and reserect this thread a little soon with some more
field work but for now here's a painting of a Lilac breasted Roller.
one of my fav African species.This ones trying to catch escaping beatles
from a grass fire. I entered this into the Birds in Art
show this year. Alas didn't get through.

Hope You like and any crits are welcome.
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What an action-filled painting, out of the frying pan into the fire for the beetles! Great stuff.
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WoW eee! Andrew ... can honestly say have never seen a composition that mixes fire and birds! (well a logo of a Phoenix maybe ). Critique? Well you can keep ya Steve McQueen and The Towering Inferno any day. Far better than Speilberg, superb action and expertly composed story line. (The stunt man takes the accolade though )
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Dynamic, vibrant, colourful and thoroughly stupendous, Andrew. The focus and low-level composition add hugely to the drama of the piece and the action and narrative are, as Deborah alludes, of cinemategraphic quality.
It's a beauty!
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Thanx very much . I hav'nt had a great deal of feedback about this
piece so I think I'll put it on the Gallery page and see what comes back.
I think my paintings fall into the trap sometimes of being too commertial
pandering to markets etc but I am determind to move my work into
other areas and push the subject matter a bit.

Heres another of my pieces . Peregrine and Horned puffins, Aleutian islands.
this will be in a book on the subspecies of the peregrine found
world wide illustrated by myself. Its been a labour of love and
will take a number of years to finish i think.

This Is a piece of mine thats in print and one that got accepted to
Birds in Art few years back.
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Thanx very much . I hav'nt had a great deal of feedback about this
piece so I think I'll put it on the Gallery page and see what comes back.
I wouldn't worry about lack of feedback- sometimes silence is the sound of dumbfounded admiration! As for the aleutian Peregrine- fantastico. This would be one where blurring wingtips definitely has worked.
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The angle this is at really adds to the surprise of the peregrine appearing, and the sense of panic is really summed up well. Agree with Ed that some pictures just leave the viewer speechless.
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