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Old Wednesday 14th November 2007, 10:05   #51
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Beautiful sketch work Jomo. I love the 'soft roundness' in your sketching sorry if that doesn't make sense, but I can't think of a better way of putting it!

And best of luck with the cranes from me too (I'd like to see the drawings really!).

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Old Wednesday 14th November 2007, 10:34   #52
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Old Wednesday 14th November 2007, 11:45   #53
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I adore your yellow-rumped warbler, so beautiful against those leaves. I can empathise entirely with the cranes, our European ones don't like me at all, and I always get messages saying things like 60 flew over such and such place (while I was there drawing a chaffinch or some such and not looking at the sky!). I'll get them one day!
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Old Thursday 29th November 2007, 05:05   #54
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Ross's Goose

Daily reports of Bohemian Waxwings from the nearby Arboretum have been coming in since early last week, except, it seems, the only two days of the week I'm free to bird the Arb. I was unfortunately too distracted searching for the absent Bohemians to get much sketching done, but I'm oddly in the mood to put some paint down at the moment, so it was back through the past few weeks' pages for some inspiration.

It's always tough to keep a white bird from turning into a big muddy grey mess in watercolour, so we'll see what happens with this.
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Old Thursday 29th November 2007, 06:36   #55
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so far so good, you've got a lovely softness to the plumage, looking forward to seeing the progression.
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Old Thursday 29th November 2007, 07:53   #56
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so far so good, you've got a lovely softness to the plumage, looking forward to seeing the progression.
Me too!

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Old Thursday 29th November 2007, 08:03   #57
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Very nice start - looking forward to this.
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Old Thursday 6th December 2007, 16:22   #58
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I can't wait to see this one finished. Looks like a handsome pose for a snow goose.
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Old Saturday 8th December 2007, 05:18   #59
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Not sure if I'm done with this, but I think it's time I leave it alone before it all goes to mud.
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Old Saturday 8th December 2007, 09:24   #60
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Wonderfully rendered Jomo!
I love this soft touch in your colored work!

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Old Saturday 8th December 2007, 10:18   #61
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Beautifully executed watercolour - very strong composition putting the emphasis exactly where it should be. Stunning painting.
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Those feathers are something else. Love it.
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Old Monday 10th December 2007, 11:21   #63
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leave it! it's beautiful and doesn't need anything else on it, those feathers are so soft.
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Old Saturday 15th December 2007, 12:58   #64
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leave it! it's beautiful and doesn't need anything else on it, those feathers are so soft.

Agreed, lovely,lovely painting....
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Old Sunday 30th December 2007, 01:24   #65
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No Ho

Photographers have been flocking to the favourite haunt of this rather tame Northern Hawk Owl for weeks now, and today I drove down to Stoney Creek for a peek. I met up with another birder a few hundred feet down the tracks, and together we waited for him to make an appearance. We didn't have to wait long. After an hour and a half of staring through the scope I was starting to feel a little cross-eyed, so I took a break to go find a Timmies for a tea (and to thaw out the cheeks!). Upon my return, a new throng of onlookers had arrived, but now the owl was quite distant. A few birders grew tired of waiting in the cold for him to come closer and left, but no sooner had they done so when the owl glided over, swooped low over our heads, and settled down barely 20 feet away. Had the weather been a little more hospitable I would have filled a lot more pages, but I suppose I'll just have to go back next weekend! What a great bird.
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stunning stuff! Very intimate sketching of what I can only imagine to be a very exciting bird to see. I want one! You've got the subtle angles on the head very well. When I draw owls they always look as though they've been distorted like a Modigliani.
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Old Sunday 30th December 2007, 13:49   #67
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This is one bird I have always wanted to see in the flesh. These are fab drawings and a great account - hope he's around next weekend so we can see more. Lovely work.
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Old Wednesday 2nd January 2008, 11:59   #68
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What a bird to see! I've seen them in captivity but a wild one would be something special indeed! The full body sketch on the middle page is ready to paint, I hope he stuck around for more sketching too.

All the best for 2008

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Much appreciated, all! Nick, I'll make you a deal: box me up your wallcreeper and ship him over (priority airmail, let's not be cruel), and I'll send you my owl. And once you're done with him, perhaps he can serve as some leverage to get Tim to wrangle up a bluethroat.

First painting of 2008 -- one of the winter irruptives to show up in Guelph this past month. My resolution is to do more of this sort of thing this year -- you know, actual painting and all, where I even finish things in terms of days instead of months. Perhaps I ask too much...
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Old Friday 4th January 2008, 17:26   #70
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A beauty - especially the soft tones...
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Old Friday 4th January 2008, 17:53   #71
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Agreed - I always await your colourwork impatiently- and it never fails to deliver. Brilliant work, as usual.
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Love the Hawk Owl sketches and like many others am impatiently waiting to catch up on one of these beasties!
Pine Grosbeak is a super litle painting. Funnily enough Guelph was one of my first stops in Canada. Amongst others saw my first Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Junco and Mourning Dove there in mid November!
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I love the soft tones in this one
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soft and muted, makes the crisp colour of the berries leap forward, this one is a real beauty. Let's make 2008 one for plenty of great work like this!
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More Winter Owls

I've long been aware of the Metz' reputation as a good place to track down Snowy Owls, and given that it's less than an hour away I should have made this trip long ago. I'm completely cursed when it comes to finding owls on my own, however, so it was without great expectations that I headed out at noon (in search of white birds, in white fields, on a white snowy day, no less). I ended up with two gorgeous females, lazily looking as if they'd sat around all day waiting for me to show up. Between owls, I ran across a flock of thirty Wild Turkeys feeding in a corn field -- birds I always mistake for livestock when I first spot them, because birds just shouldn't be that big! Three Rough-leggeds, scores of Snow Buntings and some cooperative Common Redpolls finished off the winter bird theme.
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