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Old Sunday 27th January 2008, 10:03   #76
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Three Rough-leggeds..
Any chance of a juvenile Roughleg on here... would look rather gorgeous with the whites on your favoured brown paper.
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Old Sunday 27th January 2008, 10:19   #77
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Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!! Magical drawings of some very special birds - extremely envious of your talent (and location). Make one of these snowies into a painting, please - while the memory's really fresh.
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I agree with Tim. superb sketching and looking forward to seeing the Owl in allits glory
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Old Sunday 27th January 2008, 11:46   #79
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YES! YES! YES! Beautifully caught owls! I second Tim's comment, paint the snowy soon.
Fabulous work, fabulous birds.

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Old Sunday 27th January 2008, 16:52   #80
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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.

A quite stunning series of field sketches of the very highest standard. Owls are probably the species i find most difficult of all strangely, have no idea why, may be the lack of seeing them much, perhaps more to do with the large rounded shapes which makes it harder to get points of reference. however, no such difficulties are apparent here, tremedous work.....
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Old Monday 28th January 2008, 04:08   #81
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No juvies, Ed, though some great up-close looks at a dark morph (such striking birds in flight).

I'll do my best to comply and get her painted up, though I'm going to have to think about this one a bit. White bird, white landscape, it'll be a challenge for sure.
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No juvies, Ed, though some great up-close looks at a dark morph (such striking birds in flight).

I'll do my best to comply and get her painted up, though I'm going to have to think about this one a bit. White bird, white landscape, it'll be a challenge for sure.

Don't let me divert you for work in hand!

I do envy you your dark morph Roughlegs- I've got part way organised a couple of times to come out to Amherst Ont with them in mind, but things have always cropped up...
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Old Tuesday 29th January 2008, 09:15   #83
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these are great, great great! Like Alan, I have trouble drawing owls, perhaps just don't see enough of them, but these are stunning. Looking forward to the painting, you'll pull it off brilliantly if your snow goose is anything to go by.
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Jomo - love your work - makes me proud to be a Canuck - eh? I, too struggle with getting things finished - days instead of months hey - what a concept!!

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Made a start on the Snowy. I pondered ways to tackle this in my usual medium, couldn't see anything other than a whole lot of frustration ahead of me, so I did something I haven't done in years -- pulled out the acrylics. Thankfully none of my paints had dried up, but it took awhile to find some bristle brushes that weren't gummed up with podge or lacquer. I'd forgotten much of what I love (and hate!) about the medium, but I'm having good fun for now.

In the spirit of loosening up and trying something different that's been going on around here, I didn't bother with any preparation or sketching out -- just started smearing paint around. I haven't the foggiest where I'm going, or whether I'll end up tossing it out the window!
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Wow - freehand painting - totally amazing - can't wait to see the end result if the beginning is this good!

Not sure I could do anything without the preliminary sketching.

If this is an example Jomo - keep slapping that acrylic around!
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This one doesn't look window-bound to me. Very brave to make such a huge painting, although I suppose the scale of the bird in real life probably commands such an area. Looking forward to the progression very much.
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Thought it best to give her some surroundings before continuing with the bird, so spent the evening putting her under the elements. She's slimmed up some under the attack of grey paint, but I'll get her fattened up again tomorrow. We're scheduled to get another foot of snow between now and tomorrow evening, good weather for painting Snowies!

Chris, I don't envy you right now ... -50 with the windchill in some places out west I hear this past week, BRRR! Hope you're keeping warm!
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Looking forward to this coming on Jomo. Will it be a she or will you leave it as a he? I see the sketches you made were of a female but that shouldn't stop anyone!
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Well - really! Who in their right mind would envy anyone that lives where it gets this cold - who in their right mind would live here?? Oh right - me!!

More normal people stay inside - we on the other hand had a shopping day a couple of hours away yesterday - but then it was a balmy -22...lol

Yup - it has been down that low here too but thankfully rarely lasts more than a few days - it's on it's way back up to a more normal -12 to -15 which in our very dry neck of the woodless realm is not really all that bad :)

No worries - great birding here - you can see for miles - almost every tree or shrub has a nest - every puddle of water simply teems with life - there are raptors galore and this area is on a major flyway so everything under the sun shows up here at one time or another ...oh and my daughter and grandkids live here!!

Love the way you've added in the elements Jomo - this is going to be a fantastic snowy!
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can't wait to see this one completed, already it makes the forecast for snow here seem a little more cheerful!
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Oh, the horror!

No sex changes for Snowy, Woody, though if I'd gone with a good strong light source I may have been tempted to take the artistic license.

Due to yesterday's inclement weather, my employers decided to close up shop for the day (for the safety of all us commuters). And here I thought I was too old for snow days! So I shut myself in (after a good wave from my balcony to those poor souls inching by on the roadway), laid out the paints, and got to work with a good dose of early optimism. I fattened out the bird, laid down a basecoat in preparation for all that white, and them promptly watched it all go downhill from there. I spent a lot of time fussing with the wing, trying to get the position of the primaries and the looseness of the terts to looks right. Next was the head, which I painted, repainted, and repainted again several times throughout the afternoon. By last night she looked like an irate stuffed cat, and I really wanted nothing more than to snap the board over my knee.

I took another whack at it this morning, and I think I'm much more pleased with it now. She's a lot more alert (no more slitty cat's eyes), and I spent some time determining how the planes of the face should sit. It's not as loose as I'd originally intended, but at least now I feel I have somewhere to go.
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Keep it going there. Sometimes I think we hit a 'pain barrier' with paintings but, if we can get through that, it's almost always worth the effort.

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you'll get there, glad to see someone else changing a picture so much, I think you've got the form right now, just need to slap her into shape.
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With spring just around the corner (even if the days are still too damn cold!), I felt it best to finish this one up before the warm weather hits and I completely lose interest in all things wintery. So this past weekend I newspapered up the coffee table, queued up a marathon of House episodes and forced myself to sit and work at it until she was done. We've been battling a lot these past few weeks, her and I, and I think we'll both be glad to get away from one another.
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Already commented on your snowy in the gallery...but had to pop in to say Wow just one more time for effect!! lol
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Oh, well done! She's stunning - wonderful atmosphere and just the amount of detail needed to describe the form. So glad you continued and, I bet when the dust has settled, so will you be. Love it!
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And she's a beauty! You've caught that 'flat' light that comes with heavy snow perfectly.

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the battle is over, and both sides win! She's a beauty indeed, very atmospheric, a dull snowy day with a snowy owl to brighten it up. Bet youre glad to have finished it.
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