Michele Clamp Art

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Owls 3 - Clamp 1

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So after some studying and planning I'm finally making some headway with the owls.   Somewhat counterintuitively I'm having to be much more careful with the marks and not let the paint do too much of the work.   I don't think I'm quite there yet but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Tufted titmouse

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A tufted titmouse (as suggested by James and as featured on the Maine Audubon website).    The brushes are flowing more freely these days and it's showing in the end result.   Nice and loose but still crisp where it needs to be.   This one will definitely make the final list.

Bald Eagle

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Phew.  Everything seems to be a struggle these days. Not quite sure how I feel about this one and it'll probably take a couple of days to work out whether it has made the grade or not.    At the moment I'm fairly happy with it.

Saw-Whet Owl

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SOLD!

Boy oh boy!    Half way through this one I was wondering if I had ever known how to paint and whether I'd ever be able to again.  The values were wrong,  the edges were wrong,  and it didn't even look much like an owl.   As often happens when everything goes wrong throwing caution to the wind and throwing some paint around can bring things back from the brink.   He turned out pretty well in the end and I'm safe for another day.