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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Nuthatches, Greylags and ridges


Nigel the Nuthatch (from a photo by Pixelbloke
© Sharon Whitley the Rambling Artist

I really enjoyed painting the nuthatches from a couple of posts ago and so had a bash at another in a different style this time from David Smith's photo who we were doing a tribute to back in April (read more about this here).  One of the his photos that really stood out for me was one of a flock of greylags flying over some marshland and I couldn't resist having a go at them as well....I'm having this one framed to try out in an exhibition this summer - whether it will be accepted remains to be seen but you never know til you try!


Greylags in flight
© Sharon Whitley the Rambling Artist

and last week's walk was on one of my favourite ridges - the beautiful Nantlle Ridge in Snowdonia - just love it there and although it started off cloudy, windy and cold it turned into a beautiful afternoon with amazing views.............

   I love this ridge leading up to Mynydd Drws y Coed 


 if you look carefully you can see where a section of the ridge has fallen away - so you have to be careful on this bit - luckily it wasn't too windy!


self timers mean we do get the occasional photo of the two of us together!

13 comments:

  1. beautiful paintings! I enjoyed you showing us where you were hiking, although I must its a bit scary where its falling away!

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  2. I love the greylags painting!

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  3. I so admire your hiking ability, Sharon. As always, the paintings are wonderful and the photos so very beautiful.

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  4. The birds in flight is a fabulous painting. Definitely worth framing and I will be surprised if it isn't chosen.

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  5. Do 'have a go' at the exhibitions Sharon, you're sure to have more than just the one accepted....trust me.

    Good to see the 'self timer' pic of you and the mountaineer/photographer.

    Regards

    Pete.

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  6. You have such beautiful detail in Nigel's face, Sharon! And I wish you luck in the competition.

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  7. I'm sure you'll do very well with the painting Sharon. It's a beauty.
    That ridge looks a bit tricky. I'll leave that one to the experts :-)

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  8. Two excellent paintings Sharon, I really like the feeling of 'action' that you've managed to capture as the geese take to the air. I'm sure it will do well in the exhibition.

    Don't know how I feel about that ridge...I have enough trouble with the stairs!!...[;o)

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  9. Love all your nuthatch paintings--I have them in my yard in New Jersey too. The way you move the washes through the greylags painting and left those whites in their feathers ... ah, the best of watercolor techniques; and a beautiful subject too!
    The photos are awe-inspiring!

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  10. So gorgeous with that dark background in the painting with Nigel.It´s great looking! The other painting is also lovely!
    It must be a great feeling walking in such a wonderful nature! Good both of you have that same interrest in natur. It´s so peaceful.

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  11. Always in love with what you post - photos and the paintings. What a wonderful artist you are and the Grey-lags in Flight are AMAZING! I find the nests more interesting than the birds and I bet you find many on your hikes.

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  12. Sharon your nuthatch is awesome. Also your Greylags flying. As for your climb - what an amazing view. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Estas aves en vuelo son hermosas. Tienen la brusca belleza del movimiento. Usted es una artista prolífica, cada vez que vengo a ver su trabajo, veo que son muchos los que ha creado, en cambio yo realizo dos o tres en ese tiempo. Como lo hace?
    Felicitaciones por su hermoso trabajo.

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