Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mallard duckling II

Acrylic on canvas-board, 11.5'' x 17''

This painting will be for sale at the Malvern Autumn Show - 26th/27th September 2009. I will be exhibiting a selection of paintings and limited edition prints at the show. Come along to the stand - in the 'Good Life' pavilion, near to the main arena, where I will be working on a new painting over the 2 day event. For more information about this event, see

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mallard duckling

Acrylic on board - 13'' x 16''

(detail, above)

A new painting to be exhibited at the Malvern Autumn Show - 26th/27th September

This study is greatly inspired by the work of Ching. It is very like some of his studies, for which I make no apology. Many of his works comprise studies rather than large and elaborate, heavily composed paintings. I enjoy the way he seeks to represent nature, stripping it back to its simplest, and focusing on the simplicity and beauty of the everyday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

9th September 2009

Marshside RSPB Reserve, Lancs

A bit of sketching during some lovely sunny weather at Marshside, with fellow artist John Cox. Very quite on the bird front, though good numbers of waders, mostly black-tailed godwits and golden plover, further out on the marsh.

5th September 2009

Sabine's Gull, Hoylake, Wirral

I finally managed to catch up with this bird, having heard news of a lingering adult Sab Gull on the Wirral after the strong NW wings earlier in the week. A great bird, which spent most of its time feeding alone. Occasionally it ventured much closer to the promenade, where most of the black-headed gulls were congregating, therefore allowing interesting size comparison with its common cousins.

Size comparison with black-headed gull.
This is my first Sabine's gull, and the last of the 3 arctic gulls I've managed to catch up with in the UK.