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    Some work by my father

    These are pages from a book my father made by hand in 1941, when he was a soph at Cooper Union. Here's the kicker-- he was a lefty, and there was no such thing as lefty calligraphy nibs. So all the penwork, modified Roman caps and the italic, he did with his right, even though he wasn't truly...
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    White-breasted Nuthatch

    I cheated a little on this little guy. The real birds have almond shaped eyelids. I opened them to round, more like a titmouse's eyes, because he looks cuter that way. Artistic liberty. My only songbird, and one of only two pieces with driftwood (the other was a classroom saw whet owl). The...
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    Jr Walker

    Named after Walker, my favorite Harris's hawk at the US branch of The British School of Falconry in Manchester, VT. Around 2/3 life size for a male Harris at 10" long, hence the Jr, and also because Harrises, which are dead silent outdoors, make an infernal racket when you get a dozen indoors...
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    Snowcap

    Another one I thought I'd posted in Sculpture. The Snowcap, aka White-crowned Hummingbird, is a rare species from Surinam. The males are the only hummers that have a pure white crown (as usual, the females look completely different). I had photos of a study skin for reference and was surprised...
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    Abbijane's Feather

    I keep finding stuff I was sure I had posted in Sculpture, but apparently never did. I carved this feather as a gift for our sadly late dear friend Abbijane Schifrin (nobody used her last name). Abbi was a NYC clothing designer who was a crucial connection to selling my work. Abbi knew...
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    Sparrowhawk Head Study

    This rather odd little piece started life as an illustrated demo in my long-gone website about how to carve the head of a Eurasian sparrowhawk from start to finish (this was years before the advent of YouTube). When it was done I figured what the hell, make it formal, but not the same...
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    Laura

    This piece was my sole commission, for the late Alastair Bradley Martin, who had previously purchased Misha, the gilded hawk head (who like all the rest was made on spec). Mr. Martin and his late wife Edith were among the most prominent collectors of art, furniture and antiquities in the world...
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    Grey Falcon

    Cross posted from Wildlife Art. https://creativespark.art/threads/grey-falcon.2442/
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    Grey Falcon

    I could put this in the Sculpture forum but I think better here. An early head study, from 1999. Grey Falcons are relatively rare inhabitants of the central deserts of Australia, including the Gibson desert. Since Gibson is also one of the best known guitar brands, that's the name of this piece...
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    Unfinished Peregrine WIP

    Again from my mid teens, fourteen I think. I started drawing this immy peregrine from life (falconry bird) but never finished it. Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper, 11 x 14". Though it doesn't show well in the photo, the faint outline of the rest is visible on the original.
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    Ornate Hawk-eagle

    I thought I had already posted this but I guess not. I was fourteen when I did it, in 63. Pencil on Strathmore drawing paper, 11" x 14". Done from photo reference (this species is from Central America), but the drawing is much larger than the photo and was done entirely freehand.
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    Harris's Hawk

    An unfinished portrait of a Harris. Acrylic on paper, 11 x 14", 2005. The beak needs more work, as does the area in front of the eye. Unfortunately my hands went bad before I could finish it. Harrises are the sole member of their genus, Parabuteo. They're a sort of cross between a buteo (like a...
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    Finnish Goshawk

    Acrylic on paper, 11 x 14", 1997. This was my second attempt at a color 2D portrait of a raptor. It could have been better in places, but was still good enough to published by request of Daryl Perkins, editor of Talon Tales, the magazine of the Massachusetts Falconry and Hawk Trust, for the...
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    A Piece by My Littlest Sister

    She was known during the wild west days of WC Debates, when we were both forum guides, as victorialis. Even among the many bright people there, she stood out. She passed away at age 62 on July 15 of cancer, leaving a hole in my life that will never be filled. Her primary creative activities...
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    Great Opening Paragraphs

    Of course there are many possible candidates, but for language, punctuation, alliteration, cadence and sheer creepiness, it's hard to beat this. “No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream...
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    African Pygmy Kingfisher

    Another oldie. We miss this little guy. Life size, 3 1/2" long. Tupelo, acrylics, ironwood, kingwood, ebony. Like most small kingfishers, they don't fish.
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    There is Hope for Youth Yet

    This Canadian girl--she was sixteen when she made this video--has got whatever it is that separates the great from the excellent. Her tone is killer, pure Stratocaster; her articulation flawless, her dynamics right on, and the solo, which includes some variations of her own, is utterly gorgeous...
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    So I'm Thinkin'...

    ... about trying colored pencil, of which I have no knowledge whatsoever. Seems like the watercolor ones would be the most versatile. First question--which brands do you people use, and why?
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    Eddie Van Halen RIP

    One of the most innovative and influential guitarists in the history of rock, imitated by thousands. The coolest thing about Eddie, his chops aside, was that he always seemed to be having a great time on stage. He was entirely free of the bloviating seriousness of too many hard rock virtuosos...
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    Lithography Stone

    Inherited from my dad. Around 10" x 12". Don't know how old but from the style my guess would be late 19th to early 20th Century.
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