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Exhibition at Yorkshire Arboretum 4th May- 3rd June

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 jonathan@pomroy.plus.com

For more information about the Yorkshire Arboretum click here http://www.yorkshirearboretum.org/

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My Hawfinch Winter

My winter has been dominated by Hawfinches. The opportunity to know a single species can be so rewarding and I would not swap this winter for one with a stream of rarities. For as long as I can remember Hawfinches have fascinated me, they are right up there with Swift amongst my favourite species. They have a brutish beauty which is a delight to tackle with pencil or brush, subtle colours boldly arranged and a character which is cartoon like with beady eye and massive beak. The strength of that beak is mythical in birding circles; don’t try cracking a cherry or sloe stone with your teeth, easy work for a Hawfinch whose bulky head is full of muscles to operate its stone crusher. When I lived in Wiltshire I watched a pair through a winter and they were elusive and very frustrating at times; hours of observation for a quick glimpse. But this winter has been different. I have been watching flocks of Hawfinches from the Continent. In flocks Hawfinches are more confident, with more watchmen they feel safety in numbers. In recent weeks I have been fortunate to have both a male and a female Hawfinch visit our bird table in Gilling East, North Yorkshire allowing me extremely close views from my studio! Here is a small selection of watercolour studies made this winter. I will be showing more as part of an exhibition at Yorkshire Arboretum in May 2018.

 

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Birdfair 2017 Rutland Water 18th- 20th August

Here are some of the paintings I will be showing on stand 37 in the Art Marquee at this year’s Birdfair. As always Swifts feature prominently after another summer of observation.

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Mass Swift arrival

A huge arrival of Swifts today. Large numbers had been held up by the recent cool weather. With the change to warm weather the ‘flood gates’ have opened and the sky is full of Swifts. Pairs are reforming in the nest boxes giving spectacular views as the approach inches from my face. I sat outside on the lawn and drew directly with my squirrel mop brush loaded with sepia watercolour. Such a joy to study that wonderful shape again and to hear them ‘screaming’ through a cloudless blue sky.

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A little help from my friends!

With the temperature at 3c and a very gusty onshore Northerly wind bringing sleet showers I thought that today’s en plein air hazards were clear cut. Always expect the unexpected when painting outside and never wander far from your painting! 22″x15″ watercolour of Whitby from Sandsend. Some wonderful skies today. Message me if you want a watercolour by me and a female Mallard!