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Friday, 5 October 2012

WANTED! Sparrowhawk reference photo

A call out to all the wildlife bloggers out there - I'm after a good photo of a Sparrowhawk to paint as Gary doesn't have one - neither does Paint my Photo who I also use for copyright free photos so if anyone out there has a good close up photo of a Sparrowhawk they don't mind me using I'd be really grateful - and I would credit the photographer and send a print of the finished painting if you want - or you may not want it lol!

It's Friday!  My day off but no walking up mountains today, instead we're having a wildlife day, off to Tatton Park as Gary wants to get some shots of the red deer now it's rutting season.  We were going to take our bikes but there's a strap gone missing from the bike rack - very annoying!  Hoping he gets some great shots, in the meantime here's a painting I did from one of his photos of a hind which I think he took at Leighton Moss.

Hind
© Sharon Whitley


Have a fantastic Friday everyone, whatever you're doing!!!

23 comments:

  1. What beautiful eyes! Good luck finding your sparrowhawk photo!

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    1. Thank you Judy, I've got a couple of sparrowhawk photos now, can't wait to get started on one - just wish my sparrowhawk would make a return appearance !

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  2. Lovely painting Sharon, you have managed to capture the look of that moment when a deer spots you just before it moves off.

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    1. thanks Ann I wanted to capture 'that' look

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  3. Hi Sharon, what a lovely painting!

    I've added some sparrowhawk photos to my flikr stream here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59615389@N00/

    Not very dynamically posed, he was just perched up in the conifers and making the occasional swoop after a sparrow! Feel free to use them if they're any good to you!

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon - what a treat to have this gorgeous bird in your garden and to get such great images, I've had another wildlife photographer offer his images too and fancy doing a couple of versions so will use his and one of yours, thank you x

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    2. He he, looking forward to your renditions, have fun painting!

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  4. Wow! Sharon, this is absolutely beautiful, what a nice eyes you have given to this young hind. Have a good w.e. Ciao!

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    1. Thank you Tito - hope your weekend is good too!

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  5. Oh, doesn't she look startled! I feel I can see deep into her eyes... This is beautiful!

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    1. Glad you like it Blaga, I did this one quite a while ago but I still like it

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  6. Oh my heavens...how gorgeous is this! What a feeling of being right there in front of this sensitive and gorgeous deer. You have made my day!

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    1. Julie I'm thrilled you like it, now you've made my day lol!

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  7. Sharon, not for me to name names on here but....I know one or two photographers who visit your blog, I also know of one or two excellent images of the Sparrowhawk you're looking for. Lets hope some of them see you request.

    Lovely painting of the hind.

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    1. Thanks Pete - I've got some great references now, just need to find time to paint them!

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  8. Your edge work in this is wonderful, it makes the portrait statement.

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  9. Can't hep with the Sparrowhawk photo but that's a fabulous painting of a hind. ;-)

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    1. thank you John glad you like it, take care

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  10. Love the hind - and have you tried Morguefile for the ref photo? also copyright free..

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    1. I did try Morguefile but there was only one quite grainy photo but have got some great ones now to use from a couple of lovely photographers!

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  11. Hey Sharon,
    What a wonderful painting. It's so cleverly done. You must have a lot of talent to make this. Fantastic!!
    This deserves a nice spot on the wall.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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    1. thank you so much Marco, what a lovely comment, thank you for popping by

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