Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Sploosh pics

There was a freezing wind on the river this morning which kept the whitebaiters at home so the heron grabbed the number one fishing possie. Nice light for getting what I call "Sploosh" shots - the moment the bird strikes at shrimp, small fish or crabs. I call them sploosh shots cause if you were drawing it in a comic thats the caption you'd put with it! Timing is everything for both the bird and my shutter finger.
This is the painting I am working on at the moment.
Its 1.2 metres tall and the arms to the cross 25cm deep. I am not sure if the skull is from a goat or a deer, I suspect a deer. I have a handful of possible elements to include in the final design but I have to bear in mind the final composition so that they will balance the finished work. I had the whole design worked out before I started but got to this point and changed my mind. An artists perogative! I'm quite happy with it so far.


Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Oh, look what happens when life gets in the way! I miss loads of great posts! I am long over due for a day of me time. I long to roam with my camera!Anyway... Loving your bird shots as usual and your painting is looking fan-freaken-tabulous already and given your other wonderful paintings I have no doubt this will be great! Pity great paintings don't nessecarily = sales but I think it's awesome that your not trying to fit into someone elses mold. I found your observations about competitions v's galleries intersting too. I'm still struggling with the paintbrush but time will do it's on thing I guess and they arn't going anywhere!
Take care!

Cynthia said...

I just found your blog and I must say,,,wow!!! What beautiful fotos of birds and artwork. Very inspiring.

Mandy said...

Thanks Cynthia. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Lisa - Not surprised you haven't been out with the camera much lately. You have so much on your plate PLUS it must keep you busy creating all those awesome collages. Kia Kaha!