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Old Sunday 1st August 2010, 16:12   #2951
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Ah, splendid! Such a visual delight - the composition of the hazelhen in colt'sfoot is simply gorgeous and, although superb in its own right, warrants a re-working in oils/scrylics.
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Old Sunday 1st August 2010, 16:15   #2952
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Number three was the one that struck me most, mainly because of the way it integrated so well with the background. But I decided I wasn't going to write anything until I figured out what bird it was. There was something that looked familiar. Scrawny Forest Chicken right?! I think so because I see the same foliage in the sketches of it. I do think that there's something more appealing about a painting like this when you get some sense of the individual vegetation. This one really has that. In fact the bird is almost secondary to it. But that's fine because that's just the way it is in nature. A really successful blend of bird and environment I think. And nice and fresh as well.

Number one also has a nice fresh feel to it. But I think number three takes the cake!!
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Ah, splendid! Such a visual delight - the composition of the hazelhen in colt'sfoot is simply gorgeous and, although superb in its own right, warrants a re-working in oils/scrylics.
And thanks to Tim for identifying the vegetation. I knew the shape looked familiar.
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superb pic's Nick . esp. like the hazelhen
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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 00:52   #2955
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All three are great paintings, Nick. I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. I have no problems with no. 2, however. It's a wonderfully impressionistic rendering of a bird sitting on a down log with large rocks in the background (that's what I see anyway. I expect others will see other things.)
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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 01:33   #2956
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Nick,

Is that a Woodchat in pic 1? A juv? That's gotta go in "The Book"...as is.

Pic 3 is superb! My little HH! Faint green wash to leaf surfaces to set off the yellows and browns?

Now come on? Is that a Blue Rock Thrush? The comp is fantastic. But BHWagtail perhaps?

Love the way that you don't give away the ID.

After all. What does it matter?

It is the piece. Not the species!

These have made me happy!
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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 05:56   #2957
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Nick,

Is that a Woodchat in pic 1? A juv? That's gotta go in "The Book"...as is.

Pic 3 is superb! My little HH! Faint green wash to leaf surfaces to set off the yellows and browns?

Now come on? Is that a Blue Rock Thrush? The comp is fantastic. But BHWagtail perhaps?

Love the way that you don't give away the ID.

After all. What does it matter?

It is the piece. Not the species!

These have made me happy!
you get a point for Blue Rock Thrush, I'm afraid you lose it again for the shrike - which is a juvenile Red-backed - but as all the distinguishing features are either not visible or haven't been drawn (!) you can have the point back again!
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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 07:44   #2958
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I can only echo other folks comments on your latest 'inspirations' Nick....marvelous work...

The hazelhen in particular makes me smile...wonderful integration...!
My eye is always pulled towards the darkest area of shade...[center below top of bird].....great focal point...!

Lovely stuff......!
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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 08:37   #2959
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you get a point for Blue Rock Thrush, I'm afraid you lose it again for the shrike - which is a juvenile Red-backed - but as all the distinguishing features are either not visible or haven't been drawn (!) you can have the point back again!
You're very cavalier about throwing these iD points about, young sir! It is funny though, isn't it - that, although we are viewing and appreciating art (sorry, that's 'Art') we just cannot let go of the birder instinct to id each flash of colour or curve of line - I do it all the time.
Nick's thread is particularly testing at times, because not only does he approach the bird from unconventional angles of view, he also interprets his subject with the inner eye - add to that some of the exotic (LSE, rollers, bee-eaters) and the obviously made-up (LSW!!!!!!) species which we are presented with and the unsuspecting could flounder.
My thread's a piece of pee - there are either eiders or skuas - period.

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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 13:13   #2960
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Just got back in from what the French weather called "few scattered showers" I'm soaked through - I think I'm going to go to their offices and pee on them!

Not much moving through yet, a young purple heron and a young water rail being the best of the migrants at Pagney - the rail being a French tick for me! - also 17 lapwings and a family of reed warblers (the young have such stubby bills compared to the parents I had thought they were great reeds at first, until the adult came along. Hard to get a sense of scale in the reeds. The bee eaters have fledged a chick at Osselle, so it's not as sterile as I thought after all.
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Old Monday 2nd August 2010, 13:45   #2961
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Delightful!

Did you pop into Dunge for that juv Purp? Maybe you got soaked swimming La Manche?

Yay! Points!
Now I'm gonna have to check every page of your thread to see if anyone's got more than me! Not happy! That's gonna take until September!

Curse my competitive spirit!
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As usual I feel like I'm right there, looking over your shoulder as you sketch these birds. Water rails really seem special!
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Old Tuesday 3rd August 2010, 13:11   #2963
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just leaving you with these two before I'm off to Germany for a week (drinking holiday).

The rail was one of those where it might have been possible to make it a lot better, so I left it there, as I didn't want to make it a lot worse, the heron should have been left alone before I slapped all that white on the background - it really did look special before that.
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Old Tuesday 3rd August 2010, 16:35   #2964
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Still looks special, mate! Love them both and the sketchings are true smashers.
Enjoy the beer-drinking - a much underrated pisstime
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come back with some more!

just stood stock still at the heron drawing, each perfect line put me to shame with all I struggle to get and still don't reach this descriptive joy your line has....the paintings are the derryesque land I love to inhabit.
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Still looks special, mate! Love them both and the sketchings are true smashers.
I think you made the right decision on the rail. It's much quieter than the sketches but still has much of their quality, plus a tad of mystery.

Enjoy your holiday. You're leaving with a bang!
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I love it when there's a burst of activity on this thread! It's all superb but the rail sketches are way beyond even that IMHO.

Have a great holiday, and try to behave! (On second thoughts....Don't!)

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That Reed Squealer is a brilliant composition, and very true to the subject and its environs. The best portrayal of a Water Rail I have seen!
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This is great - so happy to have found this!
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You're very cavalier about throwing these iD points about, young sir! It is funny though, isn't it - that, although we are viewing and appreciating art (sorry, that's 'Art') we just cannot let go of the birder instinct to id each flash of colour or curve of line - I do it all the time.
Nick's thread is particularly testing at times, because not only does he approach the bird from unconventional angles of view, he also interprets his subject with the inner eye - add to that some of the exotic (LSE, rollers, bee-eaters) and the obviously made-up (LSW!!!!!!) species which we are presented with and the unsuspecting could flounder.
My thread's a piece of pee - there are either eiders or skuas - period.
Thats sooo on the money Tim, very good post, and inspirational work young Nick always a pleasure to view.
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I love it when there's a burst of activity on this thread! It's all superb but the rail sketches are way beyond even that IMHO.
Me too. And agree with the watery world Water rail - you could paddle in the puddliness.
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Helllloooooo again, forgive my absence, I spent a rather pleasant week swilling beer and eating all the finest crap that Aldi and Lidl had to offer with a friend in Germany, then I had a rather exhausting week at a friends' wedding in the South of Italy. Not a birdwatching holiday, I still took the bins and sketchbook and saw a few nice things - including this rather fetching Hoopoe mosaic at Pompeii, which inspired me more than a little bit, also this Rock Bunting at the top of Vesuvius was just screaming to be done colourfully and boldly. (Even if the sod wasn't as bold as to stay in sight for more than three seconds).

Back to teaching tomorrow - bah!
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Wonderful! I really like the light you give to the birds
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Up(upa epops) Pompeii!

Couldn't resist! Welcome back drifter!

Great Postcards!

Colourful impossible adorable blasts from a Volcanic Talent!
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Great work, Nick! I looked through the last couple pages of this thread, and your sketches are excellent - and love the style of the watercolors.
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