Here is a selection of very recent bird studies, all in watercolour. For sizes and prices please click the RECENT PAINTINGS tab above. All were painted on the Yorkshire Coast. For further details or to purchase, please contact: email@example.com
I am looking forward to showing twenty new paintings at Saltbox Gallery from 11th October. There is a variety of new work on show including watercolours and oils and birds and landscapes. I have included a number of studies of common garden birds, North Yorkshire landscapes and of course some swift paintings. I will be in the gallery to chat about my work on Friday 11th from 11am-3pm. A selection of the paintings is shown on the slideshow below.
My new book is available to buy now from my Big Cartel shop. Pay via PayPal. Also prints and cards from the book. Please click on the link below.
High quality, limited edition, Giclée prints, printed exactly the same size as the original painting. Approved by the artist. Signed and numbered.
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A5 blank cards x4
Swift studies x2 and Swifts at sunset x2 included
£12 including UK delivery
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I am very grateful to Mascot Media who have produced my first book, On Crescent Wings, a portrait of the Swift. The book is currently being printed by Swallowtail Print in Norfolk.
After a very slow start, this has been something of a ‘vintage’ Swift summer. The weather has enabled frequent prospecting and screaming parties here. Having moved house last summer I have been attempting to start a new colony here in Gilling East. A Swift entered one of my boxes yesterday and we are seeing regular fast flypasts by up to nine birds. The signs are good but I will have to wait until next year to see if my efforts have worked. There are about two weeks left now to enjoy the main Swift activity. Peak counts in this village have regularly doubled those of last year.
Here are some pages from my book. The photographs show a unbound proof copy. It will retail at £20 and will be available from mid August via this website.
I stood in Helmsley market square this morning, my sketchbook on the car bonnet, gazing skyward. I was watching and sketching Swifts. It is wonderful to see that crescent shape in the sky again after nearly nine months. The Swift watching lead to another, much more unusual observation- three large birds, just white specks against the blue sky were Spoonbills, three of them moving North. I later discovered that three Spoonbills left RSPB St Aiden’s reserve near Leeds, heading North East a little over an hour before- the same three? This sheet of studies was painted in Ampleforth this morning. The sky was cloudless and this modest first arrival of Swifts should be joined by many more in the coming days and weeks. In summary I counted 9 over Helmsley, 4 over Ampleforth and none in Gilling East.
This exhibition of recent work includes some of my field watercolours of Hawfinches seen at the Arboretum over the winter. You can go in to the exhibition and superb cafe free. Entry to arboretum is £7, children free. The private view is on 3rd May. Please email me if you would like to come firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the Yorkshire Arboretum click here http://www.yorkshirearboretum.org/
It is currently 3c and pouring with rain here in Gilling East, but I find myself surrounded by memories of high summer. I am currently working, with Mascot Media, on a book of my appreciation of Swifts due to be published in August 2018. The book will launched on my art marquee stand at Birdfair 2018. It has been a pleasure rummaging back through old diaries and sketchbooks to relive days spent with Swifts. These sketches take me back to different times in my life; primary school, art college at Bristol, our first house near Bradford on Avon right up to our present life here in North Yorkshire. Throughout this time summers with Swifts have been a constant joy.
The book will bring together my love of painting skies with more intimate drawings of the Swifts in their nest space. I hope the book will share my passion for watching and sketching these remarkable birds and raise awareness of the need to protect them.