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Monday, 16 July 2012

Anyone for fish?

Anyone for fish? from Gary Jones' photo
by Sharon Whitley the rambling artist



I finished the puffin painting last night and here he (or she) is with a mouth full of fish ready to take into his burrow to feed the little puffins.  Such comical little characters they are - I had never seen one for real until last month when Gary took my daughter and I to the Farne Islands on the East coast of England - have never seen so many birds in one place, puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills to name a few.  This is where he took the photo that I used for this painting.  It was a great day (and it was sunny!) I loved watching the puffins fly out to catch their sand eels and fly back in to feed their young waiting underground in their burrows.  Mind you before they could get to their burrows they had to get past the greedy black headed gulls who were waiting to pinch their fish - just take a look at this........

Oi you black headed bully - go catch your own lunch!!
photo taken by Gary Jones


28 comments:

  1. Wow! What a beautiful puffin, Sharon! His look is really incredibile. Great job indeed! Ciao.

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    1. thank you Tito, I love puffins and pleased he's turned out ok

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  2. Sharon....I love this painting, well done. Reminiscent of DC's photograph which I know you've seen on Birds2blog.

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    1. some great photos on your blog Pete, glad you like it, I really enjoyed painting him. Hope you received your lions print ok and that you like it. Love the card you sent, thank you

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  3. It was a great day on The Farnes, one of my favourite photos of the year beautifully painted, again watched this one develop and it has turned out a cracker, well done you xx

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  4. Hello Sharon, this is a great bird, very beautiful. I like his or her red eyes. A composition made very well.regards

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    1. Hello again Eva and thank you. I can't really take credit for the composition - that goes to the photographer - I'm very lucky to have him, he has a good eye!

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  5. Hello Sharon:) How lazy thos gulls are! I love your painting. Nice colors and a lovely expression! Great job:)

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    1. Renate those gulls were relentless - the poor puffins were running for their lives, nature is so funny sometimes - my daughter was getting really cross at the gulls for attacking the puffins all the time!

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  6. Sharon, this is an amazing painting, love it!

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    1. Thank you Ann - do you get puffins down on the coast where you are?

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  7. he's a great character .. beautiful shot and painting sharon .

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    1. Really glad you like him Jane - they are characters aren't they and hope I've captured that

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  8. Beautiful work, Sharon. I like the innocent 'who me' look in his eyes!

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  9. Espectacular acuarela!! Me encanta como has resuelto los pequeños peces en el pico del frailecillo :) Saludos. Sonia.

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    1. Gracias Sonia, I really appreciate you popping by and commenting. Enjoy your day

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  10. I love this painting! Love the halo background too.
    Also enjoyed seeing the naughty bully trying to snitch the food supply. Pass on my congrats to Gary for the neat photos. He has an eye for a story.

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    1. Thank you Julie, glad you like the blooms - something I do quite a bit with my backgrounds! I will pass on your congrats to Gary - he'll be chuffed!

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  11. Great Puffin, Sharon! Love his expression and the background as well. Glad you enjoyed NEWA!

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    1. Hi Tracy - thank you for dropping by and commenting - so glad you like my puffin - I loved the exhibition and am going back again on Saturday. Off to see the Rolf Harris exhibition in Liverpool on Friday too hopefully so an arty weekend in store for me!

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  12. Oh my! I love this painting - I just discovered your blog and I am blown away by your work. This puffin is amazing. I love the fish too! Beautiful...

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Heather, have just popped over to your page, wonderful! Great interview with Crystal too, thank you for leaving such lovely comments

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  13. This is excellent. The background is so dramatic and free - wonderful!!

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    1. Thank you minnemie! So glad you like the bg - I just love creating blooms!!!

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