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Monday, 19 November 2012

Waxwings and more from the Wildlife Event


I was thrilled on Friday when I got to see the waxwings for myself - not the most exotic of places, Deeside Industrial Park!  We soon found them - there were a few serious photographers already lined up with their huge lenses on tripods ready to photograph the waxwings as they flew down to feed on the Rowan berries.  There was also an artist there sketching the birds in preparation for doing a painting in acrylics - he said he doesn't do watercolour - too difficult lol!  As always Gary got some spectacular shots of them and hope you like the selection I've posted here....





Here are a few more photos from the wildlife event that was held at the shopping centre on Saturday where I sat painting the barn owl.  It was nice to actually have a real barn owl there too!




It was lovely talking to passers by who stopped to watch and ask questions, including quite a few children who said they'd like to be artists when they grow up so if I gave them just a little bit of encouragement I'd be very happy - it's certainly something I'd enjoy doing again.



15 comments:

  1. Everything about this post is pleasing. Gary's excellent photographs of the ever obliging Waxwings, and the pics of yourself painting the Owl which at one point is actually perched on your hand....wonderful stuff Sharon.

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    1. thanks Pete glad you liked it, I was lucky to see the waxwings on Friday - they'd moved on by Sunday!

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  2. Excelente fotografías y se ve que lo estabas pasando en grande pintando en directo. Ciao

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  3. The photos are amazing Sharon, and looks like you are a really neat painter!!

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    1. Haha Judith I'm not always neat believe me but for this one I took my time!

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  4. Great photos of the waxwings. What mix can reproduce that soft brown of their bodies?

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  5. Sharon.What a great time you are having...painting a barn owl in public..and seeing your first waxwings.Very well deserved for your dedication and skill as a talented artist.Well done and very many thanks for the sparrowhawk print.

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  6. The waxwing almost has the look of an airbrush painting the feathers are so smooth. The first one is a jaw-dropper with the berry in its mouth. Bet Gary was pleased.
    I enjoyed seeing the very tame owl.

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  7. Fabulous photos of the waxwing, and I am so jealous of you holding a real owl in your hands...just love owls !

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  8. So brave of you, Sharon, to sit there and paint in public! It's great that you encouraged the children!

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  9. Wow, what a neat event! Beautiful waxwings and an owl to paint!

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  10. There is something other-worldly about these birds! Beautiful photos. And your day sounds like you may have dropped a small seed in many children - who knows what some will become!

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  11. Such a wonderful event. Looks like you had a lot of fun at the shopping centre. I love to hear that young ones want to be artists.....maybe you should set up a bird painting group for young adults?

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  12. Sharon - This looks such fun from the art and the wildlife point of view. Painting in public takes a lot of gumption so well done you.

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