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Dave Slaughter
07-23-2006, 08:42 PM
This is a scratchboard drawing of a marsh wren, tinted with transparent ink. I spent a lot of time this spring tape recording and photographing these very vocal and very territorial birds. A western marsh wren has more than 150 song variations in his repertior and they will destroy the nest and eggs of any other bird who dares to nest in their territory. I've tried to portray the cocky and aggressive nature of these fellows. Any comments or criticisms would be appreciated. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jul-2006/83835-marsh_wren_scratchboard.jpg

Mary Woodul
07-23-2006, 09:21 PM
This is absolutely marvelous. I don't know if we have those birds here. It looks like some I see around here but I do know that some black birds just killed some little birds that were still in their nest in my back yard.

07-23-2006, 09:27 PM
Wow, is all I can say. What a wonderful rendition in scratchboard. Especially love the added touch with the inks.
BRAVO :clap: :clap:

07-24-2006, 12:50 AM
This is fantastic! :clap: What a great rendering!:thumbsup: I love the added colour.:cool: Just a great work you have there.:clap:
ginger :wave:

07-24-2006, 05:14 AM
Yes I think you captured the personality of this little bird so well. Its all in the eye ... that piercing look .... you wouldn't want to mess with him would you:D

Wonderful scratching Dave:clap: :clap:

07-24-2006, 11:55 AM
That is a dynamite scratchboard!! Love everything about it!:clap

07-24-2006, 10:03 PM
Super job on that bird!


07-25-2006, 09:08 PM
That is a wonderful piece! Detailed, animated and realistic.

07-25-2006, 09:31 PM
Nice Job on this scratch!!!!!!


Greenish Apple
07-28-2006, 08:18 PM
Great detail. Very nice work.

07-30-2006, 08:10 PM
Wonderful work! I think you've definitely captured "Marsh wren": general pose on the cattail, the perky upturned tail and the lovely, subtle colouring of these fiesty little birds. I also like the contrast of the somewhat harder edges of the bird and the fuzzier qualities of the cattail.

My one very small, tiny comment is wrens' beaks tend to turn down near about the last third to quarter before the tip, I feel like I'm nitpicking to even mention it, it's such a tiny thing and this is such a nice work.

- Tania

08-01-2006, 12:35 AM