"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Thawing Snow

Thawing Snow. Watercolour on 140lb Bockingford Paper. 225mm x 297mm.

A studio painting based on the field sketch posted last week.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

First Record

Coal Tit in the Silver Birch tree in the back garden yesterday morning. The first record of this bird for the garden list.

Norwood Green

After the heaviest snow fall for some years the thaw has finally begun. Two days after I did this drawing the field was clear of snow.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Winter Hillside

A quick 10 minute watercolour sketch of the snow shadows falling across the hillside opposite home. Painted at 10am this morning. Half an hour later and under a more overcast sky the shadows, although still present were a much less intense blue colour.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Female Peregrine

Peregrine cleaning her talons. Pencil and Ink Wash. 155mm x 240mm.

Based on a field sketch drawn last year in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. At a site I have been studying since 1985 and which has been continuously occupied by Peregrines since 1984. Not drawn for any specific reason other than the sheer joy of it!