"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, 26 April 2009

Short Eared Owl

Short eared Owl. Two colour reduction linocut. 105mm x 105mm.
An edition of 14 prints hand pulled using a traditional baren and a wooden spoon, on acid free cartridge paper.

A small print made to use up a small off-cut of lino. Experimenting with designs to use as an illustration for the local bird report cover.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Collard Doves

Collard Dove pair in the trees at the bottom of the garden yesterday evening.

A few days in Scotland

Siskins on the nut feeders.
Quick pen sketch at dusk looking over the garden wall.

Watercolour study of the forestry plantation on the hillside.

Curlew displaying overhead as I was packing up the car to come home.
An unexpected invite saw us heading north to the Scottish Borders for a few days and a change of scenery.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Report Cover

Little Auk. Scraperboard. 95mm x 122mm.

The final drawing for the 2007 Huddersfield Birdwatchers Club Report. This tiny seabird turned up storm driven in the autumn of 2007 at Blackmoorfoot reservoir.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Kilnsey Crag

Kilnsey Crag, Wharfedale.
Watercolour on 140lb Bockingford paper. 152mm x 239mm.

Painted as a study for a possible linocut. Hence the rather flat use of colour and simplified forms.