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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Barn Owl complete



I've made a bit of room in my blogger storage which such keep me going another few posts before I have to pay for extra storage (very annoying!!) I'm now resizing photos before I upload to minimize space - thanks again for the advice I was given in the last post.

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    1. Very nice. I've enjoyed going through your blog, you've got a great way of handling the watercolors. I'm still trying to get loose with it.

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  2. That is so brilliant. From Findlay

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    1. Thank you very much Findlay - I'm glad you like it

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  3. There is something very special about this one, I think it is super.

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  4. Please go to your previous post for another suggestion on resizing your pics.

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  5. Lovely finish! Love the eyes and the feathers.

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  6. Love the owl and the bark on the tree!

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  7. Wonderful texture in the plumage, a lovely portrait.

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  8. Beautiful owl, Sharon! And I'm glad you managed to solve the Picasa problems!

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    1. thanks Judy - problem not solved completely yet, need to get upgraded to more storage!

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  9. Turned out very nice! I'm amazed at the detail in the tree bark!

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    1. Thank you Blaga - there actually isn't that much detail in the bark, just a wash of different colours and darker areas added on top but gives a nice effect

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  10. Your blog is lovely, both your paintings and photographs reflect your love of nature. I always enjoy stopping and watching others working, your display at the shopping centre looks really interesting, I am sure you had lots of admirers and compliments.

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    1. it was the first time I'd painted in public, it was a bit strange at first but the day flew by and it was lovely talking to people, especially the children who stopped to ask questions

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  11. your owl is gorgeous and I love the bark effect you got with the tree. I'm glad you mentioned the whole storage and paying thing as I got it the other night when I tried to upload a photo from my pc and hadn't a clue what it was for! Seems a bit cheeky to advertise Blogger as free then charge you for uploading too many photos!!

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    1. hmm it seems they changed the whole storage thing back in April and people are starting to get the messages now but I certainly wasn't aware of it when I created my blog at the end of June - it seems there are ways around it and I'm really grateful for the advice I've been given

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  12. I loved seeing the progression of the owl to the finished piece. How neat is THAT!
    Great background. The perfect use of watercolor... for the leaves especially.
    Interesting about Blogger and the images. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie, you always leave such lovely comments - and yes be careful with the size of the pictures you upload, I'm currently going back through everything and resizing to reclaim some space - a very tedious task!

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  13. This piece of your talent is so sensitive and true.
    Yannis Politopoulos

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    1. thank you for your lovely comment and for visiting my blog

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  14. This piece of your talent is so sensitive and true.
    Yannis Politopoulos

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  15. Awesome work, really like the bark and the feathers !

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    1. thank you so much Jane, really glad you like it

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  16. Very nice finish! I especially like the wing feathers and the contrast of the bird against the tree bark!

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    1. thank you Mara - I have to say I'm pleased with the way it turned out

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  17. Sharon, the owl is stunning! And I will check out your new blog -- the title alone is intriguing!

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    1. thanks Miata - hope you enjoy the new blog - it's a journal of mine and Gary's walks, hence 2 pairs of boots!

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  18. Aw, I love that inquisitive expression! This is a really nice piece. I like the contrasting colors in large sections. It creates just enough interest without overwhelming the viewer. Very nicely done!

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    1. thank you Katherine that was what I was hoping to achieve

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  19. wonderful wonderful painting! for a while I couldn't get into your blog - whatever it was seems to be fixed now! love your new blog too! BEAUTIFUL photos!



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    1. glad you got here eventually Mira - I've been messing about resizing pictures to get some more storgage space after I got the notification so that may have caused some problems with access maybe - all fixed now though hopefully. Glad you like the painting

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  20. Das Bild ist fantastisch geworden. Geniale Ausdruck;-)
    Grüsse Dich;-)

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  21. Apologies for being so late in commenting... but this is fantastic.

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    1. no apologies needed Andrew - glad you like it, quite pleased with it myself, it all went to plan which doesn't happen a lot!

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  22. oh my gosh, this is amazing!

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    1. thank you so much Laurie, so thrilled you like it

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  23. Hi Sharon. So nice meet you. Thanks for your visit and for following my blog. I enjoyed seeing some of your own artwork here and admired you for painting in the mall. Not sure i could do that! :) Your paintings are beautiful and i look forward to seeing your Black Lab when you are able to post it. I love painting dogs too and shall begin one right away. Love the Lake District too. Spent some time there as my sister in law lives in Workington. Cheers!

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    1. It was ok painting in the mall, I had Gary there with me and to be honest shoppers were more interested in the birds of prey on display than watching me paint so I didn't feel too self conscious! Your sister in law is very lucky living in Workington so close to all those fells!

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  24. Dear Sharon - I ran into the same problem as you did - I have had some trouble too with E-blogger and have been to web several times to leave a comment but kept getting an error box. Finally got into it tonight. Your owl is wonderful. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a warm thought. Take care my friend and have a great week.

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    1. have a lovely week yourself Debbie, thank you for popping by :-)

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  25. This is a lovely painting Sharon.I love the simplicity of your art.Joining you on FB :)

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    1. I noticed that you'd joined up thank you - you're artwork is beautiful, thank you for stopping by

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  26. Your barn owl is just beautiful. I'm so glad I found your blog. Thanks for making such a nice comment on mine!

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    1. You're welcome Elizabeth, thank you for stopping by - so pleased you like my owl

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  27. What a beautiful piece! I loved scrolling down and seeing you actually holding an owl. Was that a baby? And that mall looks so pretty!

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    1. Lol he was a fully grown barn owl I think - his name was Sid Vicious! He didn't seem too impressed with my barn owl painting and kept trying to peck my fingers!

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  28. Beautiful painting Sharon! I have just come to your blog for the first time and really enjoying seeing your work. Thank you for visiting my blog, too :)

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    1. thank you Theresa - I often visit your blog, it's great, thanks for stopping by :-)

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  29. Absolutely stunning..breathtaking..you have captured such a spiritual presence in this beautiful creature..such soulfulness...purely magical!
    Lovely to meet you, I love your blog and art!
    Victoria

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    1. Thank you Victoria - what a lovely message, thank you for stopping by, so glad you like my blog and artwork!

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  30. I've recently had the same message as you Sharon `used up my space allowance' I tried deleting many older posts with photogarphs but it made no difference. I was reluctant to `buy' more space because of the payment system being in dollars, although cost was not much and I'm reluctant to set up monthly direct debits.

    However I have found a way round this, which if complicated and a hassle does work. Download Pixcasa 3 and join Google plus. You can then upload photos into Picassa then Google + set up albums and it resizes them for the blog at no cost - as many as you like. It is a bit of a fiddle but works...

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    1. thank you Peter - I'll look into that - I've gone back and reduced the size of the photos in my most recent posts which has freed up some space and will continue to work back and reduce earlier photos, but that sounds like a good way to go forward thank you

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  31. Absolutely fabulous! I can almost feel the softness of the feathers. :)

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  32. Interesting two posts about resizing Sharon. I haven't come across it yet but I have been resizing photos from my PC for a while. Not for space reasons but for copyright. If the photo is smaller it's harder to download and get a good clean copy I think. So another reason to downsize photos. Love your owl by the way but you know that already.

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  33. What a beautiful painting! I'm vissting from Artists in Blogland.:)
    Thanks for sharing the information about re-sizing... I also had the same message and have been working to avoid paying for more space. It will be easy to do when I'm watermarking the photos... now that I know about it.

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  34. Stunning work! I thought it was a photo. Gorgeous.

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  35. What a sweet guy, he looks so curious and at the same time wise, I've been resizing all along and waiting till they tell me I am out of space.

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  36. beautiful. i love the white of the owl against the fantastic texture of the tree.

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