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Old Sunday 2nd May 2010, 02:39   #101
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Thanks so much! It was a fun painting work on.
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Old Wednesday 5th May 2010, 13:30   #102
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I'm very envious of the amount of control you have over watercolour Matt, fabulous colour and exquisite detail.

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Old Wednesday 12th May 2010, 13:17   #103
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Here is a male bay-breasted warbler. Transparent watercolor on W&N 140 NCP paper 8.5 x 7.5 inches. The detail shot is 3.5x 3 inches.

How do you pick a favorite warbler? Beats me, but these are high on the list. Not necessarily the showiest, but beautiful.

A WIP can be found here.
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Old Wednesday 12th May 2010, 22:01   #104
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a tiny treasure Matty, and I think this has some lovely softer edges than I usually see in your work....I like that.
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Old Wednesday 12th May 2010, 23:25   #105
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Aother great piece - beautifully blended, softly muted colours - a real cracker!
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A real beauty. There's so much control of the medium but no loss of the 'life' of the bird Terrific work.

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Old Thursday 13th May 2010, 21:30   #107
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You must have raised your watercolours so well for them to behave like this - I'm afraid my watercolours terrorise the neighbourhood and mix with a bad crowd of acrylics and sniff glue. Nice to see that there are some people with good parenting skills over their paints! A superbly fresh glow comes from this one.
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Nick apty described, but those rebels were always the most fascinating kids around.....
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Matty I love your artwork . I cannot wait to get into watercolouring again . I have just found this thread and noticed that the links in your first post are now dead .
I wonder if it might be an idea to refresh the links in the first post for new visitors in case anyone might think the thread was dead
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Thanks Colleen, Tim and Woody.

Nick, tell your watercolors, acrylics, glue, collage and anything/everything else, to keep doing exactly what they have been doing. The mix you have going now is perfect.

Thanks Earleybird, I repost-ed those early links to paintings in the early posts. They got pulled off when I revamped the website using Flash a while back.
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Some new sketches and another non-bird painting... a 5 x 7 inch transparent watercolor of a female bluet damselfly on Lana 140lb HP paper. The detail of the painting is about 2x3 inches. A WIP of the painting can be seen on my blog.
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Please post as many dragonfly pics as poss Matt....[i love dragons...big time]..!

Am enjoying them...a lot...
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Please post as many dragonfly pics as poss Matt....[i love dragons...big time]..!

Am enjoying them...a lot...
Abolutely agree, but I despair of illustrating them. Beautiful work as usual, Matty.
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When some day in the far future when I can leave the shore and waders, I will use your amazing sketches to really study how it should be done.

I love the colors of the dragon, and also how you suggest perspective and created depth on this one.
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When it comes to dragonflies, you is definitely da man!

But that sounds like I'm dismissing the birds and amphibians...No way am I doing that! It's all top notch.

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Matty, Just came across this thread for the first time and wanted to say how impressed I am with your skill at watercolour. Very fine work
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Thanks again for all the nice comments. My time has been pretty limited lately. The dragonfly and damselflies lend themselves nicely to a tiny 5x7 inch format, which fits my time constraints better than my usual larger bird paintings.

Here are some bird sketches...

Our feeders have finally been taken over by the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks... which were previous overrun by annoying house sparrows. Also included is a sketch of a common redpoll that was visiting out thistle feeder this winter. I need to come up with a better setting for it when I get around to painting it.
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the drawing of the redpoll is sublime, soft and delicate with an absolute thorn of a beak.
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thanks so much! Redpolls are stunning creatures... they only come to my part of Michigan in really hard winters, so they are a real treat... just when you need them in the midst of the miserable cold weather. It also motivates you to keep the feeders full when the temps are WAY below freezing.
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certainly a bird that I enjoy seeing, they do have that ability to warm up a cold day. I love how such a hardy bird can look so cute.
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I don't know how you see these little ones so perfectly, not to mention the beautiful drawings of etched perfection you make. Yesterday I tried so see some little birds hawking over the meadow, and couldn't see any detail even with my bins.....
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