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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 16:06   #26
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Oh, nice! Can't wait to see more!
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Hi Deborah, your pictures are wonderful. Some of us can't even draw a straight line (me), let alone draw.
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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 17:35   #28
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But for birds, you do not need to draw a straight line...
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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 22:07   #29
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Golly Moses! I'm stunned at the lovely responses and encouragement from all of you I've not really ''shared'' any sketches/painting with anyone since leaving art college many years ago (which wasn't a great experience for me tbh, I just wasn't 'trendy' enough) so it was a bit nerve racking posting stuff here and I needed several gentle shoves in the right direction. THANK YOU ALL so much at the risk of sounding too fluffy!

Birdpotter: Just a soft Pencil (usually the first that comes to hand) is my favourite (never change thickness just use pressure to alter darkness and thickness of line, if that makes sense - can't be bothered to flap around with a gammut of ''B''s !)

As some have commented, I love colour - can't really explain but I think it's more the mixing of it and finding complimentary colours rather than actually using it LOL - I really want to get better at watercolours as the Post-Impressionists were very inspirational for me in their use of natural light - which water colours do for me - well they do for people like Nick and Tim, so I toil in hope - well that's it really ... no more waffling - other than to say, many thanks again, especially those who don't normally frequent the Art Forum!


Just a couple more on the spot sketches - will get round to uploading some ''finished'' stuff in due course - will have to dig out my old folders and scan some (or do some new ones ... one day .... )
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I'm impressed Deborah especially with the more detailed ones

good luck

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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 23:54   #31
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I particularly find the strong simple outlines on the herring gulls excellent.
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Old Friday 3rd August 2007, 00:06   #32
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I particularly find the strong simple outlines on the herring gulls excellent.

Agree

This is just the sort of thing I'm trying to do myself, if I can get down a similar basic outline and fill in some rough details it would help with my wader ID's no end.

It's the bare minimum required of any worthwhile fieldnotes IMO

...nice work D

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Great crow study! Spot-on.
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Old Friday 3rd August 2007, 00:48   #34
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Agree

This is just the sort of thing I'm trying to do myself, if I can get down a similar basic outline and fill in some rough details it would help with my wader ID's no end.

It's the bare minimum required of any worthwhile fieldnotes IMO

...nice work D

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NOW I know why the other day I had the sudden desire to download Pearl Jam's 'Given to Fly', your signature must have subconciously got into my head. In any case, a great song and one that's been missing from my collection for a long time.
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NOW I know why the other day I had the sudden desire to download Pearl Jam's 'Given to Fly', your signature must have subconciously got into my head. In any case, a great song and one that's been missing from my collection for a long time.
LOL

A great song from a great album!, and with beautiful lyrics.

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Great crow study! Spot-on.
cheers Tim - was actually trying to sketch HG's and a couple of them landed near the gulls for a few secs, nicked a piece of foil and flew off - a very very quick jot down of main shape!
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I'm impressed Deborah especially with the more detailed ones

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Thanks Stewart, much appreciated ..
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Not sure people will like this, I don't particularly! Anyway, just thought I'd upload it to go with other HG sketches - taken from fieldnotes & dismal day on seafront
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Not sure people will like this, I don't particularly! Anyway, just thought I'd upload it to go with other HG sketches - taken from fieldnotes & dismal day on seafront

Stylisticly, this one reminds me of those picture postcards you get at seaside resorts (thats a compliment btw!)..It's jolly and I like it!!

Wouldn't mind seeing a full size scan of your porridge stained Blackbird that you use as your avatar.

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compositionally, it looks like several pictures pasted together. I love the atmosphere in it, and the top left gull in flight is a beauty on its own. Personally, I'd concentrate either on the flying gulls, or the ones on the ground, and in particular that one gull that is a gem!
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compositionally, it looks like several pictures pasted together.
It was Nick - I was trying to work out a composition from several different field sketches but failed abysmally! There .... have cropped it! (looks better, thanks ) Been trying for months to come up with a decent idea for an HG painting, won't even think about posting the other attempts!
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You've captured that sense of freedom that just goes hand in hand with gulls, ah, can't wait to be back in Wales for a few days, I miss the sound of gulls more than anything!
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I am impressed Deborah. I particularly like the duck with the pointy tail.
Not sure about the last one you have posted. You`re not on the recreational chemicals are you ? LOL
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Its a good one deb, I think you've captured that real bouyant feel
that gulls have on a slightly breezey day and this one looks like
its passing fast down wind to the viewer.
my only point would have been to put it in a landscape format
with lots of space infront of the gull.

but thats just my take on it
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Great stuff Deborah, have just read through your thread, a collection of varied and lively work you have here, never seen a more exciting sleeping mallard, great use of colour, I could go on but I think it's all been said. Well done, keep 'em coming.
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Thanks Mouldy - I know everyone has different tastes but if you like the mallard, you may like this too ..

Andy: Thanks for the advice, it's trying to find a way to incorporate fieldsketches into habitat for more complete compositions ... I struggle!
Love the colours on this one, Deb ..are you able to post up your Ring Ouzal?

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I've tried to re-scan it to a larger size Matt but the original was very small to start with and doesn't look v.good at all ... have a quick scribble of Traff instead (done yesterday when he was pretending to be asleep but watching me eat my dinner)
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excellent sketch of Traff, stronglines and immense character. As for putting the birds in habitat, habitat should be sketched at the same time as the bird (or if you want to cheat as I often do - take a photo of where the bird was and sketch from that, working out what you're going to put and where, then put the photo away before starting the painting).
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Lovely work I especially like your gull studies. Your colours are much stronger than mine . Are you using pencils or crayons or something else with the watercolour. I like the watersoluble crayons, they do give stronger colours than the pencils but don't use them alot.
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I've tried to re-scan it to a larger size Matt but the original was very small to start with and doesn't look v.good at all ... have a quick scribble of Traff instead (done yesterday when he was pretending to be asleep but watching me eat my dinner)
LOL

I know that expression all too well ..and don't they make you feel guilty for every mouthful!

It's a lovely little sketch D, a nice snapshot of the ''moment'' ..made me smile!

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