My Swifts have not left the nest box today. A finely balanced decision between using energy to fly and finding enough flies to make doing so worthwhile.
I am currently exhibiting paintings in Wild in the City at The Forum, Norwich celebrating 90 years of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The exhibition is open Mon- Sat 10am- 5pm and Sun 10am- 4pm until Sunday 5th June. Here are two of the paintings showing.
Rosedale Head, North York Moors
Castleton Rigg from Westerdale Moor, North York Moors
Murk Mire Moor, North York Moors
North Bay, Scarborough
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.
A study of my local Little Owl who in sunshine, rests in an old barn window.
A great day sketching in a bitter NW wind. Four Purple Sandpipers were on the West Pier. Challenging conditions, especially with sea spray constantly coating my telescope lens and glasses! Feeling bitterly cold.