Saturday, June 30, 2007

I've finished the Marsh Warbler painting. You can follow the work in detail in my blog.
It's in oils on canvasboard (40x50 cm). This piece will be on display and for sale at this year's British Birdwatching Fair in August.

Friday, June 29, 2007

I've nearly finished the bird on the March Warbler painting (still no legs). Now I have to complete the bare branch it's sitting on, and some more leaves under the bird in the lower left corner.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I'm slowly going on with my Marsh Warbler painting. The work on the Blackberry branch is quite time-consuming.

I've spent some hours at a Bee-eater and Sand Martin colony close to my home.
Here are some sketches done there:



























This is the colony, not that romantic place:












One parent with prey:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The new issue of BirdLife Hungary's magazine, 'Madártávlat' has just been published.

My usual identification article can be found on the fisrt page (dealing with the last owls):

An article about nature painting will be published in every issue from now; the first one is about the birth of my Chiffchaff paiting (see earlier blog):

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I've started that oil painting of a singing Marsh Warbler that I could sketch in the previous weeks (see my earlier blog).
I did an additional colour sketch of the Blackberry branch:













I'm working on canvasboard. Here's the composition drawn with raw sienna:













The first layer of colours, roughly blocked in:













The current state of the painting. The background is nearly finished, and I started to add some detail to the leaves and the bird:













A photo of the work. My older son got inspired:

Monday, June 18, 2007

I've been out by the river in the early morning. I could sketch this singing Great Reed Warbler. I'm quite pleased with the light on this watercolour.















Here's a digiscoped photo of him:
















I attatch 2 sketches of this species done in 2004, when I started to work more regularly in the field:















Sunday, June 17, 2007

Adding the last touches, I've finished my Bustard painting today. You can follow the work in progress in my blog (from the very beginning field sketches).
It's on canvasboard with oils (50X70 cm). The title is: 'Sheltering from the heat'. This piece will be displayed at the British Birdwatching Fair in August.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

I've been hiding my Great Bustard painting strated 2 weeks ago. The reason is that I had problems with it.
This is the very first stage, the pencil composition plan:














This is the first try, already published in my blog:












I had to restart the whole thing because of some unevenness of priming. Here's the new canvasboard, with slightly different composition:












I haven't done any photographs during the work, only this. Here the colours are put up rougly. I've changed the pole of the well a bit for better understanding:











You have to wait for the finished painting for 1-2 days. Here's an evening photo of my studio (currently our dining room). Note the Bustard feather amoung my brushes:

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

My Great Bustard sketches were published in the sketchbook section of Surfbirds birding pages: http://www.surfbirds.com/mb/Sketchbooks/bustards-0607.html. Some years ago my Eagle Owl (http://www.surfbirds.com/mb/Sketchbooks/eagle-owls-0705.html) and Lapwing sketches (http://www.surfbirds.com/mb/Sketchbooks/Szabolcs1105/lapwings.html) have also been put up there.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I've been visiting Kiskunság area with my friend. Our main target species was the Roller. With the help of our local friend we could study and sketch some quite tame birds. There was a very heavy storm in the afternoon. It was really interesting to see how the striking colours of the birds were lost in the fading light when they became wet. I tried to catch these colours (note, that they are different on these scans from the original sketches):















I
'm planning to apint an oil painitng of that bird in the rain in the bottom of the page:


























A Roller illustration from 2005:















My friend with the incoming storm (and our sketching gear):











The artificial nestbox used by the Rollers is indicated by the red arrow:

Monday, June 04, 2007

I woke up very eraly morning, and went for some sketching close to my home. I've sketched a singing Marsh Warbler. There was a beutiful composition with a Blackberry branch, I'm planning to paint the scene in oils (sketch for it in the right corner):












































A photo of the bird with closed eyelid:















A different individual singing:












I've visited this area because I've heard Grasshopper Warbler there 1,5 weeks ago. I could sketch it then, and I wanted to add some colours, but the Marsh Warblers caught my attention. Here are some pencil drawings of the Grasshopper:
































And a photo of the bird: