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Old Monday 20th August 2007, 13:59   #26
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That does look great on the black card! Makes the blue really pop out. I really enjoy the vibrant color! Kate
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Old Saturday 25th August 2007, 07:41   #27
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Yip, I'm a great fan of using black backgrounds to emphasize colour, this one works particularly well, and beautifully drawn.
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Old Monday 27th August 2007, 11:15   #28
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this thread is still inspiring me to get some pastels, the gloss on the starling is superb, I'm particularly fond of the cheetah cubs, they have a certain african folkloric feel to them.
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Old Friday 31st August 2007, 12:23   #29
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Thanks! I have some more to post when I get a chance, as well as a watercolour of a treecreeper.
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Old Tuesday 18th September 2007, 13:11   #30
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Hi finally got a chance to sit down and upload some more work. So here goes, most done from photos (with the exception of the last 3) as where possible I have tried to improve on the photo:

Whitethroat

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1297/...869fcb198e.jpg

Flamingos - Lake Naivasha Kenya

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1073/...cda4cdf483.jpg

Hadada Ibis Nairobi

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1068/...f1c8937bba.jpg

Peregrine Tate Modern London

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1111/...7069456920.jpg

African Spoonbills - Lake Naivasha Kenya

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1417/...a3333cfb9e.jpg

Little Owl - Weeting Heath

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1339/...4d3afaf1e5.jpg

Black Tailed Godwit- Cley

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1098/...7bd39d440d.jpg

Treecreeper- Painted from life at Hellesdon Meadow

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1205/...e4161fb550.jpg

A couple more sketches from life at Cley

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1120/...82fa0a6122.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1349/...acd7fba72e.jpg
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Old Tuesday 18th September 2007, 13:39   #31
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Wow ..you've been busy!!

The Treecreeper and Little Owl are my faves, but they're all good.

Keep'em coming

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Old Tuesday 18th September 2007, 14:05   #32
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Hi Kittykat

You have been buzy wuzy here

Love your Spoonbills and your Little Owl pictures. Everything you have done is so well presented here. Well done to you!!

How are getting along with the pastels. They can be messy, but worthy of a good result at the end of the day

Look forward to seeing more too!!

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Old Tuesday 18th September 2007, 21:40   #33
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The godwit is very, very nice. I'd love to see more work in this particular vein - outstanding.
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Old Tuesday 18th September 2007, 23:01   #34
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Some lovely work
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Lovely work - I especially like the whitethroat and owl.
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Old Thursday 20th September 2007, 11:09   #36
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Thank you all. I'm working on a bigger pic of three godwits in pastels at the moment. I probably ought to look into some spray fixative when I get a chance though!
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Old Thursday 20th September 2007, 19:27   #37
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Thank you all. I'm working on a bigger pic of three godwits in pastels at the moment. I probably ought to look into some spray fixative when I get a chance though!
yes, get some fixative, would be a shame for these pics to be wiped away, I adore your spoonbills, the whole thing just comes together so well.
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Old Saturday 6th October 2007, 09:34   #38
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Here is my latest piece. Some black tailed godwits. Hope you like it.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2334/...127f442b_b.jpg
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this is lovely, very elegant and the colours are so vibrant, you've got the birds' expressions perfectly.
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Old Saturday 6th October 2007, 10:45   #40
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Beautiful design too - pastels are hellishly difficult to work with - this is a consummate lesson in how to do so. Excellent stuff.
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I do like it- very much.Georgeous colours and expert use of pastel
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Here is my latest piece. Some black tailed godwits. Hope you like it.
Hi Kittykat

Oh, this is beautiful. I just love the way you have presented this picture.

Pastels are very different to painting, and you have got it 100 per cent right here

The colours, and the postures of the birds are so realistic.

A wow factor here.

Love to see more here!!!

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Old Saturday 6th October 2007, 17:41   #43
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Thank you all for the very positive comments. I think I surprised myself with this piece. I seldom complete anything that I would feel comfortable displaying in my home, but I'm seriously thinking about framing this piece. Considering I've only recently got into painting in pastels I''m amazed that I've got such good results..
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Old Saturday 6th October 2007, 18:38   #44
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Wow Those godwits are fantastic - as is the background too and the way you've done the water.

I used to do portraits of children for my workmates a few years ago in pastel and found it to be a really enjoyable medium to use. Haven't tried doing any wildlife pics in it yet though...I'm still using charcoal and 'normal' pencils. Perhaps I should just throw caution to the wind and 'have a go' with pastels and my embarrassingly large collection of coloured pencils!

Looking forward to seeing more of your paintings - you really capture the jizz of the birds
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 08:40   #45
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Wallcreeper

Inspired by Nick's wallcreepers and with a recent trip to India fresh in my mind. here is my attempt:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2236/...6d097c52d3.jpg
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I've just found this thread today and I really love your drawings Kittykat. The godwits are especially stunning.

I haven't used soft pastels but I've done some bird drawings with pastel pencils, some of which hang or stand around the house, some of which were sold through the village art gallery and the rest lie in a cupboard looking for a home.

For anyone who's interested my Birdforum gallery consists of a collection of some of my drawings.

I haven't done any for a year or so, but seeing this thread has revived my interest and I may just get them out again during the dark days between now and spring.
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 10:21   #47
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Love the wallcreeper, I feel less guilty about having them roud here now that I don't have the monopoly on them, love how the rocks echo the red in the wings.

Alan, some lovely stuff in the gallery, I don't know how I overlooked these, excellent control of a very difficult medium and wonderful subtlety.

Looking froward to seeing more pastel work from both of you.
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 11:19   #48
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Two nice, fresh contributions - well done KittyKat, another lovely drawing to add to the thread.
Very nice merlin portrait Alan - really like this piece!
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 12:44   #49
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Thanks all. I love your merlin Alan!
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 14:28   #50
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Thanks Kitty.

It was the only picture I did during 2007. A friend (birder and ex-workmate of many years) was getting married so I did it as part of his present. I took a scan when I finished it.
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