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Old Tuesday 14th October 2008, 07:48   #451
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Very brave whacking nails into your sculpture! But it certainly does look "right" now.
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Old Tuesday 14th October 2008, 08:24   #452
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Wonderful! Cant wait to see it in all its glory when it's finished.

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Old Friday 17th October 2008, 12:08   #453
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That sorts the forehead just nicely. All lines (even ones in 3-d) are affected by others in proximity. The chin area is the next to be assessed I think. This will have an influence on how the brow looks too. Very nice - is Mr K sen/ assisting still or have you been abandoned?
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Old Friday 17th October 2008, 13:22   #454
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That sorts the forehead just nicely. All lines (even ones in 3-d) are affected by others in proximity. The chin area is the next to be assessed I think. This will have an influence on how the brow looks too. Very nice - is Mr K sen/ assisting still or have you been abandoned?
Mr K Sen left it with me, on the basis of a promise that I would make some feet for it and then paint it. Both he and the customer have long given up asking how I'm getting on with it.

Interesting that you mention the chin- it is such a hard thing to render, given that in true life the chin feathering is fluffy and doesn't really have a defined contour.

So the current plan is to give the chin quite a full convex shape (hopefully not quite like a swift carrying a food ball, but in that form) and then rely on the painting to break it up and fluffify it.

The alternative is to cop out and- even though the rest of the bird is relaxed and a bit puffed up- give it sleeked down compressed chin feathering with a concave profile. A difficult decision which will probably be made spontaneously, when I have got home and had a drink this evening.
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Old Friday 17th October 2008, 13:42   #455
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So the current plan is to give the chin quite a full convex shape (hopefully not quite like a swift carrying a food ball, but in that form) and then rely on the painting to break it up and fluffify it.

. . . had a drink this evening.
I concur with both of these suggestions.
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Old Saturday 25th October 2008, 11:21   #456
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Hello all. Just back from three days on Mull by way of half-term jaunt with my son and friend- lots of eagles in boisterous weather but highlight was the boys calling a 9- pointer red deer stag out of the forest by roaring through a tube of wrapping paper bought from the village shop.

Here's an otter, colour mostly fingered instant coffee. Hopefuly a proper painting to come of one swimming through group of GN Divers which was alone worth the loooong drive.
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Old Saturday 25th October 2008, 13:09   #457
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Ed,
I must congratulate you on this one..... I love the idea of such a spontanious sketch, and even more so by the colouring using 'instant coffee'. I just wonder what you'd have produced if you had the full kit with you.?
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Old Sunday 2nd November 2008, 19:24   #458
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Hello all. Here's another from Mull. Didn't turn out quite as I hoped from a painterly perspective, but for someone who loves divers and otters and doesn't get to see them very often, it captures a unique moment.

Meantimes the Hobby moves along- feet now made and then at last moment I decided to crack its knuckles and give it a rolled up 'n' resting foot. Still rasping and sanding at the body without (yet) scratching the eyes so hopefully I shall get away with doing it all in the wrong order. Rather looking forward to painting it with the benefit of learning from our little sub-forum- on previous occasions I would have been into the raw mars black paint pretty much from the get-go on a Hobby. But this time around, hopefully something subtler can be done and will save up the black until the end.
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Old Sunday 2nd November 2008, 19:42   #459
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Brillaint Ed - both pieces, but the diver pic strikes a true-ringing chord with me. Just as you see them and a well observed range of plumages, to boot. Love this lots.
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I reckon the diver pic is a huge success. The water has been handled in a way that's totally unafraid of using colour and it works fantastically well. A lesson for all of us in that one Ed.

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I reckon the diver pic is a huge success. The water has been handled in a way that's totally unafraid of using colour and it works fantastically well. A lesson for all of us in that one Ed.

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Agreed! Love it Ed. Superbly handled and true to life.

Will say nothing on the Hobby till finished apart from it looks like it will be a cracker!
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One of the best things about being an artist is being able to record special moments like this in your own special way. Excellent painting.
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Interesting day today- had to run the bust leg dog up to the vets in Norfolk and nipped to the coast whilst his anaesthetic was wearing off, where sketched a Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows- a true done-on-the-spot sketch. Not a masterpiece but I quite like the effects you get if you scan it in at 1200dpi and then crop it.

Then back home via Birdscapes gallery near Holt, where I was expecting the Threlfall exhibition to be highlight (5 pics already sold out of 12 so he seems pretty popular right now) but got rather side-tracked by a beautiful Bruce Pearson book. Exhibition coming up of his stuff at Laveham Wildlife Art Gallery this month too.
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Old Tuesday 4th November 2008, 22:35   #464
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I share your enthusiasm for the 'blow-up'. I've always liked the way a multiple-enlargement photocopy (olden days!) can change and emphasise the qualities of really small and (seemingly) insignificant drawings. The crop of the warbler, for me, highlights the 'best bits' of the bird - that super super and the slighly miffed bill angle. Great work Ed.
Also - not surprised that John is selling so well - he's rather good, isn't he. But I'm intrigued about the Pearson book. I've only recently taken delivery of 'In a new light' (I know it's a couple of years old) so what's the new one?)
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I share your enthusiasm for the 'blow-up'. I've always liked the way a multiple-enlargement photocopy (olden days!) can change and emphasise the qualities of really small and (seemingly) insignificant drawings. The crop of the warbler, for me, highlights the 'best bits' of the bird - that super super and the slighly miffed bill angle. Great work Ed.
Also - not surprised that John is selling so well - he's rather good, isn't he. But I'm intrigued about the Pearson book. I've only recently taken delivery of 'In a new light' (I know it's a couple of years old) so what's the new one?)
Sorry to raise your hopes re the Pearson book, not a new one. Until my little epiphany yesterday, I hadn't realised quite what treasure was within covers of "In a new light".
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Then back home via Birdscapes gallery near Holt, where I was expecting the Threlfall exhibition to be highlight (5 pics already sold out of 12 so he seems pretty popular right now) but got rather side-tracked by a beautiful Bruce Pearson book. Exhibition coming up of his stuff at Laveham Wildlife Art Gallery this month too.
Just got the two gripes about this post -
1 - that the Birdscapes Gallery doesn't have an interactive website - I noticed this before and really, for an organisation that deals in images they ought to remedy this aspect.
2 - My gripe about 'In A New Light' is simple - I just wish it had twice as many pages. Beautiful work and a very real insight into the artist's life.
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I don't know how you manage to do it but you make the viewing experience so real and genuine using such artistic expression, love this last little lot.
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Those divers are... I'm lost for words, I like the painting so much.

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Hello all- what a fantastic amount of activity in the forum. If there was prize for variety, I think it would be ours just now..

I've got a little self-inflicted dilemna with this one- background is a freshly dug and filled scrape with the water just lifting some poplar leaves as it floods in. The plan was to stick a yellow and bluey-grey Grey Wagtail (which was the true first bird to visit) in at point "W" top right but now I'm thinking it would be subtler to put a you-don't-see-it-at-first- Woodcock in the same place. Undecided...
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Oh Jeez - that's a BEAUTIFUL painting!! I think you could easily hide a grey wag, let alone a woodcock in that mesmeric water-and-leafscape. (Although I can just detect its presence in the second image!)
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For what its worth Ed i think you should stick to the grey wagtail. It seems a more open natural setting for grey wag imo.I still think it would be a 'don't see it at first' grey wagtail with all the blues and yellow in this splendid painting. Nice work.
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Wow! That's one of my favourites of yours even before the bird goes in. My preference would be the waggy; Just the right colours and shapes.

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That's unanimous then- Grey Wag it will be and thank-you gentlemen.
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I think you should keep it with just the W












Or I would also vote the wagtail.
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Thats a lovely pic. as it is
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