Sunday, 21 April 2013

Still no Puffins...

Sketch 52 of 75

When we came to Caithness on holiday last year before ending up moving here, we went in search of puffins as they are known to burrow and nest on the dramatic cliffs that make up the coastline along the north coast. We didn't see any last year but later learnt that it was too early (March) and that they should be around in May as that's when they tend to mate and nest. We've been on a couple of puffin searching expeditions this month but still no sign so we'll try again in May and see if what we were told is true - they are elusive little birds!

I want to paint a puffin as part of the series of local animals paintings I'm doing for the upcoming art exhibitions and really want to be able to use a photo I've taken myself (read - a photo that S has taken as he has the patience and bells and whistles camera to get a good shot). However, if all else fails then I can always go to my favourite photo reference source - Paint My Photo as there are some great shots already on there. 

Sketch 53 of 75


Anyway, I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches today and here is a sketch I did of a puffin for the 75 day challenge (yes, yes, I'm still banging on about that!) as well as a little baby deer(which was actually crouching down like that although in my sketch he looks a little deformed!) I also plan to do a deer painting and I have the perfect photo I took of a gorgeous little doe at the Ark open farm last year which I can use.

Here's my other post this week in case you missed it - I've just submitted my entry to the portrait competition so will find out at the end of May if I've been short-listed or not!

                    Here's me and who's like me:


21 comments:

  1. such beautiful sketching and that portrait is beautiful, you did an amazing job, the skin is glowing and the hair is so life like, wow, its a winner!

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  2. Love your puffin sketch, you are right there is a small window when puffins are around. I went up to orkney a couple of years ago where there are huge numbers of puffins and didn't see a single one! I was told that by the end of june they have all gone, and I had missed them. I was very dissapointed. Happy Puffin hunting :)

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  3. Wow Nic..your work is brilliant..I am always inspired by your sketches and art so very much...the Puffin is so gorgeous..so much intricate building of details..amazing lines..wonderful strokes and marks..I adore the sweet eye expression..and the curve of the beak is so pronounced and stunning! The deer is so delicate and gentle..I love everything about this sweet soul!
    And woah...the self portrait is amazing..you are such a talented artist ..beautifully done! I peeked at the post below.. seeing the progress of this painting was awesome! Gorgeous!
    Victoria

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  4. Wonderful puffin and little deer sketch ~ Beautiful! ^_^

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  5. lovely new sketches!!!! and that painting of you is fab!!!! wow!!!!

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  6. Lovely sketches, beautiful and effortless looking! Love!

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  7. Absolutely love the sketches, beautiful!

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  8. Just lovely sketches, hope you win the portrait competition, you should!

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  9. such sweet sketches! I love the little deer:) Fran T

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  10. Ooooooo can't wait till you see the puffins. I've loved puffins for as long as I can remember. I think they are one of the funniest looking birds ever. Your self portrait is fandabbydozzey.... sounds like a fantastic scary competition... fingers crossed for you. If you win I'm getting tickets to the National Gallery... so exciting... :)

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  11. Lovely sketches, and your portrait turned out awesome! Looks really nice :D

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  12. The little deer is a winner he looks so unsteady on his feet like he has just stood up for the first time.
    I hope you do well with your portrait.
    Merle....

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  13. Your sketches are wonderful. LOVE your style and line-work. :)

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  14. That little deer is too cute! :) You should paint him! :)

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  15. Ooh, I've never seen a puffin! Do you see Whales? And have you seen those Northern Lights yet?
    I love your sketches! Good luck with the competition :0)

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  16. Wonderful illustrations and I hop Puffins show up soon for you. :)

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  17. I have only been in my area for a year now, and like you, I enjoy discovering all the nature that abounds here. Hope you spot a puffin, and if not, I'm sure you'll enjoy the adventure of looking for one. Sweet drawings of the puffin and baby deer.

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  18. those sketches are both so dang cute! I hope you spot a puffin soon!

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  19. Here's to seeing puffins in May! I'd love to see one myself someday. They are amazing. Also amazing is that beautiful sketch of the baby deer. It is stunning.

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  20. I always wanted to see a puffin myself, I've seen lots of photos, and they just look like such amazing birds. Hope you'll see some soon, and get some nice photos. I'm looking forward to seeing your painting!

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