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APRIL FOOLS WORK BENCH - What's on yours ? (April 2019)

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Pat~


Excellent video/tutorial! Your method really imparts depth to their finery.



I have "glazed" some of my mantel-piece birds (or at least portions of them) with the traditional painting technique of glazing. Raw Umber and Ultramarine are my standbys - in both oils and arylics.


All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Thanks Steve! In the right circumstances it can be effective.

Working on a group of Delta Marsh canvasback decoys...




Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Vince Pagliaroli wrote:

Sugar Pine, 9" L x 4 1/2" H, Tundra/Whistling Swan decoy, awaiting keel & rigging.

Carved for a sign to commemorate a late great gunning partner.

This carving has been in my shop for ten years. It is only just recently that I have been able to bring myself to finish carving it, and to paint it.


Nice lines on that bird!
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RL -

Thank you.


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Getting some shovelers and scaup ready for the big decoy show at St Charles next week...

Pat Gregory
Illinois Waterfowler and Decoy Maker
Duckboat Page Member since 2006

"And when a flock of bluebills, pitching pondward, tears the dark silk of heaven in one long rending nose-dive, you catch your breath at the sound, but there is nothing to see except stars. This same performance, in daytime, would have to be looked at, shot at, missed, and then hurriedly fitted with an alibi."
Aldo Leopold in Sand County Almanac

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Pat Gregory: Apr 20, 2019, 3:14 PM
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Vince,
Terrific little swan. Sometimes it's good to set something aside and come back to it with "fresh eyes.".... but 10 years might be stretching it Laugh

Took down the wigeon deadmount, which had been set aside for a few weeks so I could focus on some other work, and I did a bit more painting on it this morning:






MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Wonderful, Bob!


Can't wait to see those wing coverts....


I'm still plugging away at my Grassland Bird silhouettes. The Horned Larks and Snow Buntings will be in a mixed flock of 17 birds - AND I have to paint both sides because the audience will be able to get 2 perspectives.






All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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That's quite the flock, Steve.


MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Steve, I understand. I painted 94 geese silhouettes in a knock-off Real Geese 4 color style, nearly a hundred sandhill cranes now in three batches, and a three dozen mallards. Toss-in hand painting 96 bigfoots to update their paint schemes, mostly with an airbrush. I haven't used my airbrush since then. It gets a little draining to get both sides "right" so they are mirror images of each other. I suspect you are like me, though; painting is pretty soothing "therapy" since you get to bring the work piece "alive" via the process.

I would call those birds flat work painting with no background...



These are the last four scaup finally completed. It took awhile, since I had to carve four heads, as well as patch all these bodies where the bandsaw blade wandered during cut-out of the cork sheet. The heavy rains falling four the last three days have enabled me to keep at it an get these finished. After the onshore blow abates, it will be time to fish inshore salmon and trout for a month or more. Then I can get back to painting these and finishing the storage cover modifications on the TDB.

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RLLigman: Apr 23, 2019, 5:09 AM
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Good morning, All~


I finally finished up the Grassland Bird silhouettes. I just need to make some bases/supports for the few birds that will not hang on wires.


The "hen" Bobolink with be supported by an 1/8-inch steel rod - 3 or 4 feet above the "ground" - but the male will sing suspended by fine wire. All of these birds will be part of a very large (barn-size) diorama-like display that will feature mostly live demonstrations with Hawks and Owls at a mid-May Raptor Fest.


[CLICK any image to enlarge]









The barn will have 3 or 4 habitats re-created for the weekend. This Bluebird will fly by himself.










Meadowlarks are one of my favorite grassland species.









The call is the key to knowing these Grasshopper Sparrows are about. These 3 will perch on a fence rail.









These Horned Larks will join a bunch of Snow Buntings - as they do hereabouts in Winter.






The mixed flock will be migrating north - from our Washington County Grasslands to the Arctic Tundra. So, I've painted both wintering and breeding plumages.









The elegant sandpiper of the Prairies. Very rare hereabouts. This one will stand atop a fence post.








This one will sing from on high....











In addition to these 2-dimensional birds, I am loaning a pair of E. Allen Wood Ducks - so I can avoid the dreaded NDR label.....


All the best,


SJS






Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Confidence decoys, so not NDR!

Are you developing the patterns yourself, or pulling them from some on-line source(s)?

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RLLigman: Apr 28, 2019, 3:40 AM
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Steve -

Your silhouettes remind me of the work of RogerTory Peterson.


If you should ever get the chance. Visit the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY, and the nearby Audubon Nature Center.

I do believe that you will enjoy yourself. The Lake Chautauqua area has a wealth of interesting places to visit.


Best regards
Vince











"Art does not reproduce what is visible - but makes things visible." ~ Paul Klee, artist, 1920
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Great stuff Steve. When does the Sanford Field Guide to the Birds go to press ??


MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Good morning, Gents~


Thanks for the kind words.


Once upon a time, a young Steve Sanford set out to be a bird painter. Adirondack Life magazine published these Evening Grosbeaks (and several others) in the June 1978 issue. I began my career with NYSDEC in May of the same year.







My career in wildlife conservation intervened, however, so I've been left with "Phase II" to return to my youthful passion - but one still in competition with boats and decoys and a bunch of other things life has to offer.


Ric~ Most of these drawings/paintings are based shamelessly on "borrowed" Google Images. As this is a pro bono project - educational aids for a not-for-profit - I literally could not afford the time - as I do with my "fine art" projects - to develop truly unique renderings.


All the best,


SJS


Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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 "The kernel, the soul, let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances is plagiarism."- Mark Twain

So much for his view on the worth and breadth of original thought and endeavor...!

It's also, in my opinion, the most sincere form of flattery!

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RLLigman: Apr 30, 2019, 3:11 AM