"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, 8 March 2009

Back in the field

Heron standing belly deep in the water. Its tail and wingtips submerged with a strong wind from the left whipping up its crest and neck plumes.
Pen and Ink.

Immature Cormorants. Drawings of two different individuals, one much whiter underneath than the other.
Pen and Ink.

Female Goosander.

Male Shelduck preening and Redshank in the rain.
After working on studio paintings for the last couple of weeks it was good to have an opportunity to get out into the field. So I spent the morning at Denaby Ings sketching. Having arrived at 9am to a brilliant blue sky full of the promise of spring, I was hopeful of picking up a couple of early migrants. Two hours later and winter returned with dark skies, wind and freezing rain! So no migrants but did manage these sketches before everything got wet. It wasn't a bad couple of hours though with 30 species logged.

1 comment:

Keith Tilley said...

It's great to get out of the studio isn't it.

I love your pen-and-ink sketches. They're so unfussy, but so full of character.