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Although I'm a lifelong artist with formal training,
all that work in university and graduate schools was in abstract and semi abstract work. A few years ago I took a sudden turn into realism focused on animals. This meant starting over, to give myself all the necessary work left out of my training, to learn realism, work in oils and pastel, and learning to draw again. Art schools don't consider this important anymore at most universities

Each year I've focused on one kind of animal to really learn and understand and gain ease of expression. 2009 is my Year of the Bird.

I'm going to post here what I'm discovering as an artist, maybe it will help others, at the least it will be a place I can track my journey.

Feel free to comment, add to my education, correct errors or just cheer on my efforts in this amazing world I'm entering.
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Black Turnstones watercolor

Posted Saturday 1st August 2009 at 19:04 by colleenc
One of the joys of being a beginning birder is so many new ones. Here is a page from my sketchbook of Black Turnstones. Just a small group of 5 I spotted while looking at some white pelicans and herons along Bodega Bay in No. Calif. It was almost dark and I almost missed them, did some sketches did the rest from some very blurry photos, and looking them up in my
Sibley to find out what they were. I like this little sketch which really does convey the way they were so busy
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My Zen Snowy Egret

Posted Tuesday 28th July 2009 at 03:35 by colleenc
I thought I'd post this, after two months of sketching egrets at the trees on W. 9th St in Santa Rosa, today was the crowning achievement of my short live bird sketch experience.

I managed with the barest of line to capture the difference between a snowy and great egret. tho if you haven't spent hours and hours seeing them side by side as I have you may not know...this to me is a perfect sketch, no hesitation just pure marks that perfectly describe what I saw in front of me, the...
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Inventive Snowy Egret

Posted Thursday 23rd July 2009 at 05:58 by colleenc
Went to Howath Park lake to paint onsite and while there this wonderful snowy egret came right at the end, I grabbed my camera as he came flying in scattering ducks right and left, like I'M HERE!...he started fishing right a way.

This was great after two months of watching them at the roost I got to see one in action. Here's what's funny, besides the foot waggle to get fish I had read about, this one also used his beak, stirring just the tip in the water to lure the fishies at first...
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Blacknecked Stilt in Golden Water

Posted Monday 20th July 2009 at 01:58 by colleenc
This little stilt was the first one I ever saw, it walked along with me for nearly 100 yards, at Shollengberger Park. I'm entranced with these birds they are to me sort of zen japanese designs.

I loved the water it walked in reflecting all the things on the bank, like beautiful multi streaked silk...
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Black Oystercatcher with Chicks

Posted Sunday 19th July 2009 at 23:22 by colleenc
At last! this pair of oystercatchers I've been watching since April, have built at least 3 nests, and finally one has hatchlings....I just loved watching the parent bring fresh mussel to feed them. They match the rock so well unless they move you can't see them. This pair lives at Bodega Head in No California, and are at the point right at the wildest part of the sea hitting the headlands.

In the painting I put the chicks just like they looked, hope you can find them, follow the...
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