Animal behaviour


I was fortunate to have time to study three foxes at dawn. The group probably consisteed of a vixen and two young vixens. The youngsters spent alot of time chasing and stalking each other. I don’t draw mammals often and this morning presented me with the opportunity to make some fast sketches of foxes walking. The adult vixen was freshly moulted ready for winter with a fine bushy tale, a very beautiful animal.


Wild About Wood, Castle Howard Arboretum- 15th/ 16th September

Castle Howard Lake, summer evening. Watercolour on show at Wild About Wood
Lapwing- watercolour 21″x14″ on show at Wild About Wood
Lapwing- watercolour 21″x14″ on show at Wild About Wood

I will be exhibiting at Wild About Wood this weekend, selling original watercolours and cards.

“Watch chainsaw sculpting, be inspired by demonstrations of furniture making, admire the intricacies of willow-weaving, or have a go at tree-climbing!

Watch the ancient skill of heavy-horse logging, or take the family along to the Discovery Zone and get involved in a whole range of activities and workshops including pond-dipping, shelter building, arboretum art & bushcraft.

Enjoy delicious, local food & drink. Try your hand at archery, coracle making (and paddling!), watercolour painting or paper-making, or just relax and listen to some traditional English music. Perhaps indulge yourself with a purchase from our Woodland Market of arts & crafts?

Take a short taster tour of the arboretum, explore our 150-acre woodland garden at your own pace, or just relish the tranquility and beauty of this very special place, tucked away in the Howardian Hills”.

For more details of this great family day out click here.