Bird paintings, Exhibitions, Landscape in watercolour

Solo exhibition at WWT Slimbridge, 20th September- 6th December 2017.

All the work for my forthcoming exhibition is wrapped and ready to go to The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre at Slimbridge. The exhibition starts on Wednesday 20th September and continues until 6th December. Here is a selection from the 37 new paintings on show. I always love returning to Slimbridge, a place where I spent many happy days filling sketchbooks as a student in Bristol. But also to feel the legacy left by Sir Peter Scott who helped to found the modern nature reserve by bringing people and wildlife together.

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Landscape in watercolour, Sketching outside

Watercolour at Sandsend, Whitby

I completed this 22″ x 15″ watercolour at Sandsend this morning. Hampered by a biting south easterly wind the conditions were challenging for watercolour en plein air. But the experience is always so rewarding. Fulmars were busy on the cliffs nearby. Hardy souls walking out to or back from the headland peered down at my work from the nearby steps. I enjoy people watching me painting and sometimes wish they were less shy about coming to have a look. That said, I was too busy to talk any sense. Watercolour outside changes fast and dries slowly and demands great concentration.

 

Sandsend, 22nd March. Watercolour 22″ x 15″  £375 unframed

 

Landscape in watercolour

North York Moors in winter

North York Moors in winter. Watercolour  "27x 21"
North York Moors in winter. Watercolour “27x 21”

This is a new large watercolour. Measuring 27″x 21″ I wanted to show the moors in their winter garb of ochre and sepia on what some would consider a drab winter day. For me, this is when the moors are at their best and they still look like this when the breeding birds return. The bubbling song of the Curlew joins the sound of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Snipe, Meadow Pipit and Red Grouse to form a very distinct moorland dawn chorus. I have avoided adding any birds to this composition. For those who know the moors, I hope you can stare at the vast sky and hear the upland birds and the sigh of wind through grass and heather.

To reserve this picture please email jonathan@pomroy.plus.com

 

bird behaviour, Landscape in oil, Landscape in watercolour, Sketching outside

Same day, oil and watercolour.

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I paint in watercolour and oil and often swap from one media to the other in a single day. Here are two recent pieces, painted within 24 hours, which show two extremes of my painting range. The first is from sketches of Sansdend, near Whitby on a stormy day. It is an oil painted with palette knife on canvas and measures 30x30cm. The second painting is a fast pencil and watercolour sketch of an Eastern Black Redstart seen yesterday at Skinningrove, North Yorkshire. Measuring 30x27cm this is a quick reaction to a lively bird. This stunning looking Redstart is from the Eastern race and breeds in Central Asia. It has spent the whole winter feeding underneath and around a small area of boulders near the jetty at Skinningrove. Both paintings are now available to buy. Please email me for further details jonathan@pomroy.plus.com

Landscape in watercolour, Sketchbook, Sketching outside

Recent plein air sketching

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Rosedale Head, North York Moors
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Castleton Rigg from Westerdale Moor, North York Moors
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Murk Mire Moor, North York Moors
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Sandsend, Whitby
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North Bay, Scarborough
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Sandsend, Whitby

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.