Monday, April 30, 2007

I've painted this Dotterel watercolour yesterday. It's a moulting adult on a warm September day in Hortobágy. The original is for sale (27 x 37 cm, watercolour on paper, 350 EUR).

I've been working from this field sketch done last September, and my digiscoped photographs of the bird.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Our friend, Stefan Boensch had his fist exhibition in a beautiful village not far from Budapest. So we decided with Márton Zsoldos to look for some sketching opportunities in the area. Because of the lack of local knowledge we spent a lot of time with exploreing so I can show you only a few pencil drawings.
Golden Oriole (the first for me this year):

Singing Corn Bunting:

Corn Bunting and Barred Warbler:

Singing Barred Warbler (we found an excllent place with several males):

A photo of one of them:

And the opening of the exhibition:

Stefan talking about his work:

Friday, April 27, 2007

I've started an oil painting based on my Bustard sketches published in my previous blog.

The background will be simple, as seen through telescope. I want to illustrate the heat of midday, but I think I have to do some more fieldwork before going on with the painting. Hopefully next week....

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I've spent one and a half day in Kiskunság National Park with my friend. Our main target were the Great Bustards that are just displaying at the moment. We were lucky and could sketch them from more or less close quarters. Here are the result:

Displaying male. Some gravel pits in the background (not the most beautiful landscape):
A singing Sedge Warbler was quite cooperative:

Red-footed Falcon male:
One of our headquarters, a hide:

The weather was quite changeable on Tuesday with hot and windy, cold, rainy periods changing each other. There was a quite big storm gathering late afternoon in the north, but sadly there was not much raining.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I found a really tame Stonechat male at the river close to my home. I spent some hours in the last days sketching it. Here are the result:

This is the site. The bird regularly used the small tree on the right side of the photo for lookout perch enabling me to make some detailed drawings.

I've checked my older illustration of this species (done 3 years ago), and found several errors (no hook on the bill, small head and eye). This is the proof, that I can't underestimate the importance of fieldwork.

Friday, April 13, 2007

I've started a Bat-work. This is the 1st of 10 species, the Natterer's Bat (Myotis nattereri). It's gouache on paper.

Here I enclose my 2 Bat plates painted 3 years ago. I used acrilic that time. I think gouache is much better for painting soft fur.

The 2nd animal from the top is also a Natterer's Bat. Please compare with my new work.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I've posted a Red-footed Falcon painting some days ago. Here's the poster it was used for (together with a Rook painted some years ago):

Some of my latest illustrations, a few insects.
Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva), gouache on paper

Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo), gouache on paper
Purple Emperor (Apatura iris), gouache on paper

I also enclose some of my former Butterfly and Moth work below.
Lesser Purple Emperor (Apatura ilia), acrilic on paper
Hungarian Glider (Neptis rivularis), acrilic on paper
Fisher's estuarine moth (Gortina borellii), acrilic on paper

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A watercolour finished today. It's that singing Chiffchaff that I've sketched in the last days (see my previous blog).

This is my field sketch of the Poplar blossoms for this painting.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I was sketching a singing Chiffchaff in small wood near my home. I returned there 3-4 afternoons, trying to catch the character of this bird. Here are the results:

This latter shape copied to my watercolour block (in the field) to add some colour:

Here's a photo of him in display posture:

Monday, April 02, 2007

Two more illustrations for an ID article. Juvenile Moorhen (gouache on paper, 21x30 cm, 110 EUR).

Coot chick (watercolour on paper, 26x36 cm, 110 EUR).