Thursday, 2 May 2013

Where the wild things are...

A sneaky peek of Phillip's eye

I had hoped to have Phillip the Pheasant finished to post this week but although he's almost there, he's not quite ready so instead here's a sneaky peek of part of the painting.  I should have him finished in another session or two.

So in lieu of the entire painting, here are a few more of those sketches I did for the 75 day challenge - yes, yes, I know I finished the pesky challenge on 5 April but I still haven't posted all the sketches (and looking at some of them, I'm not altogether sure I should - the frustration and desire to have finished the challenge were setting in around this point and they get much quicker and much sketchier - which I suppose was the point!) I'm posting 6 of them today to bring it up to 60 otherwise I'll still be posting them come Christmas!

Day 55 of 75

Day 56 of 75


I don't have much to report this week.  Let's see - we did find another sheep with it's legs in the air and her wee lambs all gathered round her - we happened to take a wee back road we don't normally take so you could say it was serendipity for the sheep that we found her - we went into the field and got right up to her before fear of us overcame her apparent inability to right herself and she got on to her feet again and tootled off without so much as a thank you! S said we're turning into a couple of hippie sheep rescuers! I love it!

Day 57 of 75

Day 58 of 75


I was telling the girls at the Animal shelter and apparently another volunteer also found two sheep on their backs this week but when she got up to one of them, although the sheep was still alive, hooded crows had pecked her eyes out - totally horrific, I know, and another reason why it's so important to help them back upright.  

Day 59 of 75

Day 60 of 75


By the way, if you didn't see my post from Sunday, you might be wondering who exactly Phillip the Pheasant is so here's a wee recap:-

                     The Best Reality Show:




Happy Paint Party Friday and thanks to everyone who leaves me such wonderful and encouraging comments. I do try to get round as many folk as possible - the only downside to such a great on-line art community is finding time to visit everyone!!

32 comments:

  1. So great to hear about your sheep rescues, good job there are folk like you out there for them! Your sketches are so great! The kitten is my favorite, those eyes make me melt, a real cutie!

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  2. Loving Phil the pheasant so far :) Like Kat I like the kitten best, but then I do have a soft spot for anything feline.

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  3. I like the kitten best but then I have got five cats so I have a soft spot for cats and I know how hard they are to paint mine always look a bit odd.
    The pheasant is coming along nicely and the frog looks great too.
    Merle.....

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  4. George is looking awesome! I am a cat person, but surprizingly my fave is lovesome George!

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  5. These look great! Really coming along awesomely, and I love the little frog. :)

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  6. I cant wait to see phil when he's finished - but i am really enjoying the rest of your sketchs (i dont mind if we are still seeing them at christmas!!) loved the ostrich sketch but my girls loved the meerkat! Have a great weekend x

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  7. Great post Nic! Cant wait to see Phil finished and your sketches are beautiful, hard to believe you can do them so quickly!

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  8. terrific sketches Nic and look forward to seeing Phil in all his glory.

    Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Ooh I can't wait to see it finished! And I LOVE your sketchy sketches - you're right, that was the point, lol! They are great - all of them :0)
    I am SO grossed out by the sheep v crow horror story! That's the last time I ever sunbath in a field without glasses! Poor sheep - that sounds unimaginably painful :0(

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  10. Sheep with its legs in the air? Huh? Why do they do that? How come they lay on their back and then can't get back up? It sounds like you're having a wonderful time there in between all the animals. You must get some great inspiration for all your drawings and sketchings there! Phillip's eye looks amazing, and I love your sketches, especially the ostrich.

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  11. Philip's coming on well - look forward to seeing him finished. You put me to shame - so productive! Love the froggy too. We tooted as we went past on wednesday, you were at the door waiting to see the postman!

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  12. I love it now when I come down the PPF list I recognize a name and before I open the artists blog I say Oh its Nic she does animals!
    ;-) these are quite wonderful. The red feathers a wonder! The eye!
    And then the others in ink, all delightful, although I am drawn to the cat! None too sketchy in my opinion!
    Sheep story amazing, never heard of such a thing before. The eye story horrible to imagine. but interesting. HPPF!

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  13. I missed the Phillip post - he is a dandy and such a fine subject for you. Love the sketches. I can't stop thinking of uprighting sheep and who'd of thought you would find that to be your newest calling :)

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  14. Love those sketches!! I love pictures of ostriches, their expressions crack me up. And I'm partial to Lonesome George, but that's partly because of his name. They are all wonderful. Can't wait to see Phillip's portrait!

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  15. I didn't know that about sheep...lucky for them you hippie sheep rescuers were on the job! and wow, that's a colorful pheasant...I am anticipating the finished art work! happy PPF!

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  16. Whauuuuu! that eye is spectacular. Saludos

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  17. Always love seeing your sketches and can't wait to see your pheasant when it's finished! HPPF!

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  18. The sketches are lovely and I'm glad you're still working on Phil. If you're too fast I'll be too jealous :) Love the observant and colorful eye.

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  19. Oh Nic
    So good of you two to help out that poor sheep and horrible to think hooded crows could be so cruel!

    I luv the Meercat, my daughter luvs them and Philip's eye you sketched is impeccably well done, sure he will be a hottie: ) Everyone of those sketches is truly wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    Take care,
    Annabelle O,O

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  20. the finding time thing is a tough one, but it is inspiring to see what everyone is up to... and I love that you are now a hippy sheep flipper... suits you... but most of all i am annoyed that you have teased us with that little glimpse of the partridge... that is just mean...xx

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  21. Your drawings are beautiful and expressive, Nic!

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  22. Oh my gosh, that kitty is adorable!!! And the frog!! and the lady bug!!..and the turtle!! Can you tell I love them all? ♥
    Happy PPF!

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  23. POOOOOOR SHEEEEEP. Awe. I couldn't even imagine what it would feel like to get your eyes pecked out. Nightmares for weeks I tell ya! Ick! I would be a hippy sheep rescuer too. It seems like a calling...

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  24. Laughed at your story about the ungrateful sheep, but the other story... so sad and terrible! Yes please be sheep rescuing hippies! :) Lovely sketches all, but the earnest kitten is my favorite, so cute! <3

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  25. Phil the pheasant- what a perfect name ha ha. Love it. Happy PPF and have a great weekend.

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  26. Beautiful sketches - I love all the detail. Your sneak peek has wetted my curiousity! Can't wait to see the finished product. I love your animal paintings! HPPF

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  27. ooooh that eye... you do make them look so alive! can't wait to see the rest of him... and I do so love your sketches!!!

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  28. All your sketches are just great! Love them all! And I´m really looking forward to see the rest of Phillip :) Love his shining feathers! He is gorgeous looking!

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  29. I am always at awe in the expressiveness of your animal sketches. Blessings!

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  30. Nic, Phillip is wonderful, the eye is amazing!! Sad about those sheep...what a story about the crows...tough visual...Glad you are able to help them!! Love all your animal sketches you are so prolific...wow...I am always so impressed!! You define the cliche, practice makes perfect!!

    Hug Giggles

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  31. I am picturing you patrolling the back roads in a specially equipped car with an upside down paper mache sheep bolted to the roof, and banners down the side the side that say Super Nic Sheep Rescue*

    *All Nature's Creatures Joyfully Uprighted Free of Charge!

    I love reading about your art and critter filled life.

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