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Old Wednesday 5th December 2007, 04:07   #201
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Ah, much better, definitely feel the tension now that he's got that bill up! Phenomenal.
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Old Wednesday 5th December 2007, 07:07   #202
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Yes - it's more 'a moment in time' now - well done. I partcularly like the Corot-esque treescape - it' beautifully done.
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Old Wednesday 5th December 2007, 07:59   #203
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I think you get a much better feel of the "territorial stand-off" now. The two birds are definitely interacting.

Love it.
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Old Wednesday 5th December 2007, 09:05   #204
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Mornin' all- I've enjoyed this one. I think there's room for a bit more tension and muscularity in the lower bird yet, but nearly done.

Not sure in what direction to lurch off next, but had 15 minutes thumbing through some top shelf stuff last night (G E Lodge Memoirs of an Artist Naturalist) and that combined with the kind words above is encouragement enough to stick with the new bristly brushes for a little while.
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Old Wednesday 5th December 2007, 16:27   #205
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love it, definitely stick with the boingy brushes!
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Old Wednesday 5th December 2007, 17:51   #206
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love it, definitely stick with the boingy brushes!

Great painting Ed. You must be delighted with this, great to read through the last 20 post anf flollow the thought process along...
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Old Wednesday 5th December 2007, 17:54   #207
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Phew! Great picture.
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Old Friday 7th December 2007, 07:00   #208
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Really, really nice Ed. Personally I like a bit of variation between background and subject, it's sort of how we see things in the real world, aware of what's happening in the surroundings but focussed on the birds or animals.

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Old Friday 7th December 2007, 19:36   #209
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You can feel the tension with the woody's now . lovely pic.
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Old Friday 7th December 2007, 21:58   #210
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Very impressed from your impressionistic qualities Ed!
I always appreciated artists who are able to change styles
successfully!!
I'm very curious to see your next attempt!

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Old Saturday 8th December 2007, 21:12   #211
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It's really heartening to get all these comments- thanks all.

It's been a week with only time for fiddling about with pics- the woodpecker has acquired some more flex and muscle (here's old and new attached- tiny changes can make such a big difference to my eye at least) and also new improved Barry the Barwit gets a Saturday night outing. If there is anyone out there who undertands these things- why might the wormhole jump up in about frame six of ten (it's the same hole in each frame, but you can distinctly see it jump...).

Time for new painting. Maybe I should stay up with my bristly brushes and watch the the Ricky Hatton fight...
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Old Sunday 9th December 2007, 00:04   #212
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Lovely peckers - the hole doesn't appear to jump on my screen (or is that my eyes?).
Well done to Amir THE Khan!!! - with apologies to Graham Earl fans worldwide.
C'mon the Hitman - (with copious apologies to Florence Merryknickers fans everywhere).
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I see he's still out and about on Sunday morning as I am also- in the office! Some things about Xmas I just hate- like work!
I am seeing the hole blink on and off as the worm just leaves it- if you hadn't mentioned it I wouldn't have noticed and perhaps thats not what you are talking about and may be I am procrastinating. Anyway love it . I shall attempt to send it to a friend who would appreciate it- later
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I see he's still out and about on Sunday morning as I am also- in the office! Some things about Xmas I just hate- like work!
I am seeing the hole blink on and off as the worm just leaves it- if you hadn't mentioned it I wouldn't have noticed and perhaps thats not what you are talking about and may be I am procrastinating. Anyway love it . I shall attempt to send it to a friend who would appreciate it- later
Sorry to hear you are in the office- the wormhole does also blink once, as well as skip..mysteriously. I guess Barry can be downloaded by right click from the screen here, but if you or anyone else would like a copy by e-mail they are very welcome.
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Old Sunday 9th December 2007, 12:00   #215
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Ed the hole does jump a little and blink as you say but, hey, who cares! Barry's still an amusing little guy.

Apparently during the scene when the prince awakens sleeping beauty in the Disney film, he takes a little sideways shuffle. Walt noticed this and pointed it out to the animators who said they could fix it but they'd have to redo the scene which would take a couple of weeks and cost x amount of $s. At that Walt said OK, we'll leave it in and he hit his release date and the prince shuffles to this day.

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Ed the hole does jump a little and blink as you say but, hey, who cares! Barry's still an amusing little guy.

Apparently during the scene when the prince awakens sleeping beauty in the Disney film, he takes a little sideways shuffle. Walt noticed this and pointed it out to the animators who said they could fix it but they'd have to redo the scene which would take a couple of weeks and cost x amount of $s. At that Walt said OK, we'll leave it in and he hit his release date and the prince shuffles to this day.

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I think that puts the blinking wormhole issue to bed!

I had a request from a friend last week to do a "cheeky" magpie logo as favour for a French conservation body he does work for- knocked off this morning, first draft in marker pen to avoid any temptation to fiddle or detail and then- bcause it has to be a small logo- simplified on computah
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Old Monday 17th December 2007, 22:24   #217
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Adventures with the bristly brushes continue- I've briefly enjoyed cracking sunrises round here as I head off for another day's non birding, with my local buzzard chased from the roost outside the house by crows, glorious orange lighting from below. Crudely rendered in marker pen as a first go and Buzzard converted into White-tailed Eagle in a moment of artistic licence. Have just had a shot at sunrise with the bristlies- next stop the trees to go on top, then the crows and eagle so its likely to end in tears.

Also I caught that White-backed Woodpecker from up-thread looking odd, so I've whipped its head off and tried again.
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Old Monday 17th December 2007, 22:50   #218
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Fabulous skyscape, Ed - works wonderfully as a stand-alone piece (although I'm looking forward to the additions, too).
It's also very generous to share your angst-ridden trip with the woodies - who knows where you're going to end up with this one, now??!!
Pulling up a chair . . .
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enjoying your foray into bristly brushes a lot, the composition on your eagle is sublime, and I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one to decapitate a bird on the page. I think you've made a good decision on this one.
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Old Wednesday 19th December 2007, 11:58   #221
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Nice sunrise Ed, colours are fantastic...

White-tailed Eagle is a leap from Common Buzzard, perhaps the rest of us can feel less agrieved if tempted to add red spots to woodpeckers crowns in the future

All jesting aside though, a lovely drawing thats sits really well in its frame...
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Old Saturday 5th January 2008, 13:40   #222
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Happy new year all. Fresh back from Florida where managed to sneak in some birding/drawing amidst the family fun. Had some wonderful Hooded Merganser encounters in addition to the feeding pack shown, but having just seen Nick D's Goosanders I am too awed to post any further offerings on the sawbill front for a little while..
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Old Saturday 5th January 2008, 14:32   #223
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Love 'em all, Ed, especially the preening grebe under the dock (wonderful quiet moment of observation). And -- look at all the hoodies! I've had suck a craving for these birds lately, perhaps I can track some down at the waterfront this afternoon. Any plans to paint these up? (They're all ready and waiting!)
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Amazing sketches Ed. Group sketches are begging to be painted, though are wonerful as they are. Hooded Mergansers are breathteaking. Lovely Belted Fisher pencil sketches too. Love these...
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Kingfisher drawing sheet is a 'belter' !!!!! and the hoodies are begging for it - do it quick and it'll be all the better for it. Superb studies (pelicans are actually my favs) - tremendous.
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