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Friday, 10 February 2017

Pheasant Painting... PPF

Surprise surprise... this post isn't about Valentine's.
It's okay, there's plenty of time to get to that isn't there?
I've been more focused on my new feathered friend... Mr P
I'm not being unfaithful to hubby or anything that would cause gossip or scandal.
(Sorry if you were expecting more)
Mr P is the pheasant that surprised me with an early morning visit last week.
He obviously approves of our menu because he has regularly revisited.
I couldn't resist painting the amazing colours and pattern of his plumage... so here's my watercolour painting.
I have really enjoyed painting what appears to be a little wild bird collection.
The Firecrest, Bluetit and now the Pheasant.
If you would like to see another bird, then pop your suggestion in the comment section below.
I am thinking I'll have four in the collection or maybe even six if the suggestions inspire me.
Just outside the window are wooden post for the farmers field and yesterday I looked up only to see a stunning Sparrowhawk. 
Unfortunately, whilst I reached for my camera I shouted out to my hubby and son who jumped up to see him. 
That spooked him and he flew off to the woods. 
I must remember to keep my mouth shut if he appears again and capture him on my camera, before letting anyone know he's arrived.
If you'd like to see the real Mr P that inspired this watercolour painting then click here

As it's Friday once again I'm linking up with Kristin and Eva's Paint Party Friday
Thanks ladies for hosting once again.
This link is truly a fantastic group of artists who share their creativity and are incredibly encouraging.
Happy Friday everyone and thanks for popping into my place.
I hope to see you again soon.
Have a wonderful weekend. 

56 comments:

  1. Wow, when i first looked at this, I thought it was a photo of a pheasant. Gorgeous color and wonderful detail! Happy PPF

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    1. Aww Susan you are too kind. Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
      I was pleased with the outcome on this painting.
      Happy PPF to you

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous, happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks Valerie, happy PPF to you too. I wish you a wonderful creative week ahead.

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  3. Mr. P is just delightful and I am so glad he isn't "on the menu", lol

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    1. I'm adamant that he will not be on our menu... I just hope the local gamekeeper doesn't have him on his shopping list.
      We very often hear the guns going off (gulp)

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    1. Thank you Fran, I couldn't resist painting him.

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  5. Really awesome bird!
    Happy weekend ♥

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    1. I just couldn't resist painting him sirkkis. He had such a fantastic colour palette in his plumage.
      I hope you have a great creative week ahead.

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  6. absolutely gorgeous pheasant ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Weekend ~ ^_^

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    1. I'm glad you like him Carol. I hope you have a happy and peaceful week ahead.

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  7. Your bird is so gorgeous. You are so lucky to be surrounded by nature 😃

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    1. I know I'm very lucky Emma, to have such fantastic wildlife, scenery and space all around me. Thanks for your kind words about my painting.

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  8. gorgeous and so wonderful to have him as a visitor :)

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    1. I do feel very privileged to have him pop into our garden early in the morning. He's not brave enough to come later in the day, possibly because of Muffin being around. She's not an early riser!

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    1. Thanks so much Clare, I was pleased with him

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  10. love pheasants thats a great painting

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    1. I must admit so do I... I think it's their beautiful colourful plumage, but it's also the way they strut their stuff. They obviously think they're something special... and rightly so in my book.

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  11. Gorgeous pheasant painting -such wonderful depth to the colors and details! Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks Linda, not only was I pleased with the painting I had great fun painting him. Happy PPF to you too

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  12. Hello Neesie, so glad Mr P keeps returning - what a thrill!
    Your watercolour is magnificent - the colours are rich and do his beautiful plumage such justice. Looks great in the frame too.
    Happy PPF 😊

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    1. I have to admit it is a thrill to have Mr P visit us. He tends to pop in early in the morning... he obviously must realise that Muffin isn't an early riser.
      I'm currently painting a Kingfisher and hope to finish him for Friday.
      I love these white frames and your comment has reminded me to try to source more.
      Happy PPF to you too.

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  13. You're not tempted to serve Mr Pheasant up for Sunday dinner?

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    1. NO Debra... I'm certainly NOT tempted!

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    1. Aww thanks Christine. Have a great week

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  15. What a beautiful painting of Mr P — you captured his likeness perfectly! I get daily visits from crows and magpies for their feed of oats and sometimes sunflower seeds. Recently, I noticed some butcher-birds, peewees, and fairy wrens visiting too. None quite as fancy as your Mr P though. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks Serena, you've reminded me of all the birds that used to visit us when we lived in Melbourne. I'd forgotten all about the butcher bird and adored the fairy wrens.
      Happy PPF to you

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  16. wow, that is a very nice painting. Looks almost real to me. :)

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    1. Aww you are too kind. Thank you so much :D

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  17. Mr P is a stunner ...
    Fabulous colours

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks so much Jan, I was pleased with him (which is unusual for my paintings) but to have such lovely positive compliments is a real treat and much appreciated.

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  18. Wow! What a wonderful painting! You are so good at birds. Thanks for visiting my birds, not nearly as colorful as yours.

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    1. Thanks Faye, I seem to be on a roll at the moment so I'm going to carry on for a while. This week I'm painting a Kingfisher and hope to share on Friday with the PPF gang.
      Have a great creative week.

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  19. Your pheasant is so stunning! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you riitta, I really enjoyed painting him. I hope you have a happy week ahead.

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    1. Thank you so much Maarit, I was rather pleased with the end result. In fact it was quite a pleasant surprise.

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  21. wow, that's amazing! I never would've thought this was done with watercolours. So beautiful how you did the head. the neck looks almost as if it's a picture....

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    1. Yep all watercolours denthe with a tiny use of a white and black ink pen for highlights etc.
      I used masses of under painting until I got to where I wanted. I must admit I'm rather happy with the result. Now I'm working on a Kingfisher... wish me luck!

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  22. Mr. P was an amazing pic and your watercolor painting of him is just as amazing!! Fabulous piece Nessie.

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    1. Thanks so much Nan, I enjoyed painting him and the final piece. Now I'm thinking a Kingfisher might be good.

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  23. Your painting of Mr P is really beautiful. The blues and greens around his neck look almost photo realistic. Wonderful work!

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    1. Thanks Claudia, I thought I'd give a close-up of his neck because I was so pleased with the outcome. I'm not so happy with the rest of him but all in all I think he was a success.

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  24. You are so good at your bird portraits! I also love the way you are framing them, excellent work!

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    1. I'm enjoying my bird collection so will carry on until I come up with something else Gloria. I love those frames too and most source some more. I think they set any painting off really well.

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  25. You captured him in your painting so beautifully. You are fortunate to have such a handsome visitor.

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    1. I wouldn't have thought to paint a pheasant if he hadn't come in to visit. I'm so happy he liked our menu and has returned. He really is stunning.

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  26. great job getting the shiny colour to his neck :D

    I say a peregrine showed up in the yard in another town we lived in, was trying to grab a pigeon but of course I didn't have my camera on me. one of those times you wish you had cctv lol

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    1. Thanks Jennifer,
      We have so many wood pigeons that if the peregrine falcon went after them, he would certainly be a very podgie indeed!

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  27. Oh boy..this is amazing! Your really know how to draw, paint...and those colors are just perfect. Wow!

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    1. Phew... thank you so much for your fantastic compliments. I really appreciate the positive feedback.

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  28. Stunning Nessie. I think sticking with the ones you encounter would be awesome. I love Mr. P his rich rusts, teal and blue tones are just gorgeous!! This is a great series with so much heart. You can feel your love of birds in these pieces! I'm sure the other one will be back when least expected!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  29. Beautiful. . you certainly did him justice. Blessings, Janet

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