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Old Wednesday 11th June 2008, 18:39   #351
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wonders never cease! superb result.
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Old Thursday 12th June 2008, 04:26   #352
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A quick return to my dirtier habits- this Nordmann's done right on the spot last week, using finger-daubed mud and seawater over pencil and biro.
Lucky Customs didn't stop you bringing that lot back into the country Ed! Did the Spoonies get the same treatment??

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Old Thursday 12th June 2008, 09:17   #353
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Lucky Customs didn't stop you bringing that lot back into the country Ed! Did the Spoonies get the same treatment??

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Hello there- long time no hear.

Spoonies extra tricky this year (sea wall gates dropped at crucial moment, bird chased off roost by Hobbies, bird obscured on the roost by a stint, bird scampering off at high speed on foot) but I've got a tiny sketch and an image nicely burned on the retina that will hopefully find its way onto canvas this weekend...
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Old Sunday 15th June 2008, 21:46   #354
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Hello there- long time no hear.

Spoonies extra tricky this year (sea wall gates dropped at crucial moment, bird chased off roost by Hobbies, bird obscured on the roost by a stint, bird scampering off at high speed on foot) but I've got a tiny sketch and an image nicely burned on the retina that will hopefully find its way onto canvas this weekend...
Nope- didn't get brush to canvas this week except to tinker with the Garganey pic as per Tim's advice.

Since this one has been well received I might stick it in a frame- which leads me to something not much tackled on here, I guess in part because frames are so startlingly expensive in whatever form they come. What's the orthodox approach to framing a strongly coloured acrylic? In the past (lets say 20 years ago when I last did some paintings I was happy enough with to see in a frame) I used to try and find a frame that had some of the colours of the painting in it, but I recently saw some strongly painted landscapes in simple gold frames and thought they looked great- maybe because that way it is absolutely clear that the frame is not part of and not detracting from the picture.

Any views or helpful links on framing strategy would be gratefully received- I took a peek at the blogs of a number of the luminaries on here and they tended to point towards quite traditional brown or gold frames, no matter happy zappy ethereal etc. was the picture contained within it.
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Old Sunday 15th June 2008, 21:59   #355
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Since I didn't get as far as canvas with spoonie pic here's work in progress- a messy sketch done absolutely as I was gawping through scope (green biro being a random choice form my pocket rather an artistic statement) and then a drawing after-the-fact with birds slightly more worked out and re-stacked.
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Old Sunday 15th June 2008, 23:42   #356
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Ed - I'm only adding extra comment to the garganey pic because I rate it so very highly - what you've done is an improvement, no doubt, but I still see an obtrusive band of bright water, directly under the foreground reeds. When this is framed (which it undoubtedly ought to be) this will be further enhanced and may become a distrction to the rest of the otherwise fabulous painting. In my humblest of opinions, I would consider taking the reflection off the bottom of the painting, creating a dark quarter to the composition. However, you have got this far on your tod, so it's up to you. It's always going to be a fab image and one of my all-time favourites.
Framing - HA! - I've no fecking idea - honestly. I really think we ought to start a new thread on it with some expert advise. I need all the help I can get.
Edit - got so carried away with the garganey, I forgot about the super spoonies. Just passing a comment back fro one madeon my thread: the forst drawing is so obviously full of vigour and passion for the moment - it's breathtaking! I like the controlled verion very much too, lovely lines. Just one more observation; Another b100dy keg-hander!!!

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Old Tuesday 17th June 2008, 22:30   #357
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Here's one that may deservedly be greeted by embarrassed silence- but a very quick little memento of a lunchtime Black Redstart flipping across the big glass windows of the city.
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Old Tuesday 17th June 2008, 22:47   #358
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You sure you're in the rigth job?
Creativity to challenge young Mr derry, methinks!
Love it (once I'd worked it out )
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very creative, and true to life - I see these birds every day and usually in this way.
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Embarrassed silence? You've got to be kidding. Lovely painting.
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Old Thursday 26th June 2008, 10:47   #361
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Hello all. Had a day at home yesterday so I grabbed an offcut of canvas board and set myself task of creating a memento of an Asiatic Dowitcher from last month on late afternoon mud. But the lower section looked rather too dark. So I've sawn it off and rather than bin it have flipped it to become a shady autumnal drinking pool with Hawfinch. Now I'm just left with the top offcut, which is only 4 inches by 12 but I think will take a Bearded Tit or a Hobby...
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Old Thursday 26th June 2008, 11:06   #362
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Y'know - just sometimes you can be a tad quick on the draw with that B&D, Ed. - The godwit is beautifully painted and I like(d) the mudscape. Having said that, without the serrated blade's application, we would perhaps never have had the wonderful little hawfinch - so it just goes to show what I know.
Are you calling the garganey 'finished' now, or what?
EDIT - Sorry - I'd better read a bit more carefully - and brush-up my ID skills!!!! Dowitcher, of course. I won't delete my original observation, cos it's funnier that way!

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Hello all. Had a day at home yesterday so I grabbed an offcut of canvas board and set myself task of creating a memento of an Asiatic Dowitcher from last month on late afternoon mud. But the lower section looked rather too dark. So I've sawn it off and rather than bin it have flipped it to become a shady autumnal drinking pool with Hawfinch. Now I'm just left with the top offcut, which is only 4 inches by 12 but I think will take a Bearded Tit or a Hobby...
BIG fan of the dowitcher Ed. Lovely work!

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How did I miss that Garganey? What a jewel of a painting. Top class Ed...

Going back for another look now...
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Oh yeah, like the hawfinch a lot, fabulous colours.

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amazed how you do that - lop it off and turn it into another great painting! superb
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Hello all. I've been sneaking out to enjoy Spotted Redshanks, whch has been lovely but I'm not too excited with what I have to show so far. The coloured one is really a little experiment to see whether after recent learning I can 1. paint a controlled and sensible picture and 2. can do so without resorting to black paint.

Hopefully something more interesting on the Spotred theme to come..
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Hello all. I've been sneaking out to enjoy Spotted Redshanks, whch has been lovely but I'm not too excited with what I have to show so far. The coloured one is really a little experiment to see whether after recent learning I can 1. paint a controlled and sensible picture and 2. can do so without resorting to black paint.

Hopefully something more interesting on the Spotred theme to come..

Lovely work Ed, perhaps you can't see it but the colour piece is a little diamond. The best tringa in the soloar system!(I may be bias when it comes to late summer Spotted Reds!)

They are moving south here now too, no doubt will be looking at them myself over the next few weeks, which will be most welcome. I still remember my first like it was yesterday, found it close to my parents house in Dublin, it was a first year bird and I was fourteen, 1985!
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I agree wholeheartedly with Alan, the spotshank is a beauty. You so can paint a controlled and sensible picture and who needs black when we've got purples?

I remember my first spotshank too, it was, (predictably), at Elmley, in a little pool just like the one you've painted. Happy days!

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Agree with the above and a smashing drawing, too!
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Stunning use of colour on this one. EEK! I can't remember my first Spotshank. All I know it was before '98. Never had the joy of seeing a late summer bird, though juvs and winter birds are little stunners aswell.
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Redshank is superb, Ed. The purples and greens sitting in for your black paint makes me think of gasoline in a puddle (not the most eloquent analogy to conjure up, sorry!) -- he looks almost metallic in that low evening light.

Ah, my first spotshank, I remember him well ... he was riding a leprechaun in the unicorn meadow. We had tea together.
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Redshank is superb, ... he was riding a leprechaun in the unicorn meadow. We had tea together.
I used to drink that sort of tea, too
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Hello all. After a few deluded efforts at proper painting, I've been nudged back into photoshop digipainting to do a Great Knot for Birds Korea.

This one is being done to a tight deadline so nothing like the same level of detail as the previous efforts. Even so it is devilishly difficult with this (or any other spring adult wader) to get the right degree of regular-but-random patterning and layout in the scaps.

Out of curiosity I have kept the stopwatch running on this one to see what level of efficiency can be achieved using these fiendish methods - total time from first draft (also attached) to last draft was 9 hours.
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a great great knot, there must be magic in your computer!
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