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Old Friday 31st August 2007, 13:09   #51
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your last tow posts - the Roller and the Peregrine and mindbogglingly good (if that's a word!) the element of suprie from the peregrine is superb and I like how you've made the wing tips blurred to suggest the shear speed of the bird. With the Roller there really is everything in this picture! I like the lighting of the bird and the view through the flames...awesome!
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Old Friday 31st August 2007, 13:27   #52
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Really amazing work!
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Old Friday 31st August 2007, 18:29   #53
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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
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A little anecdote for you Andy:

I went to Le Cahier exhibition several years ago at the RA - this was an exhibition of Picasso's Sketchpads - mostly from his Cubist period. It was packed and people were whispering, umming and awing as we followed round the ropes in close pursuit of the visitor in front. I was behind a couple of rather 'well to do' American ladies throughout (it was hard to fall out of line!) - sooooo, they were umming and awing saying nothing in particular, until right at the end when we arrived at a glass exibit case with a few sketches depicting bull fights from early in his artistic career - then in Yanky inimitable style, one lady turned to her friend and in a loud voice across the referential hush of the darkened room:

''Yo kian finahlly saiy his Spianish in...flu..ences cumin throw hiere, Eunice'' ....''

Needless to say, a rapid pint before getting on the tube back to Victoria beckoned with alarming alacrity!

The 'mass market' feels comfortable with what it can 'recognise' - your painting style is realistic but your extremely powerful compositions, IMO, pushes every boundary of 'realistic' perspectives - it has to be a winning combination for any observer - rather like Tim's cliff top paintings gives me vertigo, I'm in the sea here struggling to swim with the last painting!
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Well said Deborah.

I particularly love that Peregrine print - the swelling waves and the headland just visible beyond.

Also, the Redstart composite was an absolute wonder - it stirred me to start a similar styled composite on a local shepherd and his sheep.

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A little anecdote for you Andy:

I went to Le Cahier exhibition several years ago at the RA - this was an exhibition of Picasso's Sketchpads - mostly from his Cubist period. It was packed and people were whispering, umming and awing as we followed round the ropes in close pursuit of the visitor in front. I was behind a couple of rather 'well to do' American ladies throughout (it was hard to fall out of line!) - sooooo, they were umming and awing saying nothing in particular, until right at the end when we arrived at a glass exibit case with a few sketches depicting bull fights from early in his artistic career - then in Yanky inimitable style, one lady turned to her friend and in a loud voice across the referential hush of the darkened room:

''Yo kian finahlly saiy his Spianish in...flu..ences cumin throw hiere, Eunice'' ....''

Needless to say, a rapid pint before getting on the tube back to Victoria beckoned with alarming alacrity!

The 'mass market' feels comfortable with what it can 'recognise' - your painting style is realistic but your extremely powerful compositions, IMO, pushes every boundary of 'realistic' perspectives - it has to be a winning combination for any observer - rather like Tim's cliff top paintings gives me vertigo, I'm in the sea here struggling to swim with the last painting!
Deb, Thanks for insightful comment and praise.
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That last painting really has the 'WOW' factor. I love the low angle and the blurred wings work perfectly. Love seeing your work.
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Old Saturday 1st September 2007, 11:49   #57
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Beautiful work Andy. The roller pic tells a graet story and your handling of the flames and the action is masterful.

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Old Thursday 6th September 2007, 11:42   #58
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Right! inspired by the wonderful stuff that has been fraight training it
onto this forum I , (although being seemingly glued to the studio
at the mo) thought I'd put some sketches on here. There's a real
mixture here so sorry about that first lot is from the
garden . Inspired by woody's sketches of House sparrows a while
back . I thought I would take closer look at Passer Domesticus.
really a bird that is neglected and full of charm.
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Plenty of life and character here, maybe I too should get out and draw some sparrows.
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Outstanding drawings Andrew and as Nick points out - great character - spot on. The peripheral detail is lovely too - all round top stuff - well done!
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More from garden today. these and the sparrows were all sketched
from the garden using bino's only and the naked eye. I've
lent my scope to a mate at the mo . was a good excersize. I am
trying to do a little sketching every day at the moment.
The garden this morning was lovely crisp and clear .All you could
hear were jackdaws in the distance and the rythmic tick tick
of Robins . One male robin sang from the edge of the poplar's
behind our garden with his soft watery song. Not a bad start to the
day.
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Lovely, lively stuff Andy. Totally agree about the spuggies, they are fab little birds and you've captured their character beautifully.

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Now for some things that are completely different
Buzzard in flight from last year, and some Gull sketches
done from wembury beach whilst my kids and wife enjoyed
making sand castles the other week.
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Last but not least, something from abroad a few years ago.
Sooty Falcon field studies , Bahrain. Dug these out to possibly do
a painting using these .
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Utterly fabulous work Andrew - I love the passerines - miss these bits and bobs - maggies, great tits. .. - but what on earth are you doing lending your scope out??!!! -must be some mate!. Having said that- the excercise has worked extremely well - excellent.
The raptor drawings are, of course, sublime - look forward to the sooty painting with relish!
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Got to echo Tim since he's beaten me to it!

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and another echo of agreement from me!
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Last but not least, something from abroad a few years ago.
Sooty Falcon field studies , Bahrain. Dug these out to possibly do
a painting using these .
All stunning Andrew. Your sketches always look so clean and economical of line. out of interest, what pencils do you use?

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Thanks guy's . Tim yes he's a good mate that had an accident with his
scope.(no fault of his own ) so I let him borrow mine.
Getting it back in a day or so. Will try and get the Sooty done soon.
still working on some morrocan paintings.

Dave I tend to use a stilleto pencil as a rule no need to keep sharpening
all the time. 0.5 lead hb mind you I'm a b****r for loosing them so carry
spares in the field.
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Can only supply another echo. Simply superb Andy
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Ditto, ditto, ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fieldwork of the very highest calibre Andy and so blo*ody consistent aren't you ... Aaaarh!
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I am in total awe How can you and notable others on the forum do such fab work from life! I would guess that it's down to experience and a familiarity with the species gained from hours of looking and drawing. Am I right?
Any insight and tips for us novices out here?
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Hello Andrew,
Totally inspiring sketches.
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I am in total awe How can you and notable others on the forum do such fab work from life! I would guess that it's down to experience and a familiarity with the species gained from hours of looking and drawing. Am I right?
Any insight and tips for us novices out here?
Thanks for the comliments everyone, Wendy yes I supose it does come
down to experience , but more with the experience of drawing. I still have
to double check my work with field guides etc for accuracy with
plumage details and some times make silly mistakes on birds
not familiar to me and some that are as well!

Its not too crucial, as long as I try and capture some of the
spirit of the bird . For me I can correct things in studio for finnished
paintings such as mistakes in proportion and plumage details
that ar'nt quite right. This then free's you up in the field
to relax and be more confident with your sketches. This confidence
then grow's into better drawings.
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These sketches are inspiring and motivating!
Having no time at the moment to be outside, I enjoy every day your discussions
and lifelike work!
Thank you for sharing them with us!!

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