Saturday, August 28, 2010

Again some Slender-billed Curlew stuff. I'm working on an article about this species. I drew some shapes, here's an example. I used Whimbrel and Eurasian Curlew references, but tried to change them to catch the soft, elegant shape of the Slender-billed.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I've painted another Slender-billed Curlew painting, this time in watercolour and gouache.



There's a birdwatching meeting and race next weekend on Hortobágy, this will be one of the prizes for the winner team.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I've finished my Curlew oil today. It shows the part of an Eurasian Curlew flock with the extremely rare (thought to be extinct by some, but not me!) Slender-billed Curlew. During the spring I made my Curlew studies for this painting. It's oil on canvasboard, 50 x 70 cms, and will be on display at the British Birdwatching Fair.
I've painted similar scene back in 2001. I cannot find better, so this will have the same title: 'Alone'.

I have only a poor quality photo of 'Alone I.':

Monday, August 02, 2010

I'm working on a new oil. It took some days to establish the composition of the Curlew flock:


I've added the main colours with the first layer, establishing the strong side lighting on the birds:


The painting is at this stage at the moment:



I'm on a family holiday in the hills, but find some time working on the painting. I have this view from the terrace: