This year I will be showing work at Birdfair in the art marquee, stand 37. I very much look forward to showing at Birdfair and catching up with other artists. If you are going do come along for a chat. I will be showing these and many other new compositions.
A selection of photographs from my Swift nest box camera. The 2 eggs should hatch any day now. The young will fledge in about 6 week’s time. The photographs of Swifts screaming show the birds reacting to non breeding Swifts who are checking out potential nest sites. These younger birds are not yet mature enough to breed and are probably also practicing approach and landing.
Lovely views of a Spotted Flycatcher yesterday. How is it that Spotted Flycatchers have become so scarce? Every park, churchyard and large garden used to have a pair. They have a subtle beauty, with soft expression and elegant shape and for their graceful aerial sorties to catch flying insects. They cost me a grade or two in my exams, because rather than revise I would gaze for hours at the pair that used our open fronted nest box. I was transported today, back to my early days of birding when using my old Swift binoculars I would sketch and note their every move as they shared our garden in Summer.
I have been clinging on to winter recently. I relish being out in and sketching in cold conditions. I enjoy all the seasons, but I always look forward to the return of winter. Cold weather sketching produces unpredictable results. The watercolours on the moors were made despite the paint freezing on the metal tin! Sea spray can also produce some interesting results. But the experience of painting en plein air far outweighs any disadvantages. Wildlife just appears around you, the sensation of cold wind and the sound of birds or waves combine to make it an experience far removed and much more rewarding than painting in a studio.